US President Donald Trump said he would consider inviting Kim Jong-un from North Korea to the White House if his summit in Singapore is going well.
Trump made the comment after meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss the June 12 summit.
He said it was possible to reach an agreement to end the Korean War, although he called that “the easy part” of the negotiations. “It’s what happens after that that is really important,” he told reporters.
The United States and its regional allies want North Korea to renounce its nuclear weapons, but Trump acknowledged that “it will take more time” than a meeting to achieve that goal.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking later in the White House, said that Kim Jong-un had personally told him he was willing to de-nuclearize, although it is unclear if that means North Korea is approaching the US view of what does that imply?
What did Mr. Trump say about the summit?
Trump said he did not want to use the term “maximum pressure” in reference to North Korea “because we’re going into a friendly negotiation” but he warned that he had many more sanctions he could use against North Korea.
He also said that it was “totally prepared to walk” If the summit did not go well, but if it went well, an invitation to Mr. Kim to visit Washington was not out of the question.
“Certainly if it goes well, I think it might be well received,” he told reporters. “I think [Kim] would look at it very favourably so I think that could happen.”
But, when asked about a report from a day ago, Trump could invite Kim to his Florida retreat Mar-a-Lago, he quipped: “Maybe we’ll start with the White House, what do you think?”
Earlier, Trump said he did not think preparation was essential for his meeting with the North Korean leader.
“I think I’m very well prepared. I don’t think I have to prepare very much. It’s about attitude, it’s about willingness to get things done,” he said.