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Trump and Abe express optimism ahead of North Korea summit

08 June 2018

"And I would put my money on the president of the United States".

Abe is pushing Trump to raise the issue of Japanese abductees held in North Korea and is seeking to ensure that Trump's efforts to negotiate an agreement with Kim don't harm Japan's interests. Still, Trump tried to tamp down expectations. "But he's also going into the summit with his eyes wide open", Pompeo said at a White House briefing after the Trump-Abe news conference. "And things can happen between now and then".

Abe praised the "incredible leadership" of Trump in setting up the summit with North Korea, before specifically mentioning the case of a young girl who was kidnapped by North Korean agents 45 years ago.

The goal of Trump's "maximum pressure campaign" is to press North Korea to return to dialogue and produce desirable outcomes from talks.

"We don't use the term anymore because we're going into a friendly negotiation", Trump said.

"I know Rudy", Pompeo added.

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When it comes to illicit nuclear weapons programs, North Korea is the undisputed master.

Mr Abe said he was confident Mr Trump understood Japan's concerns about its citizens who were abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s to help train its spies in Japanese language and customs.

"We can't step through this over years, but rather need to acknowledge it will take some amount of time, that this doesn't happen instantaneously".

"The sanctions are extraordinarily powerful, " Trump said.

However, the senior White House official pointed to Trump's relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping as a sign of how he might deal with Kim: Trump frequently talks about how close he is to Xi, but this has not stopped him from talking tough on trade with Xi. If you're not going to be able to walk away - we didn't walk away from the disgusting Iran deal that was signed, and if you look at what's happened, since I signed that deal, Iran and in all fairness, I say it with great respect for the people of Iran, but Iran is acting a lot differently.

On Thursday, Trump dangled the prospect of inviting Kim Jong Un to the White House if he deemed the summit a success while also signaling he was willing to walk away if he thought talks did not go well.

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The secretary of state is the most senior U.S. official to have met the North Korean leader and a key figure in preparations for next week's historic summit.

After what seemed like a lost opportunity, the summit between United States of America and North Korea is officially back on cards. Sputnik spoke to American political commentator, Rob Taub, to discuss the implications of Mr. Giuliani's comment. "And I am very confident that the president will be fully prepared when he meets with his North Korean counterpart". Trump hosted Abe twice at his private Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

Responding to a question, the USA president said it will be more than a photo-op.

In a meeting in the Oval Office, Trump said he's "very well prepared". "I think it will be well received and I think he'd look at it very favorably", said the President.

'I think they've been preparing for a long time also. Abe heads to Canada from here to attend the G7 Summit.

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Trump and Abe express optimism ahead of North Korea summit