You are here: Home » International » News » Politics
Business Standard

Would invite Kim to US if summit goes well. If not, will walk away: Trump

The June 12 summit would represent the first-ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting US president

Topics
Kim Jong-un  |  Donald Trump  |  North Korea

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un

today said he would consider inviting North Korean leader to the if their summit on Tuesday goes well but made it clear that he is ready to "walk away" from the meeting if his goals were not achieved.

The US and its regional allies want to see give up its nuclear weapons.

https://www.business-standard.com/article/international/meet-the-dealmakers-instarumental-behind-kim-trump-summit-in-singapore-118060800666_1.html?1528454026Also read: Meet the dealmakers instarumental behind Kim-Trump summit in Singapore

Trump and Kim will meet on Sentosa, a smaller island off the coast of Singapore's main island. The June 12 summit would represent the first-ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting

Trump made the remarks after meeting Japanese Prime Minister at the to discuss the June 12 summit. Abe's visit is part of a flurry of diplomatic activity in the run-up to the summit, as countries try to ensure their interests are not overlooked.

"Maybe we'll start with the White House," he told reporters after he was asked whether he would invite the North Korean leader to the or his Mar-a-lago resort in Florida.

He said it was possible an agreement to end the Korean War could be reached, though he called that "the easy part" of the negotiations.

"It's what happens after that that is really important," he told reporters.

He, however, made it clear that he was ready to "walk away" from the meeting if his goals were not achieved.

"I am totally prepared to walk. It could happen. Maybe it won't be necessary. I hope it won't be necessary to walk, because I really believe that wants to do something that is going to be great for his people, and also great for his family, and great for himself," Trump said.

"I am totally prepared to walk away. I did it once before. You have to be able to walk away.

"If you're not going to be able to walk away -- we didn't walk away from the horrible 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. They're no longer looking so much to the Mediterranean," he said.

Iran, he said, is no longer looking so much to what was going on in Syria, Yemen and other places.

"They're a much different country over the last three months. And again, I say that with hope that maybe something can happen," said the

About Kim's personal letter delivered to Trump by the North Korean leader's top aide last week, the President said, "The letter was just a greeting. It was really very nice. Perhaps I can get approval to put it out. It was really a very warm letter, a very nice letter".

"I appreciated it very much, and nothing other than. 'We look forward to seeing you, and we look forward to the summit, and hopefully, some wonderful things will work out'. So it was really very warm, very nice. We appreciated it," Trump said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking later at the White House, said Kim had indicated to him personally that he was willing to denuclearise - although it is not clear if that means is coming closer to the US vision of what that entails.

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.

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 16:23 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
.