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Trump sees 'tremendous success' in upcoming N Korea talks

AFP  |  Washington 

predicted "tremendous success" today in upcoming groundbreaking talks with North Korean leader Un, adding that the reclusive state had promised not to shoot missiles in the interim.

The comments came after the American leader said he has received encouragement from the leaders of and as he moves toward the high stakes summit, announced suddenly this week.

"I think is going to go very well, I think we will have tremendous success... We have a lot of support," Trump told reporters before boarding his Marine One helicopter to travel to a rally in

"The promise is they wouldn't be shooting off missiles in the meantime, and they're looking to de-nuke. So that'd be great."

Earlier, Trump said China's was appreciative of his decision to opt for diplomacy rather than "the ominous alternative," while Japanese was "very enthusiastic" about talks with

Trump reached out to the Asian leaders in phone calls Friday after his stunning decision to accept an invitation to meet Kim before the end of May.

The turnabout -- a huge surprise after months of intensifying brinksmanship over the North's nuclear and missile programs -- caught even Trump's top aides off

Just hours before Trump made his announcement Thursday, had said direct talks with were "a long way" off.

Tillerson, who was travelling in Africa, cancelled his scheduled program in because he felt unwell after a "long couple days" working on North Korea and other issues, his said in a statement.

Goldstein later said Tillerson was feeling better and would resume his on Sunday.

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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 06:30 IST