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Wednesday 20 June 2018

Trump on North Korea summit: I think it’s going to work out very well

The US president will meet Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday.

US president Donald Trump has spoken positively of Tuesday’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (AP)
US president Donald Trump has spoken positively of Tuesday’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

US president Donald Trump has said he has “a clear objective” for this week’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, which he described as a “one-time shot” for the leader.

Mr Trump said he was about to undertake a “mission of peace” as he left the G7 meeting of world leaders in Canada on Saturday.

Mr Trump, who prides himself on his deal-making prowess, told reporters he thinks he will know “within the first minute” of meeting the North Korean leader whether he is serious about the nuclear negotiations.

“I think I’ll know pretty quickly whether or not, in my opinion, something positive will happen,” Mr Trump said.

“And if I think it won’t happen, I’m not going to waste my time. I don’t want to waste his time.”

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Preparations are under way in Singapore for Tuesday’s historic summit (AP)

It will be the first time a sitting US president and a North Korean leader have met.

Mr Trump cited the unprecedented nature of the Singapore meeting and said he was convinced that Mr Kim wants to do good things for his country.

“He could take that nation with those great people and truly make it great, so it’s a one-time, it’s a one-time shot, and I think it’s going to work out very well,” he said.

“That’s why I feel positive, because it makes so much sense.”

This is a leader who really is an unknown personality. People don't know much about him President Trump

He also praised the North Koreans, saying they have been “really working very well with us” during preparations for the summit.

“So far, so good. We’re going to have to see what happens. I very much look forward to it,” he said.

Mr Trump hopes to persuade Mr Kim to completely abandon the arsenal of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that the North Koreans have spent more than a generation amassing.

“I have a clear objective, but I have to say that it’s going to be something that will always be spur of the moment,” the president said ahead of Tuesday’s summit.

“This has not been done before at this level. This is a leader who really is an unknown personality. People don’t know much about him. I think that he’s going to surprise on the upside, very much on the upside.”

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