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(2nd LD) Trump says summit with N. Korea is about 'attitude'

All News 02:59 June 08, 2018

(ATTN: UPDATES with details; RECASTS para 1; CHANGES headline; ADDS photo)

WASHINGTON, June 7 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un isn't so much about being prepared as it is about wanting to "get things done."

The highly anticipated meeting in Singapore is five days away as the two sides try to reach a deal on dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program in exchange for security guarantees.

"The summit is all ready to go," Trump said at the top of a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House, adding that both sides have been preparing for a long time.

This AFP photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on April 17, 2018. (Yonhap)

"I think I'm very well prepared. I don't think I have to prepare very much," he said. "It's about attitude. It's about willingness to get things done ... So this isn't a question of preparation; it's a question of whether or not people want it to happen, and we'll know that very quickly."

Trump and Kim are slated to meet at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The president said it will be more than just a photo-op and could be followed by additional meetings.

"I think it's not a one-meeting deal. It would be wonderful if it were," he said. "They have to denuke. If they don't denuclearize, that will not be acceptable."

The summit comes after Trump and Kim exchanged threats and personal insults last year over Pyongyang's testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles capable of reaching the continental U.S.

Abe has been pushing Trump to also address Japan's concerns about North Korea's short- and medium-range ballistic missiles and the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by Pyongyang decades ago.

Tokyo is also a strong advocate of the international sanctions regime against Pyongyang.

"We cannot take sanctions off," Trump said. "I could add a lot more, but I've chosen not to do that at this time, but that may happen."

Trump said U.S. and North Korean officials are "working very hard" in Singapore to prepare for the summit.

"It's all going along very fine and I hope it continues on this track," he said. "If it does, the world will be a very happy place."


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