U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came back from meeting Kim in Pyongyang to describe the North Korean leader as "a smart guy who's doing his homework" for the summit, according to one U.S. official familiar with the matter.
Mr Trump said that even though the talks are subject to change, he hopes they go ahead. "That he understands that the current model doesn't work", Pompeo said. And while you've been trying to keep up with every detail of what will go down in that meeting, you should also know that the historic summit will be held in Singapore's Capella Hotel.
Macron was biting in his criticism of Trump, saying that the other six leading industrialized countries at the summit could get along there without the U.S. "We've seen how many inadequate agreements have been struck in the past".
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"The US has been clear, time and time again, that complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula is the only outcome that we will find acceptable", Pompeo said. "The president recognizes that North Korea has great potential and he looks forward to a day when sanctions on the DPRK can begin to be removed".
However, that can not happen until the Pyongyang completely and verifiably eliminates its weapons of mass destruction programs, he reiterated.
"Until we achieve our goals, the measures that the world, alongside the United States has put on the regime will remain".
"I think it's going to be a very fruitful meeting, I think it's going to be an exciting meeting".
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The summit comes after Trump and Kim exchanged threats and personal insults past year over Pyongyang's testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles capable of reaching the continental U.S.
"These programmes threaten our homeland, our allies and partners, and the broader non-proliferation regime. It has supporting infrastructure that is also of concern", he said.
Trump himself said on Thursday that he did not think he had to prepare very much and that "it's about attitude".
"It's why the two leaders are meeting. 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", he said. "And we can not take sanctions off". It believes maintaining sanctions will give the USA the upper hand in negotiations with North Korea.
Trump, who coined the term "maximum pressure" to describe USA sanctions against the North, said they would be an indicator for the success or failure of the talks. Asserting that the approach that Trump was taking is fundamentally different, the top American diplomat said in the past, there have been months and months of detailed negotiations, and it "got nowhere". "This has already driven us to a place we'd not been able to achieve".
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