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  • Associated Press President Donald Trump shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday in the Oval Office. Abe urged Trump to get North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to release Japanese abductees.

Friday, June 08, 2018 1:00 am

Trump readies for Kim talks

Says attitude will be more crucial than preparation

Associated Press

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WASHINGTON – Heading into his North Korea summit with characteristic bravado, President Donald Trump said Thursday that “attitude” is more important than preparation as he looks to negotiate an accord with Kim Jong Un to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

Preparing to depart Washington for next week's meeting, Trump dangled before Kim visions of normalized relations with the United States, economic investment and even a White House visit. Characterizing the upcoming talks with the third-generation autocrat as a “friendly negotiation,” Trump said, “I really believe that Kim Jong Un wants to do something.”

Trump's comments came as he looked to reassure allies that he won't give away the store in pursuit of a legacy-defining deal with Kim, who has long sought to cast off his pariah status on the international stage. The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

“I don't think I have to prepare very much,” Trump said. “It's about attitude. It's about willingness to get things done.”

Administration officials indicated that Trump actually was putting in preparation time. National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis noted the president met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security adviser John Bolton on Thursday afternoon “to continue their strategic discussions” ahead of the summit.

Trump spent Thursday morning firing off a dozen unrelated tweets – on the Russia investigation and other subjects – before meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to talk about summit preparations and strategy.

Declaring the summit to be “much more than a photo-op,” he predicted “a terrific success or a modified success” when he meets with Kim on Tuesday in Singapore. He said the talks would start a process to bring about a resolution to the nuclear issue.

“I think it's not a one-meeting deal,” he said. Asked how many days he's willing to stay to talk with Kim, Trump said, “One, two, three, depending on what happens.”

Still, he predicted he'll know very quickly whether Kim is serious about dealing with U.S. demands.

“They have to denuke,” Trump said. “If they don't denuclearize, that will not be acceptable. And we cannot take sanctions off.”

Trump, who coined the term “maximum pressure” to describe U.S. sanctions against the North, said they would be an indicator for the success or failure of the talks.

“We don't use the term anymore because we're going into a friendly negotiation,” Trump said. “Perhaps after that negotiation, I will be using it again. You'll know how well we do in the negotiation. If you hear me saying, 'We're going to use maximum pressure,' you'll know the negotiation did not do well, frankly.”

At another point, he said it was “absolutely” possible he and Kim could sign a declaration to end the Korean War. The 1950-53 conflict ended with an armistice but not a formal peace treaty.

Abe, for his part, pushed Trump to raise with Kim the issue of Japanese abductees held in North Korea. The Japanese leader wanted to make sure that Trump's efforts to negotiate an agreement don't harm Japan's interests. Trump said Abe talked about the abductees “long and hard and passionately, and I will follow his wishes and we will be discussing that with North Korea absolutely.”

Christopher Hill, the lead U.S. negotiator with North Korea during the George W. Bush administration, said a summit with the North had long been available to U.S. leaders.

“The fact was, no U.S. president wanted to do this, and for good reason,” he said. “It's a big coup for (the North Koreans), so the question is whether we can make them pay for it.”