He also stepped back from using the term "maximum pressure" to describe the sanctions campaign against Mr. Kim's communist regime.
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The two men are set to discuss North Korea dumping its nuclear weapons, with Trump promising to help revive the impoverished nation's economy if he does so. The White House declined to comment for this article.
Trump also applauded the work of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese premier Xi Jinping in meeting with Kim to pave the way for the talks. 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.
Both Abe and Trump head to Quebec for the G-7 summit on Friday and Saturday. The Trump administration has scheduled and planned for the session in a span of three months. Pompeo said he is "very confident" Mr. Trump will be "fully prepared" with he meets with "his North Korean counterpart". It's about the attitude.
USA officials said Kim had indicated he was willing to make a pledge to denuclearize, but had never made it clear if this would mean simply halting development of the weapons programme where it stands or also disposing of its existing nuclear arsenal.
That willingness to make a deal is something he will assess once he sits down with Kim, Trump suggested.
"They also said they were going to go to nuclear war with us, they were going to defeat us in a nuclear war", Giuliani said.
"I want to close by paying my highest respect, regards and love frankly, I've gotten to know then very well, to the Warmbier family".
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted his alarm.
This week was not the first time Giuliani has spoken out of turn on North Korea.
While the North has kept mum on its summit preparations, Trump's and his Twitter messages are a rare "credible" source of relevant information.
"I think I'm very well prepared". "I did it once before", he said, presumably a reference to a letter that temporarily cancelled the meeting. "It would be wonderful if it were".
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