Trump says he could invite Kim to U.S. if summit goes well

U.S. lawmakers want Trump to report on North Korea nuclear program

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Singapore on June 12 is ready to go.

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.

"The United States and North Korea have been holding direct talks in preparation for a summit, and North Korea has confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearise", he told reporters at a White House news conference.

Mr. Trump made the remarks after meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss the June 12 summit.

"We don't use the term anymore because we're going into a friendly negotiation", Trump said.

While conveying hopes for a successful summit in Singapore, .

Analysts say Kim went out of his way to defuse hostility during his recent appearances, and image consultant Park Young-sil says that he "made the most effective use of the power of the smile through this inter-Korean summit".

Trump goes to Singapore confident in his deal-making skills based on his career as a NY real estate developer, which made him a billionaire. "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".

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The U.S. wants to see the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of the North's weapons of mass destruction programs.

Kim, who at 34 is almost half Trump's age, will get a concentrated blast of what friends and foes of Trump have experienced since he became president: a volatile, unpredictable leader who can be at turns friendly or tough, or both at the same time.

"Until we achieve our goals, the measures that the world, alongside the United States has put on the regime will remain".

The denuclearization of the Korean peninsula would usher in a new era of prosperity, security and peace for all Koreans, North and South and for people everywhere, said US President Donald Trump.

"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. "I don't think I have to prepare very much", he said.

"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".

"I think I'm very well prepared". "It's a big coup for (the North Koreans), so the question is whether we can make them pay for it". We can not take sanctions off. "But that the model for succeeding - security assurance; and political normalization; and denuclearisation completely, verifiably, and irreversibly - for that to take place, we've got to make bold decisions", Pompeo said. It believes maintaining sanctions will give the US the upper hand in negotiations with North Korea.

Trump, who coined the term "maximum pressure" to describe US sanctions against the North, said they would be an indicator for the success or failure of the talks. "This has already driven us to a place we've not been able to achieve before", he said.

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