Ahead of North Korea summit, Trump softens Iran rhetoric

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

"It does strike me as very hard for Kim to give up the only thing that makes him important and that is nuclear weapons", former USA deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told reporters in Tokyo.

"I think it's not a one-meeting deal", he said. "It's about attitude. It's about willingness to get things done", he said.

Hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Oval Office for consultations before the Singapore summit, Trump described the Kim meeting as "much more than a photo-op".

Iran's leaders are "much different" in recent months, Trump said, and they are no longer looking to the Mediterranean or causing trouble in Syria and Yemen.

So now we want to know how the regime did it, and most importantly, who else helped the regime to achieve that goal. And that's something very important toward the ultimate making of a deal, he said.

Singapore's foreign minister will make a two-day trip to Pyongyang starting Thursday, as preparations for the summit Trump-Kim summit in the city-state accelerate.

"Normalizing relations is something that I would expect to do after everything is complete", Trump said.

The announcement came a day after the White House revealed that the historic June 12 meeting between the U.S. and North Korean leaders will take place in a luxury hotel on Singapore's resort island of Sentosa.

Giuliani also told the audience that he does not think first lady Melania Trump believes that Trump had an affair with Stormy Daniels. That again is another thing that, I don't want to say infuriating, that's tragic about this man who's leading our country and thinks that he can run this as if he's running a mom and pop real estate agency. "It would be wonderful if it were".

One more prominent North Korean figure in Singapore was Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the current leader who was assassinated at Kuala Lumpur airport past year.

Trump Says June 12 Meeting With Kim Jong-un Is Back On
Trump wrote in his letter last week that the talks would be "inappropriate" following the "hostility" from North Korea. Kim Yong Chol is the highest ranking North Korean official to visit the United States in almost two decades.

Mr Abe requested Thursday's meeting with Mr Trump to coordinate strategy for next week's talks and to elevate his country's concerns about the summit. Can you imagine getting him to explain North Korea's state ideology?

North Korea defends its nuclear and missile programs as a deterrent against what it sees as USA aggression.

Trump added that he hoped someday US relations with Kim's secretive Pyongyang government could be normalized.

Critics contend that Trump's seat-of-the-pants approach may be too risky in dealing with North Korea, which alarmed Washington with its rapid advances on a long-range missile possibly capable of hitting the United States.

Many predict their Panmunjom discussions will last until shortly before the Kim-Trump meeting, the first-ever face-to-face meeting between the leaders of the Korean War foes.

Abe, on his second trip to Washington in less that two months, warned Trump not to put his guard down around Kim, but that he hoped the summit was a "transformational moment" for northeast Asia.

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

Asked about the contents of a oversized letter from Kim delivered to the White House last week, the the president replied: "The letter was just a greeting".

"We can't step through this over years, but rather need to acknowledge it will take some amount of time, that this doesn't happen instantaneously". Japan has been directly menaced by North Korean missiles fired over its waters and land, and is seen as a primary target because of its decades-long security alliance with the United States and the presence of USA forces on its soil. Sputnik spoke to American political commentator, Rob Taub, to discuss the implications of Mr. Giuliani's comment.

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