Washington, June 08: US President Donald Trump Friday said he would consider inviting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the White House if their Singapore summit on Tuesday goes well but made it clear that he is ready to “walk away” from the meeting if his goals were not achieved.
The US and its regional allies want to see North Korea give up its nuclear weapons.
Trump and Kim will meet on Sentosa, a smaller island off the coast of Singapore’s main island. The June 12 summit would represent the first ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting US president.
Trump made the remarks after meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House to discuss the June 12 summit. Abe’s visit is part of a flurry of diplomatic activity in the run-up to the summit, as countries try to ensure their interests are not overlooked.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking later at the White House, said Kim had indicated to him personally that he was willing to denuclearise – although it is not clear if that means North Korea is coming closer to the US vision of what that entails.
Earlier, Trump said he did not think preparation was essential for his meeting with the North Korean leader. (KNB)