Asked if he would get in a round of golf while in Singapore, Trump replied "No" before adding "I'd love to". Japan wants progress on the abductees to be given the same weight as demands over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs in Trump's negotiations with Kim. "It's about attitude. It's about willingness to get things done", he said. "Nothing other than we look forward to seeing you and we look forward to the summit and hopefully things will work out".
Mr. Klingner echoed the Korea hawks at the White House who oppose any US concession prior to a ironclad commitment from Pyongyang to comply with United Nations resolutions demanding comprehensive, verifiable, irreversible dismantling of the nuclear weapons program, known as CVID in diplomatic circles.
"In response to a query from Yonhap, a White House National Security Council official confirmed that Bolton will travel to Singapore, but it was unclear whether he would sit at the table with the North Koreans", the outlet reported. Trump himself has driven the preparation nearly exclusively on his own, consulting little with his national security team outside of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Mr Trump says it appears his summit with Mr Kim is on for next week in Singapore but it is always subject to change. This has affected not just North Korea but the president's recent imposition of tariffs on American allies.
"I think I've been prepared for this summit for a long time, as has the other side", he said.
The CIA report concluded the North Korean leader was ready to make a deal and that Kim held Western culture in high regard and maintained a deep enthusiasm for the world outside his borders. He even said that he will invite Kim to US if the summit goes well.More news: Dramatic video shows Hawaii's 'fissure 8' spewing lava
Trump rejected an implication from a journalist that he had stopped using the policy of "maximum pressure", against Kim, saying that he wanted to maintain an open mind ahead of a "friendly meeting", but that he may have to return to tough talk in the future. Mr Trump later distanced himself from his adviser's remarks. The move was widely criticized for providing legitimacy to Mr. Kim, a brutal dictator. North Korea apparently wants the same type of plane as Trump's Air Force One.
Trump's comments come less than a week before the scheduled beginning of the summit, slated for June 12.
"There are a group of 13 highly partisan Democrats who make up the Mueller team, excluding him, and are trying very, very hard to frame him to get him in trouble when he hasn't done anything wrong", said Giuliani, who has been serving as Trump's lawyer amid the Russian Federation scandal.
"I think it's a process", he said.
The president said he was also optimistic about a normalisation of diplomatic relations with North Korea in the long term. "You have to be able to walk away", Trump said.
"We shall never repeat the past mistakes", Mr Abe said. "Hopefully it can be done as expeditiously as possible, but I think we have to be realistic". I don't think it will be in one meeting.