White House rules out role for Dennis Rodman in Kim-Trump summit

White House rules out role for Dennis Rodman in Kim-Trump summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang, North Korea on May 9, 2018.

'Listen, he's great on the court, but I think the negotiation should best be left to those who are good at it - and President Trump is the best, ' Gidley said. "I think it's not a one meeting deal", he said Thursday, but insisted: "If they don't denuclearise, that will not be acceptable". "It's about attitude. It's about willingness to get things done", he said.

Trump said he is prepared to walk if the negotiations don't go well, but he also dangled the possibility of a follow-up meeting in Washington. "So this isn't a question of preparation, it's a question of whether or not people want it to happen".

"As you know, that would be a first step".

Trump also downplayed rumors that he would be playing golf with Kim when they meet in Singapore next week.

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Trump said the talks with Kim will start a process to bring about a resolution to the nuclear issue. Pompeo reiterated Washington's stance that the USA will only accept North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization. "I told him that I. would never do this in Singapore because it is against your rules to protest", he told The Associated Press. It's not a one-meeting deal. "It would be wonderful if it were". National Security Advisor John Bolton was criticized for talking about a "Libya option" for North Korean denuclearization.

Mr Trump and Mr Abe are holding their second meeting in less than two months to discuss the President's upcoming summit with Mr Kim.

The two countries have been in a formal state of war since the Korean War in the 1950s. In May, Giuliani teased the release of the three US hostages from North Korea before any formal announcements.

Japan had been briefed ahead of time on Trump's decision to temporarily cancel the Kim summit following a hostile statement from the North, the official said. Japan is a possible target of aggression from Pyongyang and a year ago, a missile test carried out by North Korea ended in Japanese waters.

"Well, Kim Jong Un got back on his hands and knees and begged for it, which is exactly the position you want to put him in", Mr Giuliani said.

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According to a Gallup Korea survey released on June 1, Kim's overall favorability among South Koreans rose from 10 percent in March to 31 percent in May.

"They have to denuc - if they don't denuclearize that will not be acceptable, we can not take sanctions off", said President Trump.

Christopher Hill, the lead USA negotiator with North Korea during the George W. Bush administration, said a summit with the North had always been available to US leaders.

Mr Abe most recently traveled to the USA in April to meet with Mr Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, where he warned trump of North Korean negotiating ploys and urged him to closely coordinate with Japan ahead of the summit. Pressuring China is a key element of Trump's strategy on North Korea.

Trump has made clear he prefers a bilateral deal to reduce the USA trade deficit with Japan, while Abe's government says multilateral agreements would be best.

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