Trump dan­gles White House in­vite for N.Korean leader Kim

Pres­i­dent ‘very well-pre­pared’ for his­toric sum­mit

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US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in­sisted Thurs­day he is “very well-pre­pared” for a his­toric and po­ten­tially fraught sum­mit with Kim Jong-un in Sin­ga­pore, while hint­ing at the sign­ing of a peace treaty and even a fu­ture White House visit by the North Korean leader.

Host­ing Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe in Washington, Trump tried to quell con­cerns about his lack of diplo­matic ex­pe­ri­ence head­ing into the high-stakes talks.

“I’m very well-pre­pared. I don’t think I have to pre­pare very much,” Trump said with char­ac­ter­is­tic bravado. “It’s about at­ti­tude, it’s about will­ing­ness to get things done.”

Trump will meet Kim in Sin­ga­pore on June 12, a first-ever meet- ing be­tween sit­ting North Korean and US lead­ers and one fo­cused on Py­ongyang’s omi­nous nu­clear weapons pro­gram.

Abe jet­ted into Washington hop­ing to en­sure a decades-old united front on North Korea is not swept away by the his­tory of the mo­ment.

Since the first inkling that a Trump-Kim sum­mit could be on the cards, Ja­pan has re­peat­edly in­sisted that Washington be mind­ful not to let its guard down with the nu­cle­ar­armed regime in Py­ongyang.

The Ja­panese prime min­is­ter will have been en­cour­aged by Trump’s in­sis­tence – dur­ing a joint Rose Gar­den press con­fer­ence – that the sum­mit will be only the start of a process and his vow to raise the is­sue of Ja­panese ab­ductees in the North.

But in their joint ap­pear­ance, the mer­cu­rial US pres­i­dent also dis­played his in­stinct to make the sen­si­tive, tech­ni­cal diplo­matic ef­fort into a dra­matic world-stop­ping event.

Trump mused he was will­ing to con­sider nor­mal­iz­ing ties with North Korea, that a peace treaty to for­mally end the Korean War could be signed in Sin­ga­pore and that a leader ac­cused of gross hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions could visit the White House.

“We could ab­so­lutely sign an agree­ment and we’re look­ing at it,” said Trump. “But that’s the be­gin­ning. Sounds a lit­tle bit strange, but that’s prob­a­bly the easy part.”

An armistice was signed to end the war, but there was never a full peace treaty, fu­el­ing North Korean regime’s fears about its own se­cu­rity.

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