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Trump: 'I Don't Think I Have to Prepare Much' for Kim Summit

And more big lines from president's appearance with Japan PM Shinzo Abe
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 7, 2018 4:23 PM CDT
President Donald Trump, right, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walk back towards the Oval Office following a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Thursday, June...   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – Heading into his North Korea summit with characteristic bravado, President Donald Trump said Thursday that "attitude" is more important than preparation as he looks to negotiate an accord with Kim Jong Un to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, the AP reports. Preparing to depart Washington for the next week's meeting, Trump dangled before Kim visions of normalized relations with the United States, economic investment and even a White House visit. Characterizing the upcoming talks with the third-generation autocrat as a "friendly negotiation," Trump said, "I really believe that Kim Jong Un wants to do something." Trump's comments came as he looked to reassure allies that he won't give away the store in pursuit of a legacy-defining deal with Kim, who has long sought to cast off his pariah status on the international stage. The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. More quotes from Trump's press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with whom Trump was set to discuss summit preparations:

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