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US President Donald Trump is due to meet Kim on June 12 in Singapore for a summit called to press Pyongyang to end its nuclear and long-range missile programmes.

FILE - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects a long- and medium-range ballistic rocket launch drill in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang, Aug. 30, 2017.

"This will be at a minimum, we'll start with perhaps a good relationship", Trump said.

Speaking to reporters as he welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the White House, Trump said he and Abe would discuss North Korean issues and trade.

Mr Giuliani said: "That is my interpretation".

While conveying hopes for a successful summit in Singapore, .

Trump's critics say the consequences of failed talks are great, and that it would be hard for the administration to revive diplomatic efforts for sanctions if talks collapse at the summit. And that's something very important toward the ultimate making of a deal, he said.

Trump, he said, recognises that North Korea has great potential, and he looks forward to a day when sanctions on it can begin to be removed.

The U.S. wants to see the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of the North's weapons of mass destruction programs.

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Kim, who at 34 is almost half Trump's age, will get a concentrated blast of what friends and foes of Trump have experienced since he became president: a volatile, unpredictable leader who can be at turns friendly or tough, or both at the same time.

"Until we achieve our goals, the measures that the world, alongside the U.S. has put on the regime will remain". And I think it would be well-received.

The denuclearization of the Korean peninsula would usher in a new era of prosperity, security and peace for all Koreans, North and South and for people everywhere, said US President Donald Trump. "It has supporting infrastructure that is also of concern", he said.

During a meeting regarding the transition, former President Barack Obama presented President-elect Donald Trump with two options for dealing with North Korea, said Jon Wolfsthal, a close Obama aide who served as senior director at the National Security Council for arms control and nonproliferation during the Obama administration. "(.) I'm hopeful that Chairman Kim Jong Un is prepared to make that decision for his country, a big shift in his strategic understanding of his security". "It's a big coup for (the North Koreans), so the question is whether we can make them pay for it". "And we can not take sanctions off".

In August 2017, as tensions were rising rapidly after North Korea's second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson assured North Korea that the U.S.

"You've got to lose some weight too", says the banner for the gym, which shows a photograph of the portly North Korean leader next to a bikini-clad woman.

"We don't use the term anymore because we're going into a friendly negotiation", Trump said.

"They're a much different country over the last three months". "This has already driven us to a place we've not been able to achieve before", he said.