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Abe praised Trump's "extraordinary leadership" on North Korea, as he told reporters that the two leaders had exchanged "candid" views.

Trump also said he could envision a normalization of ties between the USA and North Korea if a deal is reached with Kim. "I think it would be well received", he said in answer to a question.

"We have a list of over 300 massive, in some cases, sanctions to put on North Korea, and I've made a decision to hold that until we can make a deal".

"They have to de-nuke", Trump said.

And what better way to get to know the North Korean dictator than Trump's favorite pastime: grabbing 'em by - sorry, golf.

"Maybe we'll start with the White House".

After weeks of tensions, Trump tweeted that he "tries so hard to be his friend".

"I believe Singapore is not known to the whole world".

Mr Trump says it appears his summit with Mr Kim is on for next week in Singapore but it is always subject to change. Trump repeated that Thursday, but also said "yes, maximum pressure is in full effect".

The CIA profile of Kim was assembled using information collected from people who have encountered him, including a classmate in Switzerland, NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman and Kenji Fujimoto, the Japanese national and former chef to Kim's father, Kim Jong Il.

Abe is visiting the White House for talks with Trump ahead of the next week's US-N Korea Summit.




"Yes. if it goes well, I think that could happen", he told reporters during a Rose Garden news conference, taking questions alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

As of Thursday afternoon, however, talks were a go, with a caveat from President Trump that they could always be called off.

"If they don't denuclearise, that will not be acceptable", he said. We're leaving all of the existing sanctions on. "The sanctions are extraordinarily powerful", he added.

In the Rose Garden, Trump described the giant, oversized letter delivered to him by North Korean diplomats in the Oval Office as "just a greeting". It was really very nice.

"I don't think I have to prepare very much. We're focused on the important things".

It's unclear if a casino in North Korea would be able to draw global tourists.

Bolton, considered one of the Trump administration officials least amenable to compromise with the repressive communist regime, has remained largely out of the public eye since insisting in interviews in April that any denuclearization deal with Pyongyang should emulate the "Libya model", in which the rogue regime's nuclear assets were shipped to the United States for verification and destruction. Trump hosted Abe twice at his private Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

Declaring the summit to be "much more than a photo-op", he predicted "a terrific success or a modified success" when he meets with Kim next Tuesday in Singapore.

"I think it's going to be a very fruitful meeting, I think it's going to be an exciting meeting".

When asked about a potential invite to the United States for Kim Jong-un, Mr Trump said: "Yes, certainly if it goes well and I think it would be well received".

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