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Trump: "I can't take sanctions off N Korea"


US President Donald Trump announced Thursday that his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12 is "ready to go". The president promised that the summit would be "more than a photo op", APA reports citing Sputnik.

 

The US president stressed that it would be "unacceptable" if North Korea does not agree to denuclearize.

 

"They have to de-nuke. If they don't denuclearize it would not be acceptable. We cannot take sanctions off," Trump said before a working lunch with Japanese President Shinzo Abe at the White House.

 

Trump said he could put more sanctions on North Korea, but decided not to do it at this time and added that his administration can enforce more punitive measures against Pyongyang in the future.

 

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

 

"The summit is all ready to go. It's going to be much more than a photo op," Trump said, emphasizing that "everything is ready" for the meeting. At the same time, the president once again indicated that everything could still change.

 

According to the US president, he is "very well" prepared for the summit.

 

"I don't think I have to prepare very much. It's about attitude," he said. 

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