Trump: No Rush for NKorea on Nukes 02/20 06:20

Trump: No Rush for NKorea on Nukes     02/20 06:20

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wants to see 
North Korea eventually give up its nuclear weapons program, but adds he's not 
in any rush because U.S. relations with Pyongyang are good going into next 
week's summit.

   "I have no pressing time schedule," Trump said.

   Trump said his second meeting with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on Feb. 
27 and 28 in Hanoi, Vietnam, would be "very exciting," but did not disclose 
details of what he hoped would be achieved.

   He said he discussed the upcoming summit during a phone call earlier in the 
day with South Korea President Moon Jae-in and will speak on Wednesday with 
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

   "I look forward to being with Chairman Kim and I think a lot of things will 
come out of it," Trump said. "We had a tremendous first summit --- it was 
really breaking the ice, but a lot of things came from that, including good 
relationships."

   Trump noted that North Korea has not tested any rockets or missiles or 
nuclear weapons in months and said as long as testing has ceased, he's in no 
rush.

   "I think I would like to see ultimately denuclearization of North Korea. I 
think we will see that ultimately," Trump said. "I have no pressing time 
schedule."

   He said some people, including members of the media, want to see speedy 
progress on denuclearization.

   "I really believe that North Korea can be a tremendous economic power when 
this is solved," he said, referring to Kim's pledge of denuclearization. "Their 
location between Russia, China and South Korea is unbelievable. I think that 
North Korea and Chairman Kim have some very positive things in mind. And we'll 
soon find out.

   "As long as there's no testing, I'm in no rush. If there's testing, that's 
another deal."


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