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The Historic Summit

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ABC NEWS-- North Korea will denuclearize, President Donald Trump declared in an exclusive interview with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos just hours after intense and historic negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Stephanopoulos asked how Trump could trust the brutal dictator.

He pressed the president on his previous criticism of North Korea's human rights abuses including starving his people, running labor camps and assassinating members of his own family.

"George, I'm given what I'm given," Trump said. "This is what we have, this is where we are, and I can only tell you from my experience, and I’ve met him, I've spoken with him. I’ve met him. And this is, this has started early and it's been very intense. I think that he really wants to do a great job for North Korea. I think he wants to de-nuke, without that, there's nothing to discuss. It was on the table from the beginning, and you see a total denuclearization of North Korea -- so important. And, he wants to do the right thing. Now, what it is I can’t talk about -- it doesn’t matter. We’re starting from scratch. We’re starting right now, and we have to get rid of those nuclear weapons."

"We have the framework for getting ready to denuclearize," Trump said.

"He's de-nuking the whole place. I think he's going to start now," Trump said.

"He really wants to do something I think terrific for their country," Trump said of Kim.

When asked if there was talk of pulling U.S. troops out of South Korea, Trump said the topic didn't come up.

"We didn't discuss that, no. We're not going to play the war games... I thought they were very provocative. I also they're also very expensive," Trump said.

"Over my lifetime I've done a lot of deals with a lot of people and sometimes the people you most distrust turn out to be the most honorable ones and the people that you do trust turn out to be not the honorable ones," Trump said.

"I believe he wants to get it done... I do trust him," Trump said.

"Maybe in a year you’ll be interviewing and I'll say I made a mistake. It's possible. We’re dealing at a high level, a lot of things can change a lot of things are possible," he said.

Trump suggested there could be another meeting of the two leaders in the future and that he would like to hold a gathering at the White House.

"I would love to have him at the White House. Whatever it takes," Trump said.

The meeting in Singapore marked the first time a sitting U.S. president met face-to-face with a North Korean leader. The two discussed North Korea's nuclear-weapons program, and a potential deal to denuclearize the communist country.

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