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Trump says he will invite Kim Jong-un to U.S. "if things go well"

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President Donald Trump. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images.

During a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Trump told reporters Thursday he's open to inviting Kim Jong-un to the White House if the upcoming summit with the North Korean leader in Singapore ends well. However, Trump cautioned that he is "totally prepared to walk" if things don’t go well, noting he "did it once before."

The big picture: Axios World editor Dave Lawler explains that Japan has a lot at stake in Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-un, and is the most hawkish toward North Korea of the major players. Abe was expected to advise caution in his meeting with Trump, and ask him to raise two key issues at the summit: the abductions by North Korea of Japanese citizens, and short and medium range missiles that don’t pose a threat to the U.S. but could strike Japan.