President Donald Trump on Saturday predicted "tremendous success" for his plan to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"I think North Korea is going to go very well. I think we will have tremendous success," Trump told reporters before departing the White House for a rally in Pennsylvania. "It's going to be something very successful. We have a lot of support so I think North Korea is going to go very well."
"The promise is they wouldn't be shooting off missiles in the meantime, and they're looking to de-nuke," Trump added. "So that'd be great."
South Korean officials announced Thursday that Kim had extended and Trump accepted an invitation to talks between the two countries. The White House has since suggested preconditions would need to met before any meeting. If it were to occur, Trump would be the first sitting U.S. president to meet with his North Korean counterpart.
Trump on Saturday tweeted his optimism about the talks, highlighting his recent conversations with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, both of whom he said have been supportive of the efforts.
"Chinese President XI JINPING and I spoke at length about the meeting with KIM JONG UN of North Korea. President XI told me he appreciates that the U.S. is working to solve the problem diplomatically rather than going with the ominous alternative," Trump wrote on Twitter. 'China continues to be helpful!"
China and Russia have welcomed the possibility of U.S.-North Korean summit, with Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, saying a summit would be "a move in the right direction."