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Dennis Rodman Arrives in Singapore for Trump/Kim Jong-un Summit

Dennis Rodman Arrives in Singapore for Trump/Kim Jong-un Summit

The White House says Trump will leave Singapore Tuesday, because the talks have "moved more quickly than expected".

President Donald Trump won't address rampant human rights abuses in North Korea when he meets with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday, NBC News reported.

With the North Korean side notorious for freaky antics and sudden walkouts from diplomatic meetings, it remains anyone's guess how Tuesday's face-to-face will ultimately play out - even as most analysts agree that Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim are both driven by domestic political motives to make it appear as a major success.

Pompeo also expressed confidence of a "successful outcome" but said that the summit would also lead to a lot more to be done in the path ahead, providing a "framework for the hard work that will follow". The president arrived in Asia having blown up relations with US allies - and personally with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - over trade and Russian Federation, announcing via Twitter en route to Singapore that he'd withdraw from a joint agreement covering climate change and other issues. Following the initial greeting, President Trump and Chairman Kim will participate in a one-on-one meeting, with translators only, an expanded bilateral meeting, and a working lunch. He was joined in Singapore by Ambassador Sung Kim, the USA envoy to the Philippines, and Ambassador Michael McKinley, a career diplomat Pompeo recently tapped to be his senior adviser.

When asked how he feels about the summit after landing in Singapore on Sunday afternoon, US President Donald Trump said, "Very good".

The White House said the summit was to kick off at 9 am Tuesday.

"Sending Kim Yong-chol to NY may serve to cut out a layer of middlemen - to get urgent clarifications and/or send a relatively unfiltered message to Washington that they are going to have to modify their approach if this is going to happen", Mr Pollack said.

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In an interview with BBC (who really got our geography wrong yesterday), Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan confirmed what everyone was guessing a week ago: Singapore is indeed picking up the hotel tab for the North Korean contingent here.

But no one can credibly suggest that a durable or verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be achieved when North Korea remains a completely closed and totalitarian state.

Pompeo also said that Trump had called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean president Moon Jae-in.

Not all US officials have joined Messrs. "We were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit, and I would like to thank you for that", Kim, speaking through an interpreter, told Lee. He told reporters he thinks he will know nearly immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: "I will know, just my touch, my feel".

Tensions between the two countries escalated in 2017 after Pyongyang stepped up efforts to boost its nuclear weapons programme.

Ahead of his much-anticipated meeting with Kim, the US President sounded optimistic and said the meeting would be a "one-time shot" at peace.

Famed North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee informed the nation that Kim had landed, declaring that the summit was a "historical first" that is "garnering the attention and hopes of the entire world". Trump had previously said the talks might extend beyond the first day.

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