Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Blanche Robertson
June 12, 2018

The historic summit in Singapore between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un might not be a one-time event, according to a report.

In a post on Twitter during his flight, Trump reiterated his optimism that the summit with the North Korean leader will be a success.

The Rodong Sinmun newspaper devoted its first two pages to describing Kim's trip to Singapore and his meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Security is tight ahead of the summit between two unpredictable men who in the past have threatened to destroy the other's country during the stand-off over North Korea's nukes.

US President Donald Trump arrives at Paya Lebar Air Base for a summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, June 10, 2018, in Singapore. Complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization, he told reporters, "is the only outcome that the United States will accept". "If they don't denuclearize, that will not be acceptable". The session will be expanded to a bilateral meeting and will include advisors.

"It's hospitality that we would have offered them, and as Chairman Kim said yesterday, he would have liked to have come to Singapore anyway, with or without the summit", Dr. Balakrishnan told the BBC.

So how should Trump communicate with Kim?

Asked how long it would take for him to work out if Kim was serious about striking some kind of peace deal, Trump replied: "I think within the first minute I'll know". The late-night jaunt was by far the most unfiltered public look at the young Kim, one of the world's most reclusive leaders who oversees a tightly controlled dictatorship.

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. He was accompanied by his sister Kim Yo Jong and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.

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Those who waited for more than two hours in the high heat and humidity for a chance to glimpse Kim, and perhaps witness a special moment in history, weren't sure how they were supposed to feel.

The world will be watching to see if US President Donald Trump can broker a deal to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula.

Goodfield added goodwill will triumph good judgement in the negotiations.

Meanwhile, President Trump arrived at Paya Lebar Airbase in Singapore in the evening and was also received there by the country's foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

Mr. Pompeo praised the G-7 nations for their help getting North Korea talks set up.

As Kim Jong-un paid a visit to Singapore's finer locations, media outlets and journalists were excited to catch a glimpse of the leader.

The relationship between the USA and its allies was already off-balance after Mr. Trump just a week before the summit imposed 25% tariffs on steel and 10% tariffs on aluminum from the European Union and Canada. That would avoid the prospect of Kim winning sanctions relief for gradual progress while remaining a nuclear power.

The discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected.

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