Former NBA star Rodman arrives in Singapore for Trump-Kim summit

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2018

Preliminary negotiations between two Koreas started, followed by the first - largely successful - meeting between North and South Korean leaders since 2007.

People crowded around poster stands at train stations around the capital, Pyongyang, to read the news, and gathered at noon on Monday in front of the city's main train station to watch a large screen display of images of Kim disembarking from the special Air China flight that took him to Singapore. It is believed that Trump and Kim will begin with a two-hour one-on-one session with translators, before an expanded meeting that includes advisers.

Trump has enjoyed all the attention attached to his unprecedented sit-down with Kim, basking in suggestions that he might be a candidate for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Kim is expected to stay at the St Regis hotel and Trump at the Shangri-La, both in the Tanglin area in downtown Singapore.

Trump had been scheduled to fly back to Washington on Wednesday morning after spending Tuesday with the North Korean leader in Singapore.

The president has allowed that persuading Kim to abandon North Korea's nuclear weapons program will require more than a single sit-down.

Their meeting at a luxury hotel in Singapore, scheduled for 9 a.m. local time - which is 9 p.m. on Monday night NY time - will mark the first face-to-face encounter between a USA president and a leader of North Korea. Complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization, he told reporters, "is the only outcome that the United States will accept".

Trump is set to meet with Lee on Monday. On the day before the meeting, weeks of preparation appeared to pick up in pace, with US and North Korean officials meeting throughout Monday at a Singapore hotel.

It was not until Kim had left the country Sunday and arrived in Singapore, that Korean Central News Agency reported it.

Experts believe the North is on the brink of being able to target the entire U.S. mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the United States and the North.

Kim and Ri both joined Kim Jong Un for the April 27 inter-Korean summit, and Kim Yong Chol recently traveled to the meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before delivering a letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump at the White House. He added though that every time he has met with Kim, it has been a surprise, so maybe he will be surprised again on Tuesday.

Kim has shown surprising diplomatic skills in his meetings with overseas leaders this year. In a video footage, Trump was seen leaving the Paya Lebar Air Base tarmac in the Presidential Beast, a vehicle that is flown around the globe for a US President's visits.

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.

Wagar told CNBC that until Trump, the recent USA position had been "we will have six-party talks that included Japan, Korea, China, the United States, and North Korea ..."

Mr Pompeo stressed that economic sanctions would remain in place "until North Korea completely and verifiably eliminates its weapons of mass destruction programmes".

The Economist and CNN do not predict a favourable result for the Trump-Kim summit either.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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