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Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore for Trump-Kim meeting

Kim covered by ‘wall of bodyguards’ strolls Singapore quay before meeting Trump Tyrone Siu Reuters
Jeannette Daniel | 12 June, 2018, 01:37

When Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un meet in Singapore to discuss the parameters of a deal that would potentially denuclearize North Korea this week, they will be joined by NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, for some freakish reason.

Trump thanked the prime minister for Singapore's efforts to host the summit, the first-ever between a sitting United States president and a North Korean leader, at a hotel on the city-state's resort island of Sentosa on Tuesday.

Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and Singapore's Education Minister Ong Ye Kung pose for a photo in Singapore, June 11, 2018, in this photo obtained from social media. The article also stresses the need for confidentiality - meaning Trump will have to resist tweeting the minutes of the meeting. "The doors are opening".

Trump is hoping to get Kim to agree to get rid of his nuclear weapons, though he has said it may take many more meetings to get to that point. The article titled 'Trump and Kim - The meeting the world's been waiting for' also noted one subject that went untouched by other media houses - "What will nearly certainly NOT be talked about is North Korea's human rights record".

News' @KellyO says it's unclear what role Rodman will play in the talks.

She came into the global spotlight earlier this year as she attended the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, leading the North Korean delegation at the games.

Describing the summit as a "historic" occasion, KCNA reported Monday that Kim would be exchanging "wide-ranging and profound views" during the meeting on issues including "building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula" and "realizing the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

"I have little expectation from the summit", he said.

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"While a summit between Trump and Kim would be historic, it is unlikely to be decisive".

"We've got a very interesting meeting. tomorrow, and I just think it's going to work out very nicely", Trump said.

Trump landed at Paya Lebar Airbase on board Air Force One after cutting short his time at the G7 summit in Canada.

The North Korean leadership, including Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui has also taunted Washington, calling Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy".

Mr Trump has said he has a "good feeling" about Tuesday's much-anticipated summit.

Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the USA and North Korea. Trump would later cite the statement as his reason for canceling the summit last month.

Trump has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty. Kim Yong Chol has been a presence behind the scenes as well, sitting in on every inter-Korean meeting held in the lead up to the summit.

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