Monday, 22 October, 2018

Dennis Rodman to Travel to Singapore for North Korea Summit

US side was entering the talks with a sense of optimism and an equal dose of scepticism US side was entering the talks with a sense of optimism and an equal dose of scepticism
Priscilla Morrison | 11 June, 2018, 15:01

Moon also said that the region can not "depend just on the North Korea-U.S. talks" and that South Korea must be included in any possible future negotiations that emerge from Tuesday's summit. -North Korean leaders' meeting. He has not left his country since taking office in 2011 other than to visit China and the South Korean side of the Demilitarised Zone on the border.

They did not take questions from reporters. A second round of meetings has been planned for the afternoon as officials worked to lay the groundwork for progress to be made Tuesday, according to the official familiar with the preparations.

"They are still debating over whether to put [the term] "CVID" in the final draft", the source said. Traffic was held up in the steamy midday sun and scores of bystanders were penned in by police when Trump went to meet Lee.

Trump hopes the landmark talks will kick-start a process that eventually see Kim give up his nuclear weapons in an irreversible manner that can be verified internationally.

"I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World", Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.

Given the importance surrounding the on-again, off-again, and back on-again meeting between these two, it's hard to foresee what possible support that Rodman could offer these leaders in their high-wire negotiations.

The summit would discuss "building a permanent and durable peacekeeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of realising denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" and other issues "as required by the changed era".

North Korea's Kim landed Singapore's Changi Airport earlier on Sunday, in his longest trip overseas as head of state.

Trump-Kim meeting: Theatrics over substance?

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Trump held talks with the Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after noon, making his first public appearance since arriving in the Lion City last night.

"We may be able to recoup a little bit of that but I think it is a cost that we're willing to pay and it's our contribution to an global endeavour, which is in our profound interests", said Lee during a press conference held at the summit's worldwide Media Centre.

As Trump was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies, withdrawing from the G7 joint communique, escalating a trade fight and launching blistering criticism against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following the summit in Quebec on the weekend. The cost includes the hotel bill for the North Korean delegation.

He also thanked his Singapore hosts for their hospitality.

But U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey, an outspoken critic of Trump, said that while he welcomes the president's "turn toward engagement", he has low expectations.

"Maybe we'll start with the White House, what do you think?" he said when asked if Kim would be invited to Washington or his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. "And he has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again", Trump said.

Mr Kim's summit with Mr Trump has captured intense global attention after a turn to diplomacy in recent months replaced, for the time being, serious fears of war a year ago amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests.

Trump is expected to leave on Wednesday.

During the flight, the President spent time meeting with his staff, reading materials, and preparing for his meetings in Singapore.

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