Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Trump Kim set to make history

Trump Kim set to make history

North Korean state media have finally broken their silence on the upcoming summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

What was initially portrayed by the White House as a summit meant to completely rid the North of its nuclear weapons is now being cast as a chance to "start a dialogue" and for Trump the dealmaker to look into the eyes and take the measure of his nuclear-armed antagonist.

The president has allowed that persuading Kim to abandon North Korea's nuclear weapons program will require more than a single sit-down. Both leaders were greeted on arrival by Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

The MFA also said Lee will meet President Trump separately on Monday.

That may be even more important to Trump in the wake of the disastrous G-7 summit.

And until denuclearisation takes place, sanctions against North Korea would remain in place, he stressed.

Experts on North Korea say that the shortened meeting time leaves nearly no room to forge a path for Pyongyang's "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization", or CVID, which the US State Department was promising just last week.

In the run-up to the talks in Singapore, Trump had optimistically predicted the two men could strike a nuclear deal or forge a formal end to the Korean War in the course of a single meeting or over several days.

This is just an elaborate get-to-know-you session, albeit between the two most famous leaders in the world, and nuclear armed at that.

'Cheating Every Time' North Korea has previously promised to denuclearize, only to continue its nuclear program after receiving concessions from the United States, said Michael J. Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


So how should Trump communicate with Kim?

What has North Korea said?

The rare public appearance of Kim, waving and smiling to onlookers, adds to the more affable image of the young leader that has emerged since his summit in April with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in.

But last month, Trump abruptly cancelled the Singapore summit, citing the "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang.

The White House said Trump would hold a one-on-one meeting with Kim on Tuesday on the small island of Sentosa. However, the player has said that he will "give whatever support is needed to my friends", referring to Trump and Kim. And he won't have that opportunity again.

Kim invited Trump to meet in Pyongyang in July for a second summit, the Korea Daily reported, and the USA and North Korean delegations that met in NY agreed that several more meetings may be required.

"I bet the North will not abandon nuclear weapons", he said, adding that the United States and its allies should use both "carrots and sticks" to force the North to do so.

"It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before". Create peace and great prosperity for his land.

Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore ahead of Trump-Kim summit.

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