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Rodman arrives in Singapore ahead of summit

Rodman arrives in Singapore ahead of summit

The full details are in, and President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are set to meet at a lavish resort in Singapore today. But the dramatic act of extending his hand to one of America's longtime adversaries will forever illustrate Trump's gut-driven, norm-shattering tenure.

"Trump is a publicity seeker".

But he added: "In the end, that doesn't matter". He told reporters he thinks he will know nearly immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: "I will know, just my touch, my feel". Two translators will be joining them.

Later in the day, advisers will enter the room for a larger bilateral session and a working lunch.

Dozens of reporters and cameramen mobbed North Korean chief negotiator Choe Son Hui as she left the hotel amid pushing and shoving.

US intelligence wants inspectors to access roughly 100 other sites, including Yongbyon, the nation's main atomic complex just 50 miles north of Pyongyang, as well as a factory in Chongsu, near the Chinese border, suspected of producing nuclear material. Only 15 minutes had been allotted for the discussion, but it went on for a full hour. By sitting down with an American president - a longtime goal of North Korea's government - Kim's regime is advancing its effort to establish its "reputation, respect, and credibility as a nuclear weapon state", Green said.

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

Less than a week before the summit, Trump dismissed questions about his readiness, saying, "I don't think I have to prepare very much".

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Tuesday's summit in Singapore is unlikely to be a "momentous event", Kirk Wagar tells CNBC. Pyongyang's weapons program benefits from forced labor. He was originally scheduled to leave on Wednesday.

After the many meetings with Kim, Trump will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. local time (6 p.m. AEST), then fly back to the White House. Before he leaves he'll sit for an interview with his friend, the Fox host Sean Hannity, and convene a media availability for other reporters. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the plans and insisted on anonymity. The meeting is meant to be "start of a relationship", the official said, and there could be more to come between both sides if things go well.

The world's eyes are on Singapore ahead of a historic summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea. Today, we start with a behind the scenes of the summit. That's why direct talks with North Korea never happened, he said.

The North Korean leader is said to always travel with several toilets, including one in his Mercedes.

Just a few months ago, Kim was an worldwide pariah accused of ordering the killing of his uncle, a half-brother and scores of officials suspected of disloyalty.

Another Pyongyang report quoting Kim Yong-nam, the nominal head of state, as telling leader Kim to achieve outstanding outcomes from the summit with the USA has also drawn attention. Positive results would do away with the need for South Korea to have to choose between "solidarity with the US" and stability in the Korean peninsula.

After leaving the Marina Bay Sands, Kim was photographed walking down a road, accompanied by a phalanx of bodyguards, his face lit up occasionally by the flashes of cameras. Suryeong is a Korean term meaning "supreme leader".





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