Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore for historic summit

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore for historic summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at his office in Singapore Sunday evening in his first diplomatic outing of his visit to the country ahead of Tuesday's landmark summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

"The upcoming summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stands a decent chance of success, even though the administration has flouted all the traditional rules of good summit planning", reads the report.

Kim had landed in Singapore hours earlier, staying silent as he has since Trump announced he had rescheduled the once-cancelled meeting set for Tuesday morning local time (prime time Monday in the United States). Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea's reluctance to open its doors to outsiders.

Regardless, Trump seemed determined to keep his meeting with Kim low-key, dangling the possibility of a future summit in the USA if things go well this week.

White House officials have said Rodman will play no official role in the diplomatic negotiations.

The historic first meeting between a sitting USA president and and North Korea's leader will take place Tuesday at 9 a.m. when Trump and Kin will meet alone with only translators in the room.

According to United States think tank Stimson Centre's North Korea Leadership Watch website, she has served as an aide and interpreter at key nuclear negotiations in the past, and other high-level DPRK foreign interactions, including an August 2009 trip to Pyongyang by former USA president Bill Clinton. "To all Americans and the rest of the world I'm honored to call President Trump a friend", he said.

North Korean-US Summit
Image credit ULI-PwC report

For decades, North Korea has been a pariah state, and now its latest hereditary leader is being treated as a world statesman. About 100 reporters and Singapore residents shouted his name and took pictures with phones as Kim visited Marina Bay Sands resort, famed for its rooftop infinity pool overlooking the city. The U.S. negotiators also told media that talks are moving "more quickly than expected", the BBC reported.

Probably. In fact, Trump has been doing quite a bit of this lately.

"Sending Kim Yong-chol to NY may serve to cut out a layer of middlemen - to get urgent clarifications and/or send a relatively unfiltered message to Washington that they are going to have to modify their approach if this is going to happen", Mr Pollack said.

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

The commemorative coin issued ahead of the US-North Korea summit.

While en route to Singapore, Trump said he looked forward to meeting Kim on what he anticipated would be an exciting day.

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. China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty.

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