Dennis Rodman: I got call saying Trump was proud of me

Mr Kim inspecting the honour guard in Pyongyang before departing for Singapore

Mr Kim inspecting the honour guard in Pyongyang before departing for Singapore

The White House has yet to release the document's text.

"We're going to have a great discussion and I think tremendous success".

"Many people will think of this as a scene from a fantasy. science fiction movie", said North Korean president Kim Jong-un on Tuesday of his meeting with USA leader Donald Trump in Singapore.

In a September 2017 speech in front of the United Nations, President Trump referred to Kim as "Rocket Man" and threatened to "totally destroy North Korea", which earned a rare rebuke directly from Kim describing the president as a "frightened dog" and "mentally deranged USA dotard".

After a handshake, they were soon smiling and holding each other by the arm, before Trump guided Kim to the library where they held a meeting with only their interpreters.

Inside, they sat alongside each other against a backdrop of North Korean and USA flags, with Kim beaming broadly as the US president gave him a thumbs up.

But on the eve of the summit, the White House unexpectedly announced Trump would depart Singapore by Tuesday evening, raising questions about whether his aspirations for an ambitious outcome had been scaled back.

They first met Tuesday for about 40 minutes alone, except for their translators, before bringing in delegations from their respective sides for a working lunch.

"We sat down for lunch", Rodman said of a face-to-face meeting with Kim five years ago.

"It was not easy to get here", he said.

Mr Trump said he felt "really great" about the meeting.

Singapore is reportedly footing the bill for the summit-which will run close to $20 million-and will pay for North Korea's travel expenses.

And then Mr Trump ushers Mr Kim off the red carpet.

"We will be tremendously successful", Trump said before their private session. But no one can credibly suggest that a durable or verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be achieved when North Korea remains a completely closed and totalitarian state.

But while Trump, and Kim, regularly stray off diplomatic scripts, a larger risk may be that there may be no full transcript, public or secret, of what the two leaders discussed.

Pompeo on Monday drew a firm line, saying the US plans to keep sanctions in place until North Korea eliminates its nuclear weapons capability.

But in return, Washington would offer "different and unique" guarantees "to provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearisation is not something that ends badly for them".

Trump said Saturday that he believes the North Korean leader will "surprise on the upside".

But a war would mean devastating casualties, including of American troops in South Korea, and American cities would also be at risk of suffering a nuclear strike because of the North's recent advances.

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