Dennis Rodman to Travel to Singapore for North Korea Summit

Dennis Rodman to Travel to Singapore for North Korea Summit

Given the number of times, Trump had warned Kim against expanding the country's nuclear arsenal, discussing denuclearisation of the North is high on the US' agenda at the 12 June meeting in Singapore.

Daily NK, a South Korean website focusing on North Korea news, reported in 2015 that "the restrooms are not only in Kim Jong Un's personal train but whatever small or midsize cars he is traveling with and even in special vehicles that are designed for mountainous terrain or snow".

Trump and his senior aides have tried to manage expectations for the first meeting between sitting USA and North Korean leaders, saying the two sides are unlikely on Tuesday to sign a final pact to disarm the Asian country.

Rodman said he hopes everyone reads it before the summit and reiterated that "we've got the greatest negotiator of all time" to "show the world how it's done".

Not only have Korean Central TV, KCNA news agency and newspaper Rodong Sinmun published reports on the trip to Singapore, they have also told North Koreans the exact objective of the visit - to meet the president of the United States.

The first-ever meeting between a USA president and a North Korean leader was to kick off at 9 a.m. Tuesday with a handshake, an image sure to be devoured from Washington to Pyongyang and beyond. They'll be joined later by their staffs for an expanded meeting and a working lunch.

The shift coincides with a shakeup on the president's national security team - the addition of national security adviser John Bolton, who has been candid about his view that the North Koreans will never voluntarily give up their nuclear weapons, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman with a hawkish reputation.

The White House said it does not believe there is any cause for concern about getting an accurate description of the two men's words.

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Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan also tweeted a picture of them going "jalan-jalan", a local term meaning to go out for a walk, in the Gardens by the Bay park.

"We won't", said Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Funds for military activities are obtained from remittances that come from the forced labor of North Koreans sent overseas, as well as forced labor domestically.

While the two leaders are hoping to hammer out the framework of a denuclearisation deal for the Korean peninsula, the United States and North Korea have yet to agree on what exactly denuclearisation would entail. "As you know, that would be a first step", Trump told reporters June 7 during a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House.

The meeting between Kim and Trump will mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.

Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore on Sunday, both staying at luxurious and heavily guarded hotels less than half a mile apart, with Trump at the Shangri-La Hotel and Kim at the St. Regis Hotel.

"Just my touch, my feel", Trump replied.

The Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the Workers' Party, also featured his departure in a full-color two-page spread, declaring on the front page that he was leaving in a Chinese plane for a "historic summit" with the U.S. president.

Tom Nichols, a Russian Federation scholar with expertise in Soviet Union-era arms control talks at the Naval War College, said Trump's propensity for falsehoods makes getting an accurate rendering of the conversation essentially impossible. 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.

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