Former NBA star Rodman arrives in Singapore for Trump-Kim summit

Former NBA star Rodman arrives in Singapore for Trump-Kim summit

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a small resort island off Singapore's port on Tuesday for an unprecedented summit aimed at getting the North to give up its nuclear weapons.

Kim Jong-un has arrived in Singapore on Sunday ahead of his historic summit with President Donald Trump.

The White House later said discussions with North Korea had moved "more quickly than expected" and Trump would leave Singapore on Tuesday night, after the summit.

"We're prepared to take actions that will provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearization isn't something that ends badly for them", Pompeo said, adding that talks were "moving quite rapidly and we anticipate they will come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we had anticipated".

It would be the first meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Trump says he thinks "things can work out very nicely" with North Korea on the eve of his historic summit with Kim Jong-un.

Pope Francis has prayed that the summit this week between the USA and North Korean leaders succeeds in laying the groundwork for peace.

The official said Trump and Kim would hold a one-on-one meeting on Tuesday that could last up to two hours.

"I stress the fact that we need honest efforts by the South, the North and the United States and the continuous cooperation of other related countries until we complete that process", he told the meeting, according to Cheong Wa Dae pool reports.

Trump and Kim will be making history here on Tuesday morning when they shake hands for the first time.

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Friday's announcement came after a top North Korean official arrived at the White House to deliver a letter to the president. He arrived for the meeting accompanied by the senior USA officials who have overseen an extraordinary diplomatic opening.

Whatever will be said and not said tomorrow on "denuclearization" will be closely scrutinized - as it was in the aftermath of the April 27 summit meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un.

Trump and his lieutenants have been walking different lines on the agenda ahead with North Korea. Enemies since the Korean War, the leaders of North Korea and the United States have never met previously - or even spoken on the phone.

On the U.S. side, Mr Trump was to be joined by Mr Pompeo, his chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser John Bolton and USA ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, along with a few others.

Actually, says another group, there will indeed be disarmament, a peace treaty ending the Korean War and North Korea's emergence as a contributing member of the global community - but just not right now.

USA and North Korean officials huddled throughout Monday at the Ritz-Carlton hotel ahead of the sit-down aimed at resolving a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

"We'll probably need another summit", Trump said during the news conference that lasted more than an hour. But many say this is highly unlikely, given how hard it has been for Mr Kim to build his programme and given that the weapons are seen as the major guarantee to his holding onto unchecked power. Trump is probably keen to have a successful summit after disagreements at the G7 summit and before the November mid-term elections in the United States.

"I know Singapore is a very hot country, so I wish that our respected marshal stays healthy and comes back in good health". Kim is hoping Trump will relieve the economic sanctions that have crippled the North Korean economy.

Washington is eager to see if the North's pledges were "sincere", Pompeo said, adding: "The United States has been fooled before".

He has raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement on ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty.

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