Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Trump and Kim are set to meet on Tuesday at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa for talks which could see North Korea dismantle its nuclear arsenal in return for economic help and security guarantees.

US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are in Singapore ahead of their critical meet on June 12.

He has said the talks would be more about starting a relationship with Kim for a negotiating process that would take more than one summit. It will be the first time a sitting USA president has met with a North Korean leader. On the U.S. side, Trump was to be joined by Pompeo, chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser John Bolton and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, along with a few others.

Mr Pompeo, Donald Trump's top diplomat, said that the president was fully prepared for his meeting with Kim Jong-un. Trump later accused the New York Times of quoting a senior White House official "who doesn't exist".

A complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization "is the only outcome that the United States will accept", Pompeo told reporters on Monday evening in Singapore. Both leaders were greeted on arrival by Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

"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.

"I think we need to see that this meeting has real potential", said Sen. 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.

'Cheating Every Time' North Korea has previously promised to denuclearize, only to continue its nuclear program after receiving concessions from the United States, said Michael J. Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Trump also called the leaders of South Korea and Japan in advance of the summit, Pompeo said. Trump seemed to be working actively to define expectations downward following an Oval Office meeting last month with North Korean vice chairman Kim Yong Chol.

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

There was speculation throughout the day over whether Kim Jong Un had taken his private jet- an Ilyushin IL-62M - from Pyongyang, but official photos released by the Singaporean Ministry of Communications and Information showing Kim meeting Balakrishnan on the tarmac appear to reveal that he flew to Singapore aboard an Air China Boeing 747. But U.S. officials have since avoided such lofty declarations. He told reporters, "I will know, just my touch, my feel". Victor Cha, also a former USA negotiator and now adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, has said "the danger of a failed summit is that it could actually take us a step closer to armed conflict, because there is no diplomacy left after a [failed] summit".

As noted by Yonhap News Agency, "It is very uncommon for Pyongyang's media to reveal the charter of a foreign airplane in its leader's overseas trip, particularly because the North Korean government has long promoted the Juche (self-reliance) ideology and slogans in all state affairs".

The North has presented Kim's sudden diplomatic overtures to the country's neighbours and the U.S. as a logical next step and completion of his plan to develop a credible nuclear deterrent in response to what Pyongyang says is a policy of "nuclear blackmail" by Washington.

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

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