Dennis Rodman to Travel to Singapore for North Korea Summit

Dennis Rodman to Travel to Singapore for North Korea Summit

Trump responded to the provocations with provocative rhetoric, belittling Kim as "Little Rocket Man" and threatening "fire and fury".

He also thanked Lee for hosting the summit and for his "hospitality and professionalism and your friendship". "He's got an opportunity, the likes of which I think nearly - if you look into history - very few people have ever had".

Whether such a deal can be done, Trump declared Saturday, is something he will know nearly from the moment they meet. The US president turns 72 on Thursday.

This included an individual who was turned away after search of his mobile phone showed he was looking for info on suicide bombing, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam. "Celebrating birthday, a bit early", he wrote.

"Trump is a publicity seeker".

After more than a day's silence on Twitter, Trump posted four tweets about trade disagreements that were the talk of the G-7 conference, followed by a quick mention of the summit he is now attending - writing "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!" - before turning back to tweeting about trade once more.

The US President flew to Singapore from Canada, where he participated in an especially contentious G7 summit that came after he triggered a trade dispute with several of the US' closest allies.

"We can expect a one on one at the beginning", Palladino was quoted as saying by The Straits Times.

During the flight, the President spent time meeting with his staff, reading materials, and preparing for his meetings in Singapore. Trump and Kim lookalikes held a summit of their own at a local shopping mall, while one bistro is offering a libation known as the Trump-Kim "Bromance:" Beer, tequila, diet Coke and the Korean distilled rice liquor known as soju.

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Kim met with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee at his Istana residence after his arrival, in talks which North Korea's KCNA news agency said proceeded "in an amicable and friendly atmosphere".

Trump has even floated the idea of extending this week's summit for a second day, and maybe inviting Kim to the United States for further meetings.

At their summit in April Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to seek a peace treaty and Trump mused earlier this month: "Can you believe we're talking about the ending of the Korean War?"

Last year, the North made one of the biggest breakthroughs in its missile and nuclear weapons programs - which it says it needs to defend against the risk of a USA invasion - when it announced that it had "completed" its state nuclear program after testing a missile capable of striking most, if not all, of the continental U.S.

Trump and Kim are set to meet tomorrow 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.

Mr Trump's first year in office was marked by bitter exchanges with Mr Kim as North Korea conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of global warnings.

Another Pyongyang report quoting Kim Yong-nam, the nominal head of state, as telling leader Kim to achieve outstanding outcomes from the summit with the USA has also drawn attention.

Singapore has spent $S20 million hosting the summit, half of that on security costs, with Lee saying it was "in our profound interest" to contribute to such an global endeavour.


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