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

U.S. President Donald Trump flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly attend a lunch with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and officials at the Istana in Singapore Former NBA star Rodman arrives in Singapore for Trump-Kim summit
Bennie Garza | 12 June, 2018, 02:31

Today, we start with a behind the scenes of the summit.

"That is an extraordinary offer of flexibility, considering (North Korea) poses a direct security threat to the United States", according to Saeed.

Image copyright Handout Image caption North Korean citizens were not told why Mr Kim travelled on an Air China jet What is North Korea saying?

Just hours before what could be the most important meeting of his life, a seemingly relaxed and confident Kim Jong Un took a night on the town in Singapore, taking selfies and being greeted by cheering onlookers. Media houses and analysts have had a lot to say on the 12 June summit, attempting to explain and highlight its significance.

A transport plane - one of three aircraft that headed to Singapore - also carried food and Kim's bullet-proof limousine.

"Trump is likely to declare the summit a victory irrespective of the outcome, but if the two sides fail to reach a common understanding of denuclearisation it will put at risk any process that the summit kicks off", he said.

Trump told reporters the Singapore summit is "really a get-to-know-you kind of situation".

Many experts on North Korea, one of the most insular and unpredictable countries in the world, remain skeptical Kim will ever completely abandon nuclear weapons.

The cover of this week's edition of The Economis.

Trump has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty. In this week's edition of the magazine, The Economist depicts Trump swinging on a wrecking ball-Miley Cyrus-style-and in its report warns that Trump's strategy may work in favour of his "America First" policy but risks a lonely America in the long run.

Even Mr Kim's two recent trips overseas to neighbouring China were not reported to the North Korean population until he had returned home.

Trump, however, has invited pressure and left little room to achieve more than what he suggests is realistic.

Trump and Kim touched down on a sweltering early summer day in Singapore, the city-state founded in the early 19th Century as a British colony because of its position at the intersection of sea lanes between Europe and Asia.

North Korean state journalists have also traveled to Singapore this week to capture their leader's meetings and movements.

Kim held a meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of the planned summit. But there are major doubts, given how hard it has been for Kim to build his program and that the weapons are seen as the major guarantee to his holding onto unchecked power.

Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the United States and North Korea. She acts as her older brother's assistant at times, having hand-delivered a letter from him to South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

It "would instead lay out practical steps with requisite commitments from North Korea that demonstrate that it understands, accepts and is committed to achieving denuclearisation as the USA defines it", said Enos, who is also in Singapore to watch the proceedings. Both leaders are set to meet at Capella, which is on Sentosa, Singapore's resort island. As the Washington Post points out in one of its op-eds: "It could be years before anyone can fully judge whether the Singapore summit put the two countries on a path to success".

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