Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Hannah Rogers
June 13, 2018

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Wednesday: "Kim Jong-un invited Trump to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time and Trump invited Kim Jong-un to visit the US".

Trump later told a news conference he expected the denuclearization process to start "very, very quickly" and it would be verified by "having a lot of people in North Korea". Shortly after Trump's presser, a spokesperson from South Korea's Blue House (its executive branch of government) said that "the meaning and intention" of the U.S. president's remarks regarding the war games "require more clear understanding".

Kim said there would be a "major change" in the world.

Kim was heard telling Trump through a translator: "I think the entire world is watching this moment".

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Singapore.

No signing had been planned at the beginning of the day, although a large amount of time had been left free after a working lunch schedule for 11:30 a.m. local time (11:30 p.m. ET).

Kim could be seen smiling as he looked inside the vehicle.

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un to open historic summit with one-on-one powwow
USA allies are anxious that Trump could upend decades of global precedent, NPR's Mara Liasson reported on Weekend Edition Sunday . A more middle-of-the-road result could be for statements about denuclearization followed by more high-level negotiations.

"You know, he can have a membership at Trump National", Graham said on CBS, referring to Trump's golf course.

In addition to their talks, the two leaders also signed an agreement on Tuesday that will commit the United States to providing certain security measures if the Korean peninsula is stripped of all nuclear weapons.

He said that Donald Trump first caught his eye in 2007 when he won a "battle of the billionaires" in the World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) WrestleMania.

"Well, US State Department still thinks Singapore is in Malaysia", said Twitter user @BrioS_BRxV.

Current and former USA defence officials expressed concern at the possibility that the United States would unilaterally halt military exercises without an explicit concession from North Korea that lowers the threat from Pyongyang.

"The coming few months will give us a better indication as to whether [this] was an expensive photo opportunity or a positive breakthrough", said Patrick Cronin, the top Asia security expert at the Center for New American Security in Washington.

The presidential Blue House said it needed "to find out the precise meaning or intentions" of Mr Trump's statement, while adding that it was willing to "explore various measures to help the talks move forward more smoothly".

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