Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrives 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

That may be even more important to Trump in the wake of the disastrous G-7 summit.

The leader of North Korea has arrived to Singapore in what has been a meticulously coordinated scheme shrouded in mystery.

After that secretive summit, John Bolton angered North Korea when he compared the country's path to denuclearization to Libya's, leading experts to believe Trump's hawkish national security adviser was trying to sabotage the talks.

Citizens are traditionally told - pretty much from birth - that the United States and former colonial power Japan are the great enemies of the people of the Korean peninsula.

US President Donald Trump announced he will be leaving Singapore early because the talks had moved "more quickly than expected".

"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.

After the many meetings with Kim, Trump will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. local time (6 p.m. AEST), then fly back to the White House.

Their first meeting will be just the two men, with their translators, without any advisers present. "Maybe it's a surprise I'll see him tomorrow before he leaves", he said.

Instead, Pompeo suggested the summit, while historic, might yield little in the way of concrete success other than to pave the way for more meetings in the future. He credits his administration's "maximum pressure" campaign with getting Kim to the table.

Rodman, who has struck up an unlikely friendship with the basketball loving North Korean leader, arrived in the city-state some nine hours before Trump meets with Kim in a bid to negotiate an end to a decades-old nuclear stand-off.




Upon his arrival in Singapore, Rodman told reporters he wasn't sure if he would meet Kim. "There will no way of knowing what happens in that room, unless it's being recorded ― knowingly or otherwise", he said. But lawmakers are anxious Trump might not get enough in return during his initial talks with Kim. A cameraman was also heard yelling profanities in Korean. Both leaders would offer "clear, specific, unequivocal statements" outlining a dismantlement of North Korean weapons, an inventory and removal of all nuclear fuel and an opening up to United Nations nuclear inspectors.

Discussions would focus on "the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern", KCNA said. He was received by Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

Pompeo's firm line on sanctions relief suggests that the U.S. is looking for a short transition toward denuclearization, according to Zhang Baohui, director of the Centre for Asian Pacific Studies at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

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

Gorka said first, he expects a "symbolic" outcome relating to the potential end of the Korean War.

"We could sign an agreement".

The rare public appearance of Kim, waving and smiling to onlookers, adds to the more affable image of the young leader that has emerged since his summit in April with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in. It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before ... "It's about attitude, it's about willingness to get things done".

In return, Kim, said to be in his mid-thirties, called Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard".

But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation.

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