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Dennis Rodman Lauds Trump as 'Greatest Negotiator' and Shares an Appropriate Gift He Gave North Korea

Dennis Rodman Lauds Trump as 'Greatest Negotiator' and Shares an Appropriate Gift He Gave North Korea

One dispatch by the Korean Central News Agency said North Korea and the USA would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on establishing new relations, building a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism", achieving denuclearization and "other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era". And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to keep expectations for the summit in check.

KCNA's coverage also highlighted Mr Kim's late-night stroll in Singapore, and said the leader was impressed by a "nocturnal bird's eye view" from the top of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, where a SkyPark links three 55-storey towers.

News of the Trump-Kim summit also covered the front page of the ruling party's newspaper.

Sanctions on North Korea would remain in place until that happened, Pompeo said.

Just hours before Donald Trump was scheduled to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, the president was drawn back to Twitter where he took aim (albeit with poor spelling) at domestic critics.

After their initial greeting, Trump and Kim walked inside, sat down and spoke briefly to reporters.

After that five-day visit, Rodman told reporters, "I'm just trying to open the door".

Both leaders landed in Singapore on Sunday, joining the estimated 3,000 journalists expected to cover the summit, .

Trump has said he'll know within minutes whether a deal can be made.

There will not be a repeat of "flimsy agreements" made between previous USA administrations and North Korea, Secretary Pompeo told reporters in Singapore on Monday.

Trump was hosted for a working lunch Monday by Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, at the Istana, which is the official residence of the city state's president.

Many analysts have suggested that the discussion about denuclearization means very different things to North Koreans than it does to American officials.

Trump initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile program that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States. Her earlier trip to South Korea in January triggered a media frenzy.

For the first time since the division of the Korean Peninsula, the leaders of the two countries held a summit in June 2000.

It's unclear what Trump and Kim might decide Tuesday.

Pompeo did say the United States is "prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique that America has been willing to provide previously".

That's in part because of South Korea's diplomatic outreach to the North, which was highlighted by two summits this spring between the rivals' leaders.

A sit-down with the U.S. president is something North Korea has long pushed for.

The two leaders 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.

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