Dennis Rodman Came to the Trump-Kim Summit for More 'Basketball Diplomacy'

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The president's rhetoric has not mirrored that of his new secretary of state.

But after Mr. Trump left the summit he announced he was pulling out of the statement, citing statements by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a post-summer press conference, where Mr. Trudeau said Canada had been "insulted" by Mr. Trump justifying his tariffs on national-security grounds.

Miles from Washington, staring down a momentous meeting with a North Korean autocrat, President Donald Trump had plenty of other things on his mind, too.

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get United States troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.

He would not be drawn on what might be on offer. The president wants the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of his nuclear weapons program.

On Monday morning, North Koreans woke up to the news that Kim had arrived in Singapore for the "historic" tête-à-tête. On the day before the meeting, weeks of preparation appeared to pick up in pace, with USA and North Korean officials meeting throughout Monday at a Singapore hotel.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits the Marina Bay Sands hotel with Singaporean foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Monday, June 11, 2018.

Trump, who is offering to reduce economic sanctions on North Korea in exchange for denuclearisation, also seemed to warn Kim that the summit is a "one-time opportunity" that should not be wasted. Trump had famously called the North Korean ruler 'a Little Rocket Man', and was furiously labeled "mentally deranged dotard" by Pyongyang.

When Trump took office, there was nothing in his rhetoric that could predict any effort to make peace with North Korea. As a rule, they would only report on the leader's movements after the event.

Kim's Diplomatic Win Just meeting with Trump will be a diplomatic accomplishment for Kim, who has emerged from isolation in recent months and rapidly increased his outreach to other world leaders. "I'm unconcerned about our capacity to continue to do what we need to do".

For decades the USA has been a sworn enemy. And that was some of its milder language.

The commemorative coin issued ahead of the US-North Korea summit.

The White House had been exploring whether the United States could or should cover the costs for Kim Jong Un to attend the summit. The US and its ally South Korea began massive military exercises, probably seen in the North as war preparations.

These pages in the paper are significant because they pave the way for a possible change in the state's message and it helps those watching argue that this time with North Korea, things could be different.

In its illustrative preview of what the two leaders aim to achieve at the summit, the BCC said what most have been thinking - "Frankly, it's not yet clear".

Pompeo's firm line on sanctions relief suggests that the USA 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. China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty. They are being housed at the Formula One pit building in the city centre, while Trump stays in the Shangri-La and Kim at the St. Regis.

Denuclearisation has been the central issue in the run-up to the talks.

Upon returning from a trip to North Korea in 2014, Rodman checked into rehab. His leading role may signify the Korea-centric view that North Korea takes of these interactions.

"It's important to remember who we are dealing with".

"It's unknown territory in the truest sense but I really feel confident", Trump said.

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