Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Rodman arrives in Singapore ahead of summit


Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong accompanied her brother to the historic summit in Singapore, but in separate flights amid security concerns by the secretive regime, according to multiple reports.

Preliminary talks between officials have been taking place ahead of the unprecedented first meeting.

Noting that the discussions between the United States and North Korean delegations working out the logistics of the summit are moving "more quickly than expected", the White House released some details about the meeting.

North Korea had also threatened to strike Guam, an American territory in the Pacific Ocean.

He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing US troops from the Korean Peninsula, but stressed the context of the discussions was "radically different than ever before". But no one can credibly suggest that a durable or verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be achieved when North Korea remains a completely closed and totalitarian state. Both leaders were greeted on arrival by Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

He explained that he gave the North Korean official Trump's book, "Art of the Deal", while he was in North Korea.

Here's what we know about who's on the ground in Singapore for the North Korean delegation.

The circus-like atmosphere might be amusing if the stakes weren't so high.

President Donald Trump blowing out a candle on his birthday cake.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore
It initially was meant to rid the North of its weapons, to forge the "complete denuclearization" of the country. Kim is hoping Trump will relieve the economic sanctions that have crippled the North Korean economy.

Many questions remain unanswered, however, including whether the North Koreans have robust enough communication systems to make sure no one panics and launches an attack, said Vipin Narang, an associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Security Studies Program.

There was a sweet ending to the working lunch: an early birthday cake for Trump.

Retired US basketball star Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore. It also has two presidential suites, so Trump and Kim won't have to duke it out over who gets the big room.

Trump and Kim will meet at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday (9:00 p.m. ET on Monday). He had been scheduled to leave on Wednesday.

In March, Trump surprised the world by accepting an invitation from Kim to meet in person.

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?

Readers of Rodong Sinmun would have seen an unusual - by North Korean standards - editorial, arguing that Pyongyang should be engaging with other nations.

"We're prepared to take actions that will provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearization isn't something that ends badly for them", Pompeo said, adding that talks were "moving quite rapidly and we anticipate they will come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we had anticipated".

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