Former NBA star Rodman arrives in Singapore for Trump-Kim summit

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore for historic summit

During Kim Jong-un's absence, state media notes that titular head of state Kim Yong-nam is still in Pyongyang, preparing for a visit to Russian Federation later this week for the opening ceremony of the football World Cup.

On June 1 he was greeted by US President Donald Trump at the White House, where a brief encounter meant for the hand delivery of a personal letter from Kim Jong-un became a longer discussion of areas of disagreement between the two countries.

Pyongyang has said it is willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the United States provides it with reliable security assurances and other benefits.

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.

The White House wouldn't release any names ahead of Tuesday's summit.

"Welcomed Chairman Kim Jong-Un, who has just arrived in Singapore", Balakrishnan tweeted.

He travelled to North Korea to visit the dictator in May.

In a sign of lingering tensions, the North Koreans have been closely scrutinizing all American staffers who are slated to be in any U.S.

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

North Korean-US Summit
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President Donald Trump blowing out a candle on his birthday cake.

Mr Trump has said he has a "good feeling" about Tuesday's much-anticipated summit. Earlier in the day, he had lunch with Singapore's President Lee Hsien Loong and was presented with a cake ahead of his birthday on Thursday. The Worm has visited North Korea on multiple occasions and competed on Celebrity Apprentice in 2013.

Tuesday's summit in Singapore is unlikely to be a "momentous event", Kirk Wagar tells CNBC. As the site for their meeting, the two leaders have chosen one of Singapore's most luxurious hotels, the Capella Resort on Sentosa Island, a popular vacation spot off the southern tip of Singapore and home to Universal Studios Singapore.

In a statement obtained by CNN, Rodman says he considers Trump to be a friend and expressed his confidence in his ability to get the job done in their summit. Mr Kim is reported to be flying out even earlier, at 2pm local time.

South Korea media outlets reported that Kim will likely stay at the St Regis, where his close aide has been based as he leads a North Korean advance team arranging security and logistics details.

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

Murphy, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he wanted diplomacy to work with North Korea but wasn't "holding his breath" for Trump to succeed.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said the Singapore summit is "truly a mission of peace", adding the U.S.is "eager" to see if Kim is "sincere" about denuclearization.

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested U.S. sanctions and other global pressure will continue until North Korea takes steps toward denuclearization.

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