Dennis Rodman traveling to Singapore for North Korea summit

Dennis Rodman traveling to Singapore for North Korea summit

If Singapore's reputation for tight security was one reason the real Kim Jong Un agreed to hold his summit with Donald Trump in the city-state, the fake Kim Jong Un now knows why.

Traveling with Kim were top officials including Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Kim Yong Chol, a close aide of Kim who has been instrumental in the diplomacy that culminated in tomorrow's summit.

PM Lee also said Singapore has "made sure to see to the details and the big picture", citing how the Home Team has found Korean speakers among its ranks to help with summit preparations.

After his remarks, Trump headed to the Canadian air base at Bagotville by helicopter before boarding Air Force One and setting off for Singapore, where he was scheduled to arrive late Sunday.

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

Despite Kim's apparent eagerness for a summit with Trump, there are doubts that he would fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as the guarantor of his survival.

Media captionTrump-Kim summit: Can you achieve peace on a plate?

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.

"People call it a historic summit but... it is important to understand that this summit was available to any U.S. president who wanted to do it and the point is no USA president wanted to do this, and for good reasons", said Christopher Hill, a former lead United States nuclear negotiator with North Korea.

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Such a meeting was unthinkable just months ago when Trump and Kim were exchanging insults and threats that raised fears of war in the region. "And again, I say that with hope that maybe something can happen", said the U.S. President.

In a sea of reporters and curious tourists, the two were North Korean media workers waiting to capture the image of their leader, who all North Koreans are duty bound to revere, arriving for a historic summit with President Donald Trump. "From that time onwards we started selling 30-40 units a day", he told Reuters in an interview at the project's showroom, decorated with water-spouting statues of Singapore's unofficial mascot, the mythical Merlion. China has repeatedly said that the root of the nuclear crisis needs to be dealt with by Pyongyang and Washington and that a summit between the two sides could be a "key step" to resolving the situation. The truth is Trump needs success in these talks more than Kim does because Trump has already claimed success on the basis of Kim's offer to denuclearise.

"My suspicion remains that he is going to try to get as much sanctions relief as possible without having to give up his weapons", said Sen.

May 22: Trump and Moon meet at the White House to discuss the Trump-Kim talks. The South Korean president says the "fate and the future of the Korean Peninsula hinge" on the meeting in Singapore.

The United States and North Korea have been in a technical state of war for decades after the eruption of the 1950-1953 Korean War, which pitted U.S. -led U.N. troops backing Seoul against Pyongyang's forces that were aided by China.

Kim Jong Un and Trump have shared a rocky relationship leading up to the summit.

Laurence Nardon, director of the North American program at the French Institute of International Relations in Paris, said Mr. Trump's behavior was a negotiation trick. Ambiguity about exactly what "denuclearization" must look like has left some wringing their hands, while others fear he may yield on a longtime North Korean wish that the USA withdraw some or all of its military presence on the Korean Peninsula.

The MFA also said Lee will meet President Trump separately on Monday.

Prior to the Singapore meeting between Trump and Kim, there have been rallies in Seoul by groups urging the two leaders to end the U.S.

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