Alone time: Trump, Kim Jong Un ditch aides to meet one-on-one

Alone time: Trump, Kim Jong Un ditch aides to meet one-on-one

Alone time: Trump, Kim Jong Un ditch aides to meet one-on-one

SINGAPORE ― As the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was underway in Singapore, former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman broke down in tears discussing the historic meeting during an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the president was fully prepared for the meeting.

The relative speed with which the state media got the news of Mr Kim's arrival in Singapore out to the North Korean public suggested a certain level of confidence the meeting would go well - or at least well enough.

Kim, 72, has been Kim Jong Un's most trusted policy adviser since the North Korean leader began a peace offensive with the USA and South Korea in January.

Hannity is in Singapore, where Trump is about to sit down for his historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Pushed about whether US troop numbers would be on the agenda in Singapore, Mattis replied, "I don't believe it is".

Mr Lee confirmed that Singapore will spend about S$20 million on the summit, with security costing half the figure.

North Korea signed onto a goal of "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula in an April 27 declaration with South Korea. "I believe this is a good prelude for peace". There will then be a bilateral meeting that will include some of Trump's top advisers, followed by a working lunch. North Korea also wants an end to what it considers America's "hostile policy" and a security guarantee that the US will not seek to remove the regime.

On his way to Asia from the G7 meeting in Canada, Trump said he was embarking on a "mission of peace", predicting he'll know "within the first minute" if Kim is serious about negotiating.

Balakrishnan, who received Kim, the Chairman of North Korea's State Affairs Commission, on Sunday at Changi Airport, said the summit comes after 70 years of suspicion, war and diplomatic failures.

"The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward, but we've overcome all of them and we are here today", Kim said.

Rodman has traveled to North Korea in the past and seems to have struck up an unlikely friendship with the North Korean leader.

Near the end of the interview clip, he tells Cuomo - through tears - "I'm so happy!"

Reuters could not confirm if leader Kim was staying in the Presidential Suite.

The White House said later that discussions with North Korea had moved "more quickly than expected" and Trump would leave Singapore on Tuesday night after the summit, rather than Wednesday, as scheduled earlier.

Replied the guy who, nine months earlier, compared Trump's speech at the UN General Assembly to the sound of a barking dog: "It has not been easy to come to this point".

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