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Singapore's foreign minister heads to North Korea ahead of Trump-Kim summit

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Lisa Bryan | 12 June, 2018, 03:17

The White House did announce a specific time for the Trump-Kim meeting: 9 a.m. on June 12 in Singapore (9 p.m. on June 11, prime time in the United States).

A US advance team was spotted at the Capella Hotel last week meeting with North Korean officials in preparation for the summit.

Trump said last week he expected an eventual "very positive result" with North Korea but dampened expectations for a breakthrough in Singapore, saying it could take several meetings to reach an agreement.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) said it was willing to help resolve the impasse by bankrolling Kim's delegation, using part of the $1.1 million cash prize it received for winning last year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Trump had already confirmed that would be a protracted effort in and of itself, given the size of North Korea's arsenal.

"If President Trump meets with Kim Jong Un and receives a deal that truly lives up to these principles, he will have made the world a safer place..."


When talks of the summit began, Rodman praised President Trump for the meetings and told The Associated Press he looks forward to returning to the pariah nation for "basketball diplomacy" in the coming months.

"All these (promoted) guys are top Kim Jong Un guys", said Michael Madden, author of the highly respected North Korea Leadership Watch blog.

The ex-NBA star believes he should be credited for bringing the two leaders together as he was "just trying to open a door" for the two leaders by going to North Korea. As a result, US planners are considering asking Singapore, the host country, to pay for the North Korean delegation's bill.

Mr Putin told Austrian public broadcaster ORF on Monday that the denuclearisation of the North shouldn't be "one-way road" and he hoped the USA would reward Pyongyang if it suspended nuclear and missile tests.

"It's a sign he's comfortable shuffling people around", she said, adding that it's also a way to consolidate influence and avoid the formation of other power centers. We can go fast, we can go slowly.

Pompeo, who has travelled to Pyongyang twice since March, has prepared Trump for the summit in about eight-to-ten hours of briefings per week for several weeks, two USA officials said.

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