Former NBA star Rodman to fly to Singapore for Trump-Kim summit

Andrew Cummings
June 10, 2018

When US President Donald Trump meets his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un on Tuesday in Singapore, the eyes of the world will be on them.

Trump made his remarks in Charlevoix, Canada, at the end of the G-7 summit in a press conference as he prepared to depart for Singapore where he will meet with Kim on Tuesday to discuss issues such as North Korea denuclearization and an end to the Korean War.

Beijing, the North's only major ally and key economic lifeline, is also ready for a peace agreement, according to William Overholt, an Asia expert and senior fellow at Harvard University, and could "come down very hard on the North" if Pyongyang refuses to abandon its nukes despite potential USA offers of a peace treaty, security guarantees, diplomatic recognition and economic assistance. Trump withdrew from it last month. "When the government says, there is prosperity in terms of food and rice, we see it ourselves and see that there is a drought and there is no food for us", Kim said.

North Korea seeks a deterrent against more powerful adversaries to guarantee its regime survival and to establish mutual nuclear vulnerability with the United States - unless the United States abandons its "hostile policy" toward North Korea and engages in mutual nuclear arms reductions - as well as to improve its strategic position and standing as a normal and "responsible nuclear state".

"I have a clear objective, but I have to say - it's going to be something that will always be spur of the moment", Trump said.

South Korea and China, rattled by the ratcheting tensions, signed on to tougher and more restrictive US -led sanctions.

"The president has talked tough when it comes to North Korea, but more important than any tweet, more important than any comment about the size of the big red button will be the president's willingness to stand strong and secure a strong and enduring deal", Schumer said.

Brisbane retiree Raymond Ferguson is secretary for the Australia Democratic Republic of North Korea Friendship Association.

South Korean activists hold candles during a rally to support of the USA and North Korea summit on June 9 in Seoul.

Later, the United States president expanded on this thought. "What I do think, however, is that there will have to be major outreach to Congress to get their buy in for whatever the negotiated result is", she said. "I don't know why those two famous guys come here", she said. How long will it take?

However, he says the summit could be looked at as a step in the right direction even if it lacks concrete commitments.

"Thank you for all the donations you have been making to North Korea, well, me. I think the USA was played by North Korea, and to some extent by South Korea", Kristof said when we met at the New York Times office this week.

After trying to smooth over tensions with the six other leaders at the summit in Canada, Trump spoke optimistically about his looming meeting and said he believed it would go well, reports Daily Mail.

"I think within the first minute I'll know".

He said he is planning similar stunts for the goal of political satire in the coming days, this time in tow with Donald Trump impersonator Dennis Alan.

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