The Trump-Kim Summit: What You Need to Know

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

Former US basketball star Dennis Rodman flew into Singapore late Monday ahead of at summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, playing down expectations of an immediate breakthrough at the historic meeting.

The White House says Trump will leave Singapore Tuesday, because the talks have "moved more quickly than expected".

"He is willing to offer his support for his friends, President Trump and Marshall Kim Jong Un", Prince said.

President Donald J. Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. Trump had earlier tweeted about the "excitement in the air!"

Trump later accused the New York Times of quoting a senior White House official "who doesn't exist".

The summit, the first time a sitting U.S. president meets a North Korean leader, was almost called off just two weeks before the event.

In part, these lowered expectations are a reflection of the extreme skepticism among many that the North can be persuaded to give up a nuclear programme it has stubbornly built over the decades, often in secrecy and despite intense sanctions, worldwide condemnation and widespread suffering among its people. He said the USA would be satisfied with nothing less than the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula - with verification the key part of any deal.

In a statement Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said: "I want to pay a particular tribute to Prime Minister Trudeau for his leadership and skillful chairing".

Earlier in May, North Korea, too, had threatened to cancel the meeting in protest against the joint military exercise the U.S. had conducted with South Korea.

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Its state-run media are reporting extensively on Mr Kim's arrival in Singapore, with KCNA publishing three reports detailing his departure from Pyongyang, arrival in Singapore and meeting with Singaporean Premier Lee Hsien Loong.

A 2014 United Nations investigation found that conditions in North Korea were so abhorrent and crimes against humanity were occurring on such a broad scale that it likened the North Korean government to the Nazis.

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.

The report also said Mr Kim was accompanied by his foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, defence minister No Kwang Chol and sister Ms Kim Yo Jong.

There was no word on how Trump was spending the night before the summit.

Unlike most other publications, USA Today had a different outlook of the Trump-Kim meeting. He was joined in Singapore by Ambassador Sung Kim, the US envoy to the Philippines, and Ambassador Michael McKinley, a career diplomat Pompeo recently tapped to be his senior adviser.

Trump has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty.

More than 2,500 journalists are in Singapore to cover the event. But at Pompeo's two meetings with Kim in Pyongyang earlier this year, the translator role was filled by Andrew Kim, a Korean-American and former CIA Seoul station chief. Forging a peace treaty involving South Korea may be another topic of the Trump-Kim meeting.

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