Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Dennis Rodman Reportedly Will Head to Trump-Kim Summit

Dennis Rodman Reportedly Will Head to Trump-Kim Summit

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the two leaders would meet at 9am (11am AEST) local time in the Asian city-state, adding that Mr Trump was receiving daily security briefings on North Korea in anticipation of the meeting.

Before previous important meetings, including his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April, Kim has limited his public activities and he is expected to be concentrating on preparations for the USA summit.

USA and North Korean officials are continuing to lay the groundwork ahead of the summit.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was present at the meeting where Kim handed Trump a symbolic letter, reportedly told Trump that Bolton's presence would be "counterproductive", people familiar with the talks told CNN.

"President Trump shaking up the game through his public letter on May 24 [canceling the North Korea summit] can be a part of a plan to brush off China", said Jung Chang-hyun, a North Korea and modern Korean history expert.

North Korea, in return, is thought to want the USA to relieve sanctions against it, remove it from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, and begin steps to open diplomatic relations with the communist state - a result that could be considered a win by the North's leader ahead of the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding in September.

Earlier, Trump expressed hope the June 12 talks in Singapore will be "the start of something big. we will soon see!"

He went on to say that Japan will also shoulder some of the economic aid, stressing that the USA will not be "spending a lot of money".

In his State of the Union Address at the end of January, Trump focused on human rights violations in North Korea. "And I can also tell you the schedule tentatively for that first meeting will be on June 12 at 9 a.m. Singapore time (June 11 at 9 p.m. EDT)".

"There would be a denuclearization roadmap coming out of the summit with Trump, and it would be burdensome for Kim to have hawks who could be agitated by any desertion of the nuclear program", said Cheong Seong-Chang, a senior fellow at South Korea's Sejong Institute.

It is a shift from the speedy, "all-in-one" denuclearization the U.S. has demanded from North Korea. And as the president stated, we have sanctions on.

Evans Revere, a former USA negotiator with North Korea, said any kind of joint peace declaration at this stage - when Pyongyang has shown no real willingness to give up its nuclear programme - would be premature.

Over the weekend, North Korea said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was planning a state visit to North Korea as well. Announcing the sanctions, the USA accused North Korea of cruelty and hardship, "including extrajudicial killings, forced labor and torture".

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