Rodman Cries on Television After Trump-Kim Handshake

Casey Dawson
June 13, 2018

Kim and Trump arrived in tropical Singapore on Sunday for the first ever face-to-face meeting by leaders of two countries that have been enemies since the 1950-1953 Korean War. But even before they met, Trump announced plans to leave early, raising questions about whether his aspirations for an ambitious outcome had been scaled back.

While he wasn't an official part of the US delegation or involved the meeting, Rodman, who has formed an unlikely relationship with the murderous North Korean dictator, was in Singapore to show his support for the meeting.

On Tuesday, famous "North Korean envoy" Dennis Rodman broke down in tears live on CNN, saying that the controversial talks between him and Kim Jong-un and between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un were the right thing to do.

Singapore's government said it has spent about $20 million to be the host of the summit, Tracy reports, so perhaps they will get some money back from tourists buying summit swag.

Discussions would focus on "the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realizing the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern", KCNA said.

He also shared a photo of himself and Trump and told the entire world that he's "honored" to call the president a friend.

"This is Trump's natural setting - he's used to being in front of TV cameras while this might not be so natural for Kim", he said.

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After the historical handshake, Trump and Kim are onto their 45-minute one-on-one session at the Capella Hotel at Sentosa Island.

He explained that he gave the North Korean official Trump's book, "Art of the Deal", while he was in North Korea. "And they're all ready for operations for the next few days".

Both North Korea and the USA have nonetheless sought to set expectations high.

Choe, a vice foreign minister, is the highest-level female diplomat in North Korea.

He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing USA troops from the Korean Peninsula, but said the context of the discussions was "radically different than ever before". "I can only say this", Pompeo said. "And we have been able, so far anyway, to provide that confidence". The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The North has presented Kim's sudden diplomatic overtures to the country's neighbours and the USA as a logical next step and completion of his plan to develop a credible nuclear deterrent in response to what Pyongyang says is a policy of "nuclear blackmail" by Washington.

After shaking hands for 13 seconds shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Mr. Trump placed a hand on Mr. Kim's shoulder and the two walked toward a meeting room. "That's what I do".

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