Ex-NBA Star Rodman Bursts Into Tears After Historic Trump, Kim Handshake

A man walks past a map showing key locations and dates in the Korean conflict at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul

A man walks past a map showing key locations and dates in the Korean conflict at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul

President Donald Trump reaches to shake hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore.

"For long-time Korea-watchers, seeing the first-ever handshake and meeting between a sitting USA president and North Korean leader is already momentous".

Last week, Trump told reporters that it would be easy to tell if a deal was possible with Kim in the first minute of the meeting.

Describing Kim with affection, Rodman said the North Korean leader loves to have a good time, wants his people to enjoy their lives, and would love to visit the United States.

The president is now in Singapore, just hours away from his historic meeting with Kim. We find the status quo - with North Korea in possession of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them nearly anywhere - unacceptable, while Kim finds the status quo tolerable, even granting his country's bad economic situation.

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Rodman, sporting a black t-shirt advertising a cryptocurrency he is involved with, said he was unsure whether he would get to meet with Kim - a man he has previously described as a "friend for life".

Kim reportedly has settled into the Presidential Suite on the palatial St. Regis' top floor that offers sweeping views of the city, artwork by some of the world's greatest artists and a price tag of up to $9,000 a night.

What is unclear whether the summit will lead to any type of substantive outline of an agreement in which North Korea will halt its program and agree to denuclearize, and what kind of verification procedure it would accept. North Korea did not immediately disclose the identity of Kim's interpreter.

Trump was joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton, and John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff, for the expanded talks, while Kim's team included former military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol, foreign minister Ri Yong Ho and Ri Su Yong, vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party.

"The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward, but we've overcome all of them and we are here today", Kim said.

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Pushed about whether USA troop numbers would be on the agenda in Singapore, Mattis replied, "I don't believe it is".

On Sunday, Kudlow said on CNN's State of the Union that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "really kind of stabbed us in the back" after criticising USA tariffs on imported steel and aluminum and Trump's positions on trade in a news conference following the summit. And while it may be that Trump could never have entered the summit with North Korea in a position of real strength, he certainly isn't doing that now. Trump's early exit will be his second from a summit in just a few days. "And that it's Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un makes it feel like we've gone through the looking-glass".

Alluding to the North's concerns that giving up its nuclear weapons could surrender its primary deterrent to forced regime change, Pompeo told reporters that the US was prepared to take action to provide North Korea with "sufficient certainty" that denuclearization "is not something that ends badly for them".

It was a striking about-face from less than a year ago, when Trump was threatening "fire and fury" against Kim, who in turn scorned the American president as a "mentally deranged US dotard".

Lee added that while the government has been "cost conscious" in its approach to spending for the summit it has also worked to ensure that all operational requirements for the meeting - especially in terms of security - have been met.

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