Rodman arrives in Singapore ahead of summit

Rodman arrives in Singapore ahead of summit

"Past practices and prejudices were obstacles on our way forward, but we overcame all of them and are here today", Kim said.

That decision has raised concerns about the risk of holding such a monumental meeting with barely anyone to bear witness.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are sharing a historic handshake as they meet for the first time.

However, it now appears that the U.S.is confident tings are going smoothly.

In this photo released by the Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, arrives at the Changi International Airport, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Singapore ahead of a summit with US President Donald Trump. On Monday, she met senior US diplomat Sung Kim at the Ritz-Carlton hotel to make final preparations for the summit. It's aimed at settling a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

The PBS NewsHour's Nick Schifrin tells managing editor and anchor Judy Woodruff the latest from Singapore.

Last week, Rodman said he would "give whatever support is needed" to his "friends" Trump and Kim.

After taking their seats in a room where they will hold their first meeting of the day, the president briefly engaged in a question from a reporter who asked him how he was feeling.

From there, according to the White House, the meeting will expand to include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Many experts on North Korea, one of the most insular and unpredictable countries in the world, remain skeptical Kim will ever completely abandon nuclear weapons.

Mr Kim and Mr Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday for what will be the first-ever summit, set to held on Tuesday (June 12), between a leader of North Korea and a sitting United States president.

In the past two months, he has met twice with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and twice with China's leader Xi Jinping. The two leaders are expected to meet at 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday, or 9 p.m. Monday ET.

Kim smiled as he heard the translator interpret the president's remarks, before weighing in with a brief statement of his own.

Kim's black armored limousine with two large North Korean flags was surrounded Tuesday by police vehicles, their lights flashing, and other black cars.

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, global condemnation and widespread suffering among its people. Trump and Kim sat across from each other near the center of a long table.

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