Human rights is a back-burner issue at Trump-Kim summit

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He sat courtside with Kim during the game and the two hit it off so well that the former National Basketball Association star has regularly visited Pyongyang since.

Professor Hajek added Trump showed his experience in front of the TV cameras during the initial meeting.

North Korea said Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump will discuss "denuclearization" and "durable peace" on the Korean peninsula during their upcoming summit. "I'm so happy", he said.

The AP reported that the White House kept text reporters for the outlet and other newswires Reuters and Bloomberg, in addition to representatives for radio and foreign press corps, from witnessing the photo-op between Trump and Kim ahead of their meeting. "This is not about Dennis Rodman being the greatest person in the world, bringing the countries together", said Rodman, whose trip to Singapore is being funded by Potcoin, a Marijuana cryptocurrency.

He added that he suspected he "somewhat had something to do with this North Korean situation".

"Everything else should be in Donald Trump's hands and people in the White House's hands".

Pompeo also said that Trump had called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean president Moon Jae-in. "I was sitting up protecting everything", said Rodman.

Hosting the Trump-Kim summit will give Singapore publicity and says something about the country's standing in the worldwide community, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Sunday (Jun 10).

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"We don't need a miracle". Really very positive, I think better than anybody could've expected.

"It's a great day ..."

The former Chicago Bulls star said he tried talking to former US President Barack Obama. "But we overcame all of them, and we are here today", Kim said during the meeting through an interpreter.

White House officials have said that Rodman would play no official role in the diplomatic negotiations.

There was no word on how Trump was spending the night before the summit. No one to see me.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said Mr Trump had also accepted President Halimah Yacob's invitation to make a state visit to Singapore in November to attend the 6th Asean-US Summit and 13th East Asia Summit.

Rodman's trip was sponsored by PotCoin, a cryptocurrency company that gives marijuana businesses access to alternative banking because marijuana is illegal under U.S. federal law. North Korea's supreme leader seeks a formal end to that war, which has frozen the Korean peninsula in a state of conflict throughout the modern era and has kept almost 29,000 USA troops indefinitely stationed in the south, as well as an injection of foreign direct investment. This has included backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation. "Glad I fired him on Apprentice!"

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