President Donald Trump will leave his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier than expected according to the White House, because talks regarding nuclear weapons are going better than anticipated.
He also spoke of how happy he was that Trump had agreed to meeting with Kim, which no US president has done before.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing, June 11, 2018 in Singapore one day before President Donald Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It came after the two leaders had spent months trading insults and threatening to wage war against each other, but this tough attitude appears to have paved the way for both sides to the negotiating table.
Trump said the process of denuclearisation would happen " very, very quickly", adding that he had formed a "special bond" with Kim and the relationship with North Korea would be very different.
It is the first time a sitting United States president has ever met a North Korean leader.
White House officials have said that Rodman would play no official role in the diplomatic negotiations.
Trump and Kim arrived not long ago on Singapore's Sentosa Island, the site of their unprecedented summit.
Several hours later, camera crews captured Kim and his entourage entering another luxury hotel on the island: the Marina Bay Sands - a 55-floor hotel and entertainment mecca with an infinity pool, lookout point, and the Ce La Vi bar and restaurant on the rooftop.More news: YEP says: Birthday honours for ordinary folk mean so much
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"I think things could work out very nicely", Trump said in a Tuesday meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Rodman's trip was sponsored by PotCoin, a cryptocurrency company that gives marijuana businesses access to banking as an alternative to many financial institutions that will not do business with cannabis companies because marijuana is illegal under US federal law.
Speaking of his one-on-one meeting with Mr Kim, President Trump said it was "very, very good" and said they had an "excellent relationship".
One the eve of the talks, American officials maintained any resulting agreement must lead to an end of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile threats.
Kim was heard telling Trump through a translator: "I think the entire world is watching this moment".
Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire USA mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the US and the North.
"I feel really great".