Trump meets Kim Jong Un in Singapore

Dennis Rodman looks out at the court at the end of an exhibition basketball game with U.S. and North Korean players at an indoor stadium in Pyongyang North Korea

He was on his way back home from Pyongyang, where he discussed details of the summit with his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho.

Just six months after trading threats about their respective "nuclear buttons", President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet in Singapore on Tuesday morning (Monday night in the USA, which is 12 hours behind).

Trump and Kim arrived not long ago on Singapore's Sentosa Island, the site of their unprecedented summit.

The meeting is the first sit-down between a sitting USA president and North Korean leader and is meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to talk to each other alone for about 45 minutes with only their translators in the room before their advisor join them.

He's also repeatedly expressed his support for a meeting between Trump and Kim - even offering to facilitate it or serve as an ambassador of sorts.

In the run-up to the talks in Singapore, Trump had optimistically predicted the two men could strike a nuclear deal or forge a formal end to the Korean War in the course of a single meeting or over several days.

"The underlying driver is a transformational process of Kim Jong-un leading North Korea into a new place in the region and the world", said John Delury, a professor of Chinese studies at Yonsei University in Seoul. Trump descended from Air Force One into the steamy Singapore night, greeting officials and declaring he felt "very good" before being whisked away to his hotel via a route lined with police and photo-snapping onlookers.

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.

El líder norcoreano Kim Jong-un y el presidente de EEUU Donald Trump
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"I told them today, take your time".

Since the first USA atomic test in the desert of New Mexico on July 16, 1945 eight countries have conducted an estimated 2,056 nuclear test explosions, mostly in the late 1950's and early 1960's - the darkest days of the Cold War, according to data from the Arms Control Association.

Still, the sense of anticipation was great in Singapore, with people lining spotless streets holding cellphones high as Trump headed to meet Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Trump spoke only briefly in public on Monday, forecasting a "nice" outcome.

It's unclear what Trump and Kim might decide Tuesday.

He accompanied the young leader at all four of his recent summits, twice with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and twice with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Rodman said he hopes to surprise his friend Kim with his appearance during the summit.

Under Kim Jong Un, the third-generation dictator of the country established in 1948, North Korea has rapidly advanced its nuclear capabilities.

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But last month, Trump abruptly cancelled the Singapore summit, citing the "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang. Kim arrived in a Air China 747 that touched down at Changi Airport on Sunday afternoon, Singapore's Straits Times said.

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