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Watching coverage of the Trump-Kim summit

13 Juin 2018

Openly wiping away tears from beneath a large pair of black sunglasses, Rodman, who arrived in Singapore overnight, appeared overcome with emotion during an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo Tuesday, as Kim and Trump prepared to sit down for talks in the Asian city-state.

During an interview with the Associated Press, Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he has resigned from an advisory panel trying to tackle the massive Rohingya refugee crisis, January 24, 2018, in Yangon, Myanmar. Of course, none of these interpretations are mutually exclusive.

Mr Trump made the announcement after historic talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore - the first such talks between the two countries.

President Donald Trump sold his nuclear agreement with North Korea on Tuesday as different from - and better than - any that's gone before.

The four-minute tape, which Trump said was shown in both English and Korean and was made from the perspective of the United States, was released by the White House and it is a Hollywood-style movie trailer produced by a fake production company, "The Destiny Pictures Productions".

Meeting with staged ceremony on a Singapore island, Trump and Kim signed a joint statement Tuesday agreeing to work toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, although the timeline and tactics were left unclear.

This language certainly covers the underlying issues encompassed in North Korea's definition of hostile United States policy, but the lack of detail and the mirroring of past commitments is concerning. "Trump's words that the process of denuclearization on the Korean peninsula will begin "very very soon" is more of a wish than fact".

The cancellation is seen as a significant concession to North Korea.

5am: Journalists had to go through three layers of checks in order to get a foot in the door into Capella - security checks by Singapore, checks by North Korea, checks by the US.

North Korea also serves as a valuable buffer state between China and USA forces in South Korea.

China wants to take advantage of the North Korean labour, which will be among the cheapest in the world.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the son of North Korean refugees, has staked his presidency on bringing peace to the Peninsula. Trump also may have endangered USA allies in the region, since any attempt by US officials to correct the course he's set could provide North Korea with a convenient excuse to withdraw from the negotiation process ― and blame the US for the diplomatic collapse.

After the signing, Trump said he expected to "meet many times" in the future with Kim and, in response to questions, said he "absolutely" would invite Kim to the White House. They also demonstrate the continued commitment of the defending South Korea, which contributes to effective deterrence in the region.

The video juxtaposes images of famous world landmarks, prosperous cities and happy people with austere, black-and-white shots of North Koreans at war.

Trump acknowledged to Stephanopoulos that the path ahead remained foggy.

Jenny Town is a research analyst at the Stimson Center and the managing editor of 38 North.

Watching coverage of the Trump-Kim summit