NBA star turned Kim Jong Un soulmate Dennis Rodman will be in Singapore during President Trump’s summit with the North Korean dictator next week, The Post has learned.
“The Worm” will arrive in the country a day before the June 12 sitdown — and sources said he could even play some sort of role in the negotiations.
“No matter what you might think about his presence. One thing’s for sure the ratings will be huge,” a source said. “A lot of times in situations that involve complex diplomacy countries like to identify ambassadors of goodwill and whether you agree with it or not Dennis Rodman fits the bill.”
Trump continues to pursue a summit with Kim Jong Un even though the CIA casts doubt on his stated goal for the meeting, eliminating North Korea’s nukes.
- An impersonator of Kim Jong Un was spotted in Singapore over the weekend.
- The man, who goes by the name Howard X, said he was in Singapore to wish for a successful summit between the actual Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.
- It’s not yet clear if the summit will actually take place. Trump announced last week he had pulled out of the event, but then suggested it may still happen.
A US delegation traveled to North Korea on Sunday for preparatory talks ahead of a potential meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, three senior US officials with knowledge of the situation tell CNN.The group included US Ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim, and is a clear sign the summit is back on track.The Washington Post previously reported on the team entering into North Korea.
Kim is apparently concerned that the trip to Singapore may leave his government vulnerable to a military coup or that other hostile actors might try to depose him, sources told The Post. The Kim dynasty has ruled North Korea since the country’s inception following the armistice in 1953.
Rumors of a simmering military revolt in North Korea are precisely the kind of thing that emboldened Kim to keep a tight grip on power over the years, according to some experts.
Pyongyang attacks US “provocation” and says it will not be forced to give up its nuclear weapons.
Mr Kim’s statement, carried by state media, said that if the US “corners us and unilaterally demands we give up nuclear weapons we will no longer have an interest in talks” and “will have to reconsider” attending the 12 June summit in Singapore.
He said North Korea did have “high hopes” but that it was “very unfortunate that the US is provoking us ahead of the summit by spitting out ludicrous statements”.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also says the goal of talks with North Korea is complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He says he had “good” and “substantive” conversations with leader Kim Jong Un during his visit.
Contrasting the wealth of South Korea to the poverty and deprivation of the North, Pompeo said the Trump administration is willing to provide assistance to North Korea if Kim meets U.S. demands to forfeit its nuclear weapons.