When President Donald Trump meets with North Korean dictator Kim Jon-Un next week in Singapore, former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman will be on hand, according to a report from the New York Post.
Trump's meeting with Kim was tentatively scheduled for 9:00 a.m. local time (0100 GMT) on June 12.
Speaking to reporters at an Oval Office event on Tuesday, U.S. President Trump said that plans for what will be the first meeting between a serving U.S. president and a North Korean leader, are well on track.
After meeting Kim Yong Chol, Trump said that the United States was "not going to spend" and that neighbouring countries - South Korea, Japan and China - should be ready to shoulder the costs.
While in Washington, Abe will also likely press Trump to remove Japan from US steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as express his opposition to threats of sharply higher USA tariffs on imported automobiles.
Given the possibility that South Korean Prime Minister Moon Jae-in may also be in Singapore, Trump and Kim may discuss the possibility of a peace treaty between North and South Korea that would formally the end the war from the early 1950s.
The letter, handwritten by Kim Jong-un in Korean, expressed the dictator's desire for the summit.
The sum would be negotiated if North Korea accepted the offer, he said.More news: E3 2018: Just Cause 4 Shown Off In Detail By Square Enix
"The advance team in Singapore is finalising preparations and will remain in place until the summit begins", said Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announcing the timing of the meeting.
-North Korea summit next week.
His mentioning of a process several times could mean that he could accept phased denuclearisation as insisted on by the North Korean leader.
Army general Kim Su Gil's replacement of Kim Jong Gak as director of the KPA's general political bureau was previously referenced in North Korean state media, and confirmed Monday by South Korea's Unification Ministry, which deals with North Korean affairs.
Trump said in March that the two leaders would meet soon, but since then already poor ties between Washington and Moscow have deteriorated further over the conflict in Syria and the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. "We feel like things are continuing to move forward, and good progress has been made".
"They're very powerful, and we would not take those sanctions off unless North Korea denuclearises", she said.
"A lot of relationships being built, a lot of negotiations going on before the trip", he said.