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Donald Trump confident of 'terrific relationship' with Kim Jong Un
12 June 2018, 04:43 | Kelvin Horton
China praised US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for"creating a new history
"He thanks you a lot.' And that means a lot", Rodman said. I think without Otto, this would not have happened. "It was discussed at length outside of the nuclear situation".
Asked if he would meet Kim in Singapore, he said he thought the North Korean leader had "bigger things to worry about", but added that every time he'd met with Kim, it had been a surprise. The North Korean leader's sister and close confidante Kim Yo Jong was among the lunch party.
From there, the two will engage in more talks with advisers joining them through a working lunch.
Hopes for peace on the long-divided Korean Peninsula, however, remain tempered by the many failed attempts in the past.
Only hours before the White House announcement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had seemed to lower expectations for the meeting, which Trump had earlier predicted could potentially yield an on-the-spot deal to end the Korean War.
It's the first ever meeting between a sitting US president and North Korean leader.
Singapore is reportedly footing the bill for the summit-which will run close to $20 million-and will pay for North Korea's travel expenses.
Mr Trump said he felt "really great" about the meeting. "The other alternative is not a good alternative".
The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the call.
While Donald Trump said that the denuclearisation process of North Korea is expected to start "very quickly", Kim Jong added, "world will see a major change". "We never knew much about the North Korean regime and it's hard to distinguish what's true and what's false".
He also broke down in tears live on television as he spoke about the hostility he faced for previously meeting Mr Kim, who he struck up a friendship with over their love of basketball.
Meeting with staged ceremony on a Singapore island, Trump and Kim came together for a summit that seemed just unthinkable months ago, clasping hands in front of a row of alternating US and North Korean flags, holding a one-on-one meeting, additional talks with advisers and a working lunch.
"People are going to be very impressed and people are going to be very happy and we are going to take care of a very risky problem for the world", stated Reuters quoting US President Trump.