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'Friend for life' Dennis Rodman arrives for Trump-Kim summit

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Dennis Rodman has arrived in Singapore for the summit, after forming an unlikely friendship with Kim Jong-un.

ormer US basketball star Dennis Rodman flew into Singapore late Monday ahead of the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un, playing down expectations of an immediate breakthrough at the historic meeting.

Mr Rodman, who has struck up an unlikely friendship with the basketball-loving North Korean leader, arrived in the city-state some nine hours before Trump meets with Kim in a bid to negotiate an end to a decades-old nuclear stand-off.

Dennis Rodman arriving in Singapore
Dennis Rodman arriving in Singapore
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He said he expected the Trump-Kim summit to "go fairly well" but added, "people should not expect too much for the first time".

"I'm just happy to be a part of it," he told reporters at Changi Airport.

"I think that I brought awareness to a lot of things around the world and I think North Korea has given a lot of people the opportunity to do this conference now and I hope it's a success.

"Who knew this would have happened five to six years ago... It's exciting to be a part of it."

Rodman, sporting a black t-shirt advertising a cryptocurrency he is involved with, said he was unsure whether he would get to meet with Kim - a man he has previously described as a "friend for life".

"Every time I see him it's always a surprise. So maybe tomorrow it's the same thing. Maybe it's a surprise I'll see him tomorrow before he leaves," he said.

Rodman has made five trips to Pyongyang since Kim took power.

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