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The Latest: Mattis Says 'All's Quiet,' Militarily, In North Korea

No indications that North Korea's military is in a heightened state of alert

June 11, 2018 - 5:35 pm
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SINGAPORE (AP) -- Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. has picked up no indications that North Korea's military is in a heightened state of alert in the run-up to the Singapore summit.

Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday that "All's quiet" in North Korea.

Mattis is declining to discuss his expectations for President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

He says he does not expect it to include a negotiation over reducing the number of U.S. troops in South Korea — currently about 28,000. He says that, at least initially, this is a matter between Washington and Seoul.

For better part of an hour, Trump and Kim will square off one on one, alone but for a pair of translators. That's raising concerns about the risk of holding such a monumental meeting with barely anyone to bear witness.

Trump and Kim will meet on Singapore's Sentosa Island for roughly 45 minutes while their entourages wait nearby.

The huddle will come before a larger meeting and a working lunch attended by top advisers to the president and their North Korean counterparts.

Word of the private meeting unleashed a torrent of criticism on social media from national security veterans who worry the lack of a transcript will create a he-said-he-said showdown that could turn into a major headache for Trump.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in Singapore hours before the leaders are set to meet.

Rodman emerged from the baggage claim area at Changi airport around midnight Monday. He told reporters he wasn't sure if he would meet Kim in Singapore.

Last week, Rodman said he would "give whatever support is needed" to his "friends" Trump and Kim.

White House officials have said Rodman will play no official role in the diplomatic negotiations. Trump said last week that Rodman had not been invited to the summit.

He is one of the few westerners to have met the North Korean leader on visits to the capital city Pyongyang.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.