North Korea delegation enjoys fruits of Singapore's capitalism

Singapore summit: Kim's running bodyguards back in action

Singapore summit: Kim's running bodyguards back in action

"People call it a historic summit but.it is important to understand that this summit was available to any USA president who wanted to do it and the point is no US president wanted to do this, and for good reasons", said Christopher Hill, a former lead US nuclear negotiator with North Korea.

The US side however reportedly believes that an immediate tangible outcome is unlikely following the meet.

For the leader of isolated North Korea and his delegation of dozens of officials, state media workers and security staff, the rare foreign trip is an opportunity to build diplomatic bridges and to explore the capitalist successes in Singapore, one of the world's wealthiest city-states.

Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said it was imperative that Trump bring up rights issues with Kim.

Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore hours apart Sunday.

"Excitement is in the air", the president posted on Twitter after landing in Singapore on Sunday night and ahead of his meeting with Prime Minister Lee on Monday.

Not a personal insult, but one of the most intimidating of Trump's threats came in August after United States media reported Pyongyang had successfully miniaturised a nuclear warhead to fit into a missile.

A map showing how close President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's bases are from each other in Singapore.

"I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World", Trump wrote in a pair of tweets. Trump said. "Well, I think very quickly I'll know whether something good is going to happen".

Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire USA mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the US and the North.

Singapore summit: Kim's running bodyguards back in action

A State Department spokesperson said the US and North Korean delegations have held a second meeting in advance of the summit.

The North Korean leader then traveled to the St. Regis Hotel - where he will be staying for the duration of the visit - in his armored limousine, which arrived on a separate flight.

But as he embarked for Singapore he changed his tune, calling it a "one-time shot" and adding he will know "within the first minute" whether an agreement will be possible. Trump travelled to Singapore from Canada, where he attended a meeting with other world leaders.

Singapore will spend about 20 million dollars to host the historic summit between Trump and Kim, Prime Minister Loong revealed.

North Korea's official newspaper Rodong Sinmun proclaimed Kim's arrival in Singapore on its front page, in unusually swift coverage of his global visit.

Pyongyang indicated that it may be open to getting rid of its nuclear weapons in exchange for the USA security guarantees and other benefits, though some believe it's an unrealistic prospect as the nuclear arsenal cements Kim's grip on the country and deters all-out attacks against them.

The Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the Workers' Party, also featured his departure in a full-color two-page spread, declaring on the front page that he was leaving in a Chinese plane for a "historic summit" with the U.S. president.

That could precede a full treaty which would raise complex issues needing extensive negotiation, and would need to involve China, which backed the North during the conflict and is a signatory to the armistice.

This picture taken on June 8, 2018 shows Cho Sung-kwon, a 62-year-old South Korean pensioner - who is hopeful about the Trump-Kim summit, during a street interview with AFP in Seoul.

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get United States troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.


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