North Korean leader Kim, Trump both arrive in Singapore ahead of summit

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in Singapore for historic summit

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in Singapore for historic summit

From Pyongyang, the North's official media Monday carried comparatively detailed reports on leader Kim Jong-un's visit to Singapore, including his arrival date and plan to hold his first meeting with Trump on Tuesday.

Donald Trump has sat down for lunch with his Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

All his running bodyguards were decked up in black suits and blue ties.

When Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday for perhaps the most significant nuclear talks since the Cold War, the American president will have his link to the USA nuclear arsenal nearby at all times.

The US president and North Korean leader are staying in separate hotels, not far from each other, and will meet on Tuesday at a hotel on Sentosa, a popular tourist island a few hundred metres off the main island of Singapore.

"I'm unconcerned about our capacity to continue to do what we need to do".

He said complete denuclearization is the only acceptable outcome from Tuesday's meeting between the two leaders.

Larry Kudlow, Trump's economic adviser, said Sunday on CNN that Trudeau's criticism had damaged Trump's prestige before the summit - and that's why Trump reacted so strongly.

One benefit of Singapore from the North Korean point of view is that there will probably not be any anti-North Korea protests during Kim's stay.

Many experts on North Korea, one of the most insular and unpredictable countries in the world, remain sceptical Kim will ever completely abandon its cherished nuclear weapons.

But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearization.


There's just no recent precedent for the gamble Kim Jong Un is taking.

While Singapore has authoritarian leanings, it is still a thriving bastion of capitalism and wealth, and Kim will be performing his high-stakes diplomatic tight-rope walk in front of 3,000 global journalists, including a huge contingent from the ultra-aggressive South Korean press - sometimes referred to by Pyongyang as "reptile media" - two of whom were arrested by Singapore police investigating a report of trespassing at the residence of the North Korean ambassador. He was received by Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sung Kim, the United States ambassador to the Philippines who has taken the lead on policy negotiations with the North, will hold a "working group" with a North Korean delegation to discuss final preparations for the meeting.

The two leaders have had an extraordinary up-and-down relationship over the past 18 months.

The summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will be among the most improbable diplomatic encounters in history, featuring principals who could not be more different - but who also share some surprising similarities.

Trump hopes the landmark talks will kick-start a process that eventually see Kim give up his nuclear weapons in an irreversible manner that can be verified internationally.

Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore hours apart Sunday.

"I think that was a very shrewd move on Kim Jong Un's part", Terry said. Lee has said the summit would cost Singapore about 20 million Singapore dollars ($15 million), more than half of which would go on security.

In the lead up to the summit, North Korea rejected any unilateral nuclear disarmament, and KCNA's reference to denuclearisation of the peninsula has historically meant that Pyongyang wants the United States to remove its "nuclear umbrella" protecting South Korea and Japan.

Mr Trump's first year in office was marked by bitter exchanges between himself and Mr Kim - as North Korea conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of the global community.

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