North Korea leader Kim arrives in Singapore ahead of Trump meeting

North Korea leader Kim arrives in Singapore ahead of Trump meeting

North Korea leader Kim arrives in Singapore ahead of Trump meeting

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump arrived in Singapore Sunday for an unprecedented summit, with Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal at the top of the agenda and the United States president calling it a "one-time shot" at peace.

At 10am, North Korean vice-minister for foreign affairs, Choi Sun-hee, strode into the Ritz Carlton with her small team.

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

When Trump and Kim meet at 9am local time on Tuesday at Sentosa, a resort island off Singapore's port, they will be making history.

The two men will be joined later by their closest aides, including US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, the official said.

Lawmakers and policymakers are closely watching this week's historic summit in Singapore between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Just meeting with Mr Trump will also give Mr Kim recognition as the leader of a "normal" country and as an equal of the United States leader.

Experts believe the North is on the brink of being able to target the entire U.S. 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 USA and the North.

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The bodyguards were glimpsed flanking Kim's Mercedes-Benz limousine as it traveled to the St. Regis Hotel in Singapore on Sunday.

Kim Yong Chol, who has taken the lead in planning for the summit, including meetings in NY with Pompeo and at the White House with Trump, was among those in Kim's arrival party.

In a New Year's address, Kim said his country had completed development of its nuclear programme and would focus on economic development, suggesting a meeting with South Korea.

Kim arrived at Singapore's Changi Airport after his longest trip overseas as head of state wearing his trademark dark Maoist suit and distinctive high cut hairstyle.

North Korean state media has confirmed that the leaders of North Korea and the USA will focus on ensuring permanent peace and a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula in Singapore.

Security was also tight outside the Shangri La Hotel, where Trump is expected to stay.

"There may be an expectation for President Trump to make small, respectful bow towards Kim Jong-Un". "It's a one-time shot and I think it's going to work out very well".

"They're a much different country over the last three months".

Mr Trump could also consider opening an American embassy in Pyongyang, the report said.

Although Mr. Trump has chosen largely to ignore the human rights abuses in North Korea, there is still enormous hostility in Washington toward what remains a Communist dictatorship.

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