DPRK leader Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore for summit: foreign ministry

Hannah Rogers
June 11, 2018

Reuters reports that Monday's talks are aimed at making final progress ahead of the Kim-Trump summit, .as the earlier meetings did little to narrow the gap between the two sides on the definition of Pyongyang's denuclearization.

Even so, the summit continues to be a highly sensitive topic in North Korea and it is hard - even more so than usual - to get people to express their opinions about it.

Trump and Kim plan to meet in Singapore on Tuesday.

Later, Kim met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Lee's office in the sprawling palace known as the Istana.

The North Korean leader reportedly arrived at Changi Airport in Singapore Sunday afternoon, where he was met by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan.

Trump, speaking in Canada on Saturday, said any agreement at the summit would be "spur of the moment", underscoring the uncertain outcome of what he called a "mission of peace".

The American president tweeted Monday morning: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!" The two men are set to meet for a historic summit on Tuesday where they will focus on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for the easing of both economic and diplomatic sanctions. New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, who was on the same show, said, "I love my friend Lindsey Graham, but I think we need a chance at peace".

Ahead of his much-anticipated meeting with Kim, the US President sounded optimistic and said the meeting would be a "one-time shot" at peace.

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Apart from breaking a year-long deadlock on nuclear negotiations, Pyongyang also eyes an overall improvement of the US-North Korea bilateral ties and "other issues of mutual concern as required by the changed era", KCNA reported, adding that the delegations will share "wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-US relations". And yet denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, how to define it, what verification might look like, over what timescale it should unfold, in return for what level of United States economic aid and security guarantees and the lifting of what sanctions - and, and, and - is pretty head-scratching, complex stuff.

After shaking hands with Singapore's foreign minister, Kim sped through the streets in a limousine, two large North Korean flags fluttering on the hood, surrounded by other black vehicles with tinted windows and bound for the luxurious and closely guarded St. Regis Hotel.

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.

As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore yesterday, his lookalike was already taking photos with fans.

Hong Kong-based impersonator Howard X, who has attracted worldwide attention in recent months for his impression of Kim, appeared on stage with Trump lookalike Dennis Alan.

North Korean soldiers keep watch toward the south in the village of Panmunjom, South Korea, on April 17. North Korea saw that as a threat - Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi was ultimately overthrown and killed after doing a deal with the U.S.

The North invaded the South in 1950 and the ensuing war pitted US-led United Nations troops backing Seoul against Pyongyang's forces which were aided by China.

Mr. Trump made the remarks after meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss the June 12 summit.

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