Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore for historic summit with Trump





Singapore - By Zubaidah Jalil, - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un landed in Singapore on Sunday ahead of his historic summit with US President Donald Trump, Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said.

"Welcomed Chairman Kim Jong Un, who has just arrived in Singapore," Balakrishnan wrote on Facebook and Twitter alongside a photo of himself and Kim shaking hands.



 
Kim landed mid-afternoon at Singapore Changi Airport on an Air China flight, Channel NewsAsia reported.
Kim, who is scheduled to meet Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong later Sunday, left the airport for the St Regis hotel, where his delegation will stay, according to the report.
Trump was due to arrive several hours later from Quebec, where he attended the G7 summit with other world leaders. 
The Trump-Kim summit, which will be held at the Capella Hotel on Tuesday, will mark the first time a North Korean leader has met with a sitting US president. The talks will focus on reaching an agreement on the denuclearization of North Korea in exchange for the easing of economic and diplomatic sanctions. 
As he departed on Saturday, Trump said he was on a "mission of peace" but also warned that the face-to-face talks were a "one-time shot."
"I feel confident Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people," Trump said, adding that "he won't have this opportunity again."
He also insisted he would know within the "first minute" whether North Korea was serious about peace, using "my touch, my feel" to figure out the situation.
There had been weeks of speculation about whether the meeting between the two leaders would actually happen, after Trump pulled out of the scheduled talks on May 24, citing Pyongyang’s "open hostility" and "tremendous anger."
After a conciliatory message from Pyongyang, Trump announced a day later that the meeting appeared to be back on track.
A flurry of diplomatic talks followed in an effort to resuscitate the summit, which involved top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol travelling to Washington to meet with Trump, and to deliver a personal letter to Trump from Kim himself.
Intense preparations for the summit have been under way since, with multiple teams sent to Singapore, South and North Korea and the US to hammer out the details. 
Uncertainty still persists on what a denuclearization deal for North Korea would look like, with Pyongyang unlikely to be as willing to relinquish its missile weapons programme on the same schedule and to the same degree that Washington expects.

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Sunday, June 10th 2018
By Zubaidah Jalil,
           


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