NK leader arrives in Singapore for historic summit with Trump

Thursday, 14 Jun, 2018

Senior South Korean officials, including Second Deputy Chief of the Presidential National Security Office Nam Gwan-pyo, are also staying in Shangri-La Hotel - U.S. President Donald Trump's temporary residence ahead of tomorrow's summit.

"It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before".

Finally, on Monday morning, the Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, reported Kim was in Singapore, had met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and would meet Trump on Tuesday.

"I'll be on a mission of peace, and we will carry in, really-in my heart, we're going to be carrying the hearts of millions of people, people from all over the world", Trump said in an impromptu press briefing before leaving the G7 in Canada.

Mr Kim inspecting the honour guard in Pyongyang before departing for Singapore on June 10, 2018.

Occasional provocations by the North have continued while Pyongyang has made increasing advances in its nuclear arsenal, which it says it needs to defend against the risk of a USA invasion.

He said he did not discuss a possible meeting venue with Trump but "many" countries including Austria were keen to help in organising such a summit.

It also offered a list of Pyongyang's talking points, saying Kim and Trump will exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on establishing a new relationship, the issue of building a "permanent and durable peace mechanism" and realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. We are where we are because Mr Trump has taken a sword and sliced his way through conventional diplomatic behaviour.

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Just meeting with Trump will also give Kim a recognition North Korea has long sought, setting him up as global player and the leader of a country worthy of respect.

Pompeo said the administration will look for a deal backed by Congress to ensure permanency-Kim Jong Un would be assured that Trump's successor could not easily scrap a deal without approval from lawmakers.

Mr Kim was driven to the city centre on Sunday in a stretch Mercedes-Benz limousine accompanied by a convoy of more than 20 vehicles.

The Chinese plane that carried Kim landed at Changi Airport Sunday afternoon amid tight security, as Kim is set to hold a high-stakes meeting with Trump in the city-state on Tuesday.

Since Kim made a decision to reach out through diplomatic means to the South in January of this year, he has signaled that he is prepared to accept certain aspects of the US-South Korea military alliance.

When Trump and Kim meet on Tuesday at Sentosa, a resort island off Singapore's port with a Universal Studios theme park and man-made beaches, they will be making history.

Accompanying him was Kim Yong Chol, who earlier this month met with President Trump to hand deliver a letter from Kim.