Kim, Trump arrive in Singapore for landmark summit


The hotel where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is staying for the first ever meeting between an American president and a North Korean leader.

But in the lead up to the historic summit, several analysts have pointed out that the Trump administration doesn't have a clear plan for how it will approach the discussions, and that both sides of the negotiating table have very different ideas about what "denuclearization" means.

In a tweet on Monday, he said: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!" Trump on Monday forecast a "nice" outcome, while Kim spent the day out of view. "And he has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again", Trump said.

The jet carrying Kim landed at the airport Sunday afternoon amid huge security precautions on this city-state island. But on the eve of the summit, he altered his schedule, opting to return at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday after a full day of meetings with Kim - nearly 15 hours earlier than previously anticipated.

Kim remained ensconced in the heavily guarded St Regis Hotel, where he is staying.

"Prime Minister Lee and Chairman Kim discussed Singapore-DPRK relations, developments in the DPRK and regional developments, including the recent positive developments on the Korean Peninsula", the statement reads.

Kim told Lee: "The entire world is watching the historic summit between the DPRK and the United States of America, and thanks to your honest efforts. we were able to complete the preparation for the historic summit".

Late on Monday. Trump phoned Moon from Singapore.

Last year it carried out by far its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland, sending tensions soaring to a level unseen in years as a newly-elected Trump traded threats of war and colorful personal insults with Kim, with Trump dubbed a "dotard" and Kim "Little Rocket Man".

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U.S. President Donald Trump waves upon his arrival at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore, before his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, June 10, 2018.

The president is set to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore. He was received by Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

Arriving at the Prime Minister's office after 1900 local time, Kim shook hands with Lee and his staff then sat down to begin talks in front of the cameras before the press was ushered out a few minutes later.

"The underlying driver is a transformational process of Kim Jong-un leading North Korea into a new place in the region and the world", said John Delury, a professor of Chinese studies at Yonsei University in Seoul.

It's Kim's pursuit of nuclear weapons that gives his meeting with Trump such high stakes.

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.

Bolton and Pompeo replaced two officials - H.R. McMaster, the former national security adviser, and Rex Tillerson, the former national security adviser and former secretary of state - for whom the president had little patience and whose counsel he routinely disregarded, and they have worked to impress on Trump the likelihood that negotiations with the North Koreans are likely to last months, if not years, and may end in disappointment.

It's not just the logistics of Kim's trip that are unclear. North Korea has said it's willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the United States provides it with a reliable security assurance and other benefits. Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea's reluctance to open its doors to outsiders. The remark indicates considerable expectations in North Korea for a successful summit, while some skeptics do not rule out the possibility that the North may eventually label any summit results a success.

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