Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Kim lands in Singapore ahead of high-stakes Trump summit

Kim lands in Singapore ahead of high-stakes Trump summit

Police in Singapore closed roads and ratcheted up security measures as the island nation prepared to host a historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The expected key points on the agenda of the much-anticipated meeting between Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump were unveiled by KCNA, North Korea's state news agency, on Monday.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will meet Mr Trump on Monday, ahead of the summit held at 9am on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Trump left the G7 summit in Canada earlier than scheduled and arrived at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore at 8:22 p.m. local time on Air Force One.

She said the U.S. delegation would be led by Sung Kim, a veteran diplomat who recently held talks with North Korean officials.

The North Korean autocrat's every move will be followed by 3,000 journalists who have converged on Singapore up until he shakes hands with Mr Trump on Tuesday. Kim and Lee also met on Sunday.

Concerns that the summit would not take place have turned out to be baseless, however, as the primaries have arrived or are set to arrive in Singapore and everything appears to be on or ahead of schedule.

Trump thanked Lee for Singapore's hosting of the summit and expressed the US' continued commitment to engage the region.

"We've got a very interesting meeting. tomorrow, and I just think it's going to work out very nicely", Trump said.

It is not just the logistics of Mr Kim's trip that are unclear - there is a flurry of speculation about what results might come from the summit.

But it is Mr Kim's pursuit of nuclear weapons that gives his meeting with Mr Trump such high stakes.

He has also dangled the prospect of Kim Jong Un visiting Washington if the meeting goes well.

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.

It is an extraordinary turnaround from the rhetoric of a year ago, when Trump threatened the North with "fire and fury" and Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard".

A source told the South China Morning Post earlier that China could send fighter jets to escort Kim on the journey through its airspace.

A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Monday's meeting appeared aimed at making 11th-hour progress ahead of the summit since Sung Kim's earlier talks did little to narrow a gap between the two sides on the definition of denuclearisation or win agreement on tangible commitments from Pyongyang toward dismantling its nuclear arsenal.

United States presidents and vice-presidents generally never fly on the same aircraft to guarantee that one of them survives in the event of a disaster, and the move appeared created to ensure the preservation of the Kim dynasty, which has ruled the North for three generations.

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