Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Kim meets Singapore's PM ahead of historic summit

Kim meets Singapore's PM ahead of historic summit

US President Donald Trump said Monday he thinks "things can work out very nicely" with North Korea on the eve of his historic summit with Kim Jong Un.

"Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!" the president tweeted on Sunday after landing in Singapore, where U.S.

State media in North Korea on Monday (Jun 11) covered Kim Jong Un's arrival in Singapore in a news bulletin.

Trump arrived on Air Force One at Singapore's Paya Lebar Air Base at 8:21 p.m. local time, where he was greeted by Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

The mercurial U.S. leader has whipsawed on expectations for the meeting, signalling that it could be the beginning of a "process" of several meetings, only to call it a "one-time shot" for peace as he embarked for Singapore.

With gaps remaining over what denuclearisation would entail, officials from both sides were trying to push the agenda forward ahead of Tuesday's summit.

Trump and Kim are set to meet on Tuesday at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa for talks which could see North Korea dismantle its nuclear arsenal in return for economic help and security guarantees.

Mr Lee also said it was "not easy" to find a location in the world that is suitable to host such a high-level meeting.

A North Korean cameraman reacts as he is chased by media outside St Regis hotel, ahead of the summit between the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, in Singapore June 10, 2018.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced this on Sunday, adding that the June 12 summit will give Singapore global publicity and demonstrate the country's standing in the worldwide community.

"Wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-US relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of actualizing the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern" will be discussed, state-run KCNA reported early Monday. Kim Yong Chol, the North Korean leader's right-hand man, and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui were also included in the entourage.

His sister, Kim Yo-jong, who was involved in lowering the tension between North Korea and the worldwide community by attending the Winter Olympics in South Korea in January, is among the North Korean delegation staying at the St Regis.

The jet landed at the airport Sunday afternoon amid huge security precautions on the city-state island.

Washington is demanding the "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization of the North, while Pyongyang has so far only made public pledges of its commitment to the denuclearization of the peninsula - a term open to various interpretations - while seeking security assurances in return.

Trump had called Kim "Little Rocket Man" and threatened to unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" on North Korea as it conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of global warnings.

Last year, the North made one of the biggest breakthroughs in its missile and nuclear weapons programs - which it says it needs to defend against the risk of a USA invasion - when it announced that it had "completed" its state nuclear program after testing a missile capable of striking most, if not all, of the continental U.S. "The scale is bigger, the number of journalists coming is huge, even more than what we had for the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and World Bank meetings (in Singapore in 2006)", he said.

Kim smiled broadly in the meeting Sunday evening.

Despite the initial high stakes of a meeting meant to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, the talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-each-other meeting.

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