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NKorean leader Kim arrives in Singapore for historic summit with Trump

NKorean leader Kim arrives in Singapore for historic summit with Trump

US President Donald Trump has arrived in Singapore for Tuesday's historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

The two leaders are staying in separate hotels, not far from each other.

There are also signs that South Korea, China and Russian Federation are preparing to increase economic ties with North Korea, should a nuclear deal be reached. One dispatch by the Korean Central News Agency said North Korea and the us would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on establishing new relations, building a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism", achieving denuclearization and "other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era".

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get USA troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.

In an update on traffic arrangements, the Singapore Police Force said there will be temporary road closures in the vicinity of Anderson Road towards Orchard Road and that motorists can expect delays.

This will be the first summit of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting US president.

But, barring a shock last minute development, the historic meeting between the USA and North Korean leaders will go ahead.

Denuclearization of North Korea is the headline topic at Tuesday's summit between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, but for North Korean officials travelling to Singapore, their top priority is much narrower: protecting their leader.

"I don't think I have to prepare very much".

Julie Giguere, MD of worldwide interpretation and translation specialists Asian Absolute, said making a good first impression will be key and Mr Trump would need to mind his manners.

PM Lee will have a bilateral meeting with Mr Kim, who is Chairman of North Korea's State Affairs Commission, on Sunday. "It's North Korea", said one Western tourist with a shrug.

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The role would be as a "guarantor", Chinese analysts say, not just of progress on the denuclearisation Washington is seeking, but also to ensure what Kim wants most: the safety of his regime.

Several of the reporters who accompanied Kim to Singapore had also been to the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas in April for the inter-Korean summit.

Kim held a meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of the planned summit.

Kim arrived at Singapore's Changi Airport after his longest trip overseas as head of state, wearing his trademark dark "Mao suit" and distinctive high-cut hairstyle. "They have no way to obtain information about what South Korea or the United States look like".

Part of the interest in Tuesday's summit is simply because Kim has had limited appearances on the world stage. She emerged as an influential figure in Pyongyang's opaque leadership in February, when she led a North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

May 9: Pompeo, now US secretary of state, makes another visit to Pyongyang to prepare for the planned Trump-Kim summit.

Kim, the 39-year-old founder of People for Successful Corean Reunification (PSCORE), escaped North Korea when he was 19 years old. He called for North Korea to follow a "Libya model" in negotiations. China has repeatedly said that the root of the nuclear crisis needs to be dealt with by Pyongyang and Washington and that a summit between the two sides could be a "key step" to resolving the situation.

Trump hopes the landmark talks will kick-start a process that eventually see Kim give up his nuclear weapons in an irreversible manner that can be verified internationally.

Kim's chief of staff was spotted in Beijing last week after wrapping up talks with USA officials in Singapore which had included security discussions.

"The fact that we have been chosen as the site of the meeting - we did not ask for it, but we were asked and we agreed - says something about Singapore's relations with the parties, with America, with North Korea, also our standing in the worldwide community".


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