Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump arrives in Singapore for historic summit with Kim Jong Un

Trump arrives in Singapore for historic summit with Kim Jong Un

"Trump, who prides himself on his deal-making prowess, said he thinks he will know 'within the first minute" of meeting Kim whether the North Korean leader is serious about the nuclear negotiations.

North Korea had also threatened to strike Guam, an American territory in the Pacific Ocean.

USA and North Korean officials are set to meet Monday morning in Singapore to make final preparations for Tuesday's meeting. Trump arrived later in the day from a fraught G7 meeting with world leaders in Canada.

Kim Jong Un, right, arrives in Singapore for North Korea's summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

"The US efforts to impose its policies on others are expanding as a threat to all", Rouhani told the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a regional security grouping led by China and Russian Federation where Iran has observer status.

Word does get around, however, and the prospect of a meeting between Kim and Trump had already been on the public's radar.

South Korea's Hankook Ilbo reported that Singapore recommended the St Regis, which hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping during his 2015 summit with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, because it can be easily secured. While Kim and his delegation are now staying at the St. Regis Hotel amid heavy security.

The leaders will meet on Tuesday on the resort island of Sentosa and talks are expected to centre on ending the North's nuclear weapons and missile programmes in return for diplomatic and economic incentives.

"I'm glad to say that as of now, it's all systems go".

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Ahead of his much-anticipated meeting with Kim, the US President sounded optimistic and said the meeting would be a "one-time shot" at peace. While foreign policy isn't usually a major aspect of congressional elections, it is unclear if Trump's focus on getting tough with trade partners and solving the Korean Peninsula issue will have some influence on voters in the mid-term polls in November.

Sources told CNN that USA officials have established a contingency plan for a potential second day of discussions between Trump and Kim depending on the direction of their planned meeting on June 12.

'The entire world is watching the historic summit between (North Korea) and the United States of America, and thanks to your honest efforts. we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit, ' Kim told Lee through an interpreter.

For the North, Kim Jong Un has already won a huge propaganda bonus by merely having the summit and sitting down as an equal with the US president, an accomplishment his father and grandfather sought but could never realize.

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

With few sources of information other than the state-run media, gossip and word of mouth, North Koreans had been left largely in the dark about the momentous - and potentially life-changing - events about to take place outside of their isolated nation.

"We suspect it'll be more of a pronouncement in which the two countries express interest in that direction, and then the details will get bogged down", Sen.

North Korea's Kim landed Singapore's Changi Airport earlier on Sunday, in his longest trip overseas as head of state.

The fighting ended on July 27, 1953, but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the USA -led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting.

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