N. Korean Leader Meets Singapore's Prime Minister

Kim Trump Arrive in Singapore for Historic Summit

Kim Jong-un will discuss a "permanent. peace-keeping mechanism" with US President Donald Trump when they meet on Tuesday, North Korea says.

The official media has reported that the two leaders plan to meet, but has offered few specifics, including where and when.

Even after touching down in Singapore, it was clear that the trade disputes with United States allies in Quebec continued to rankle Trump.

Kim is set to meet Tuesday with Trump in what's shaping up to be one of the most unusual summits in modern history.

Trump arrived five hours later. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she found Trump's tweet disavowing the G-7 statement "a little depressing".

Final preparations are underway in Singapore for Tuesday's historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim smiled broadly in the meeting Sunday evening. The longtime pariah on the global stage basked in the kind of attention - and acceptance - that his family has sought for three generations.

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.

Although gaps remain over what denuclearisation would entail, Trump sounded a positive note in a lunch meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

"Maybe we'll start with the White House, what do you think?" he said when asked if Kim would be invited to Washington or his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Since January, the DPRK and South Korea have been advancing in the normalization of their ties with frequent meetings of officials and among their top leaders, who have reached a favorable consensus for bilateral reconciliation.

The summit capped a dizzying few days of foreign policy activity for Trump, who shocked US allies over the weekend by using a meeting in Canada of the Group of Seven industrialized economies to alienate America's closest friends in the West. Lashing out over trade practices, Trump lobbed insults at his G-7 host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "Kim must not see American weakness". The leaders also offered lofty promises, with the American president pledged to handle a "very unsafe problem" and Kim forecasting "major change for the world".

Singapore, famed for its litter-free streets, lush gardens and strict regulations, raced to spruce up. "Therefore, when the two sides asked us to host the meeting, we can not say no".

About 2,500 journalists have registered, the largest contingent ever hosted in Singapore, according to the Singapore Straits Times. Kim's meeting with Trump comes after Kim's recent meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (jah-YIHN').

That could precede a full treaty which would raise complex issues needing extensive negotiation, and would need to involve China, which backed the North during the conflict and is a signatory to the armistice.

The Kim government, which rules by repression and has jailed hundreds of thousands of its citizens, is intensely worried about assassination and coup attempts, making Kim especially anxious when he leaves his rigidly controlled nation.

Trump and Kim landed in a city teeming with media and onlookers of all stripes, from foreign policy analysts like Kelly and Enos to former basketball star Dennis Rodman, who claims to be a friend of the two leaders.

Previous agreements with the North have subsequently collapsed and experts warn Kim is highly unlikely to give up the "treasured sword" of his nuclear deterrent.



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