Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump and Kim arrive in Singapore ahead of historic summit World News

Trump and Kim arrive in Singapore ahead of historic summit World News

During the media interview, Mr Lee said that Singapore had committed a lot of resources to the summit's logistics and security because of the profile of the meeting and the nature of what is being discussed.

The summit will be the first meeting between Trump and Kim and mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.

He was greeted by Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan as he stepped off his plane.

After cutting short his participation over the icy reception, Trump veered within hours from espousing a great relationship with the US allies to tweeting that his host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, had been "Very dishonest & weak" in post-summit remarks. The bodyguards formed a human shield around Kim's black Mercedes limousine at the Demilitarized Zone before it drove into North Korean territory. The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Travelling with him were top officials including foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, defence minister No Kwang Chol and Kim Yong Chol, a close aide who has been instrumental in the diplomacy that culminated in Tuesday's summit.

Conservative groups have also held demonstrations, urging the USA not to compromise with the repressive Kim government that has broken previous denuclearization promises.

Just meeting with Mr Trump will also give Mr Kim recognition as the leader of a "normal" country and as an equal of the U.S. leader.

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.

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

But after a cooling of the rhetoric, both sides began forging tentative contacts that eventually saw Mike Pompeo - the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency who is now secretary of state - meet Kim in Pyongyang.

Formally ending the Korean War - 65 years after hostilities ceased with the signing of an armistice - will also be on the table at the first-ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting American president.

The North Korean autocrat's every move will be followed by 3,000 journalists who have converged on Singapore, and by gawkers around the world, up until he shakes hands with Trump on Tuesday.

"Prime Minister Lee complimented the bold and admirable decision by Chairman Kim and President of the United States Donald Trump to come together for this Summit".

After North Korea carried out a series of long-range missile tests that potentially put the United States mainland in range of a nuclear strike, Trump promised to respond with "fire and fury".

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.

About the personal letter delivered to Mr. Trump from Mr. Kim last week, he said, "The letter was just a greeting".

On May 10, Trump announced he would hold a summit with Kim in Singapore and has since indicated he would try to reach an agreement to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War.

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