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11 June 2018, 08:35 | Marta Robbins
Trump, Kim arrive in Singapore ahead of high-stakes summit
Trump and other top US officials have promised a "bright future" for the North if it quickly relinquishes its nuclear weapons - including economic inducements and a security agreement. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.
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.
Trump has said he believes Kim is committed to denuclearization and that Kim "wants to do something great for his people".
He added in addition to using bulletproof vehicles, North Korea's security detail would likely deploy layers of protection surrounding the summit venue and try to divert attention from Kim Jong Un's auto whenever he moves.
By North Korean standards, Monday's announcement actually came a bit earlier than usual.
-North Korea summit has shelled out $20 million Singapore dollars, or about $15 million US dollars, on the historic event, according to Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
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.
Sporadic provocations by the North have continued while Pyongyang has made increasing advances in its nuclear arsenal, which it says it needs to defend against the risk of a U.S. invasion.
Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey says: "To the extent that Kim Jong Un has already gone from worldwide pariah to being normalized internationally, you have to say that he's had some success here". The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. She said the U.S. delegation would be led by Sung Kim, a veteran diplomat who recently held talks with North Korean officials.
Kim and Ri both joinedKim Jong Un for the April 27 inter-Korean summit, and Kim Yong Chol recently traveled to the U.S.to meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before deliveringa letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump at the White House.
There was heightened security at the St Regis hotel in central Singapore, one of the hotels where the leaders were expected to stay.
"There may be an expectation for President Trump to make small, respectful bow towards Kim Jong-Un".
"Our people have been working very, very well with the representatives of North Korea".
Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get United States troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.
Kim later metSingapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and was seen to be smiling broadly during the encounter.
He invited the thousands of faithful in St. Peter's Square to pray with him so that the Virgin Mary "accompany these talks". 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.
US President Donald Trump predicted Saturday that he would know within a minute of meeting Kim Jong Un whether his "one-time shot" at peace with the North Korean leader had a chance of succeeding.
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.
The jet landed at the airport Sunday afternoon amid huge security precautions on the city-state island.
Authorities in Singapore imposed tight security around the summit venue and related luxury hotels, including installing extra pot plants outside one contender for Kim's accommodation to obstruct reporters' views.
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