Kim Jong Un tours Singapore, takes selfie ahead of summit

Pauline Gross
June 11, 2018

Rodman said he hopes everyone reads it before the summit and reiterated that "we've got the greatest negotiator of all time" to "show the world how it's done".

Trump arrived on Sunday evening at the island city-state's Paya Lebar Air Base after traveling from Canada, where he attended a meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized nations.

Mr Trump has announced the restoration of USA sanctions, while European leaders are trying to preserve the deal.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits the Marina Bay Sands hotel with Singaporean foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Monday, June 11, 2018.

He was greeted by Singapore's foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, who posted a picture on Twitter of him shaking hands with Kim and the message: "Welcomed Chairman Kim Jong Un, who has just arrived in Singapore".

He had his first formal meeting of the summit with the prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong.

Actually, says another group, there will indeed be disarmament, a peace treaty ending the Korean War and North Korea's emergence as a contributing member of the worldwide community - but just not right now.

He's also repeatedly expressed his support for a meeting between Trump and Kim - even offering to facilitate it or serve as an ambassador of sorts.

The relative speed with which the state media got the news of Kim's arrival in Singapore out to the North Korean public suggests a certain level of confidence that the meeting will go well - or at least well enough.

"The success will be in the shutter clicks of the cameras", he said. They're both headstrong, unpredictable and willing to challenge the status quo.

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"Trump is likely to declare the summit a victory irrespective of the outcome, but if the two sides fail to reach a common understanding of denuclearisation it will put at risk any process that the summit kicks off", he said.

"I am on a mission of peace and we're going to be carrying the hearts of millions of people from all", he said.

He has also dangled the prospect of Kim visiting Washington if the meeting goes well.

Top members of Trump's administration have said that the North Koreans wouldn't receive any benefits before taking steps to denuclearize - wary of falling into the same predicament that doomed previous agreements with the rogue regime.

"We have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World", Trump tweeted from Air Force One en route to Singapore, predicting that counterpart Kim Jong Un "will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before".

State outlets never usually report on the supreme leader's movements in advance, owing to a level of control and paranoia which the country has operated under for decades. By contrast, Pompeo did suggest that the USA was prepared to make unspecified concessions to North Korean security concerns before the total dismantling of its nuclear program was achieved.

Kim's sister gained notoriety during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February, where she met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Pyongyang has taken some steps to show sincerity, returning US detainees and blowing up its nuclear test site.

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested U.S. sanctions and other global pressure will continue until North Korea takes steps toward denuclearization.

Trump said "we've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely".

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