Kim, Trump Arrive in Singapore for Historic Summit

Apart from the presence of the two global leaders in Singapore, the reason behind putting a heightened security in place is also that Kim faces a massive amount of global criticism due to his high-handed regime and records of human rights abuse. Trump traveled to Singapore from Canada, where he met with other world leaders whose countries make up the Group of Seven.

They were given a "stern warning" before being expelled on Saturday, police said in a statement soon after North Korean leader Kim landed in the city-state.

A procession of North Korean officials - including his younger sister Kim Yo Jong - arrived shortly afterward.

North Korean and United States negotiators met in Singapore Monday for final preparations on the eve of an unprecedented summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, seeking to bridge the gaps over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity. He was welcomed by Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and headed straight to The St. Regis hotel.

Lee complimented the bold and admirable decision by Kim and Trump to come together for the Summit.

Mr Trump is set to meet with Mr Lee on Monday.

He said on Thursday that he didn't think he had to prepare very much for the summit and that "it's about attitude".

Trump and Kim are set to meet on Tuesday at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa for talks which could see North Korea dismantle its nuclear arsenal in return for economic help and security guarantees.

Sung Kim, who served as USA ambassador to South Korea and chief nuclear negotiator, led the US delegation, and met DPRK Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui.

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.

After overseeing rapid advances in North Korea's nuclear and missile technology previous year, Kim now appears to be turning his attention to his country's economy and particularly to getting rid of the worldwide sanctions that are hampering its growth.

Earlier it was reported that trump flew in from Canada to Singapore for a summit with Kim Jong-UN.

The Korean Central News Agency said issues of mutual concern, related to the "changed era", will be on the agenda at the summit, including bilateral relations, peace and denuclearization. They believe Kim's latest engagement is aimed at getting the United States to ease the crippling sanctions that have squeezed the impoverished country.

According to accounts of the G-7 meeting, officials from other members of the bloc confronted Trump with a torrent of statistics about the importance of the US -authored worldwide order and the merits of free trade.

  • Jon Douglas