Trump arrives in Singapore ahead of unprecedented US-North Korea summit

Trump arrives in Singapore ahead of unprecedented US-North Korea summit

From Pyongyang, the North's official media Monday carried comparatively detailed reports on leader Kim Jong-un's visit to Singapore, including his arrival date and plan to hold his first meeting with Trump on Tuesday.

The meeting was briefly canceled by Trump.

The one thing it is impossible for North Koreans to understand, however, is how big the difference in prosperity is between their country and developed nations like the USA and South Korea.

Journalists wait for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un outside the Istana, or Presidential Palace, in Singapore, Sunday, June 10, 2018.

The president told reporters that it's "so far, so good" as he headed into what he called "unknown territory in the truest sense".

Kim said that it is obvious to North Koreans that the government of Kim Jong Un is lying to the people about the country's situation and its reality. The two are scheduled to meet for the first time Tuesday morning.

Last year, the North made one of the biggest breakthroughs in its missile and nuclear weapons programs - which it says it needs to defend against the risk of a USA invasion - when it announced that it had "completed" its state nuclear program after testing a missile capable of striking most, if not all, of the continental U.S.

The first thing to observe is that if Trump was really in a position of strength, there would be no need to say so, and certainly unwise to say so on the eve of the meeting. "And obviously, what has been done before hasn't worked". "It's North Korea", said one Western tourist with a shrug.

Kim's personality profile then may well focus into the strategy for the summit, as will Trump's own attitude on the encounter.

Each man has his motivations: Hard-hitting sanctions and a desire for legitimacy brought Kim to the table. The US president will arrive later today.

April 27: Kim holds a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

"I think I'll know pretty quickly whether or not, in my opinion, something positive will happen", Trump said Saturday.

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Their meeting, which will be held at the city-state's Capella Hotel, will mark the first time a North Korean leader has met with a sitting USA president.

PM Lee will have a bilateral meeting with Mr Kim, who is Chairman of North Korea's State Affairs Commission, on Sunday.

The meeting was initially meant to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, but the talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-you session.

"It's a one-time shot and I think it's going to work out very well", he said.

Gidley said he expected Trump and Kim to have "an incredible conversation without Dennis Rodman in tow".

In recent weeks, though, Trump's enthusiasm has been tempered somewhat by the challenge of deal-making with such an unpredictable opponent. -North Korea nuclear standoff with a peace treaty.

He went on to say that the goal of the summit would "be more meaningful with Russian Federation".

Trump had called Kim "Little Rocket Man" and threatened to unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" on North Korea as it conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of global warnings. The level of concern is higher, though, in Japan, another USA treaty ally in Asia with much at stake.

"To all Americans and the rest of the world I'm honored to call President Trump a friend".

Rodman "is great on the court but negotiations should be left to those who are good at it. Trump is the best", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News on Thursday.

Balakrishnan had visited Washington earlier in the week and met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton.

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