Worldwide journalists prepare for Trump Kim summit in Singapore's media center

11 June, 2018, 14:30 | Author: Brooke Harris
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US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet in Singapore on Tuesday for a highly anticipated summit.

Kim held a meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of the planned summit. South Korea's Hankook Ilbo reported that Singapore recommended the St. Regis, which hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping during his 2015 summit with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, because it can be easily secured.

The key players have arrived, with North Korea's Kim Jong-un touching down Sunday after his longest plane journey since taking power. "But we appreciate your hospitality and professionalism and your friendship".

"Thank you very much", Trump said to reporters, as he turned to enter the banquet hall.

As Trump was trying to make "fool trade" happen, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted a series of photos showing State Department officials meeting with foreign diplomats and generally behaving like normal White House officials headed into a high-stakes summit. Trump canceled the meeting, but chose to move ahead with it a week later after a visit to Washington by a top North Korean official. Trump turns 72 on Thursday. Kim Yong Chol, the North Korean leader's right-hand man, and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui were also included in the entourage. "Celebrating birthday, a bit early", he wrote.

Trump on Monday morning was upbeat: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement is in the air!"

When Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un meet in Singapore to discuss the parameters of a deal that would potentially denuclearize North Korea this week, they will be joined by NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, for some freakish reason.

People watch a TV broadcasting a news report on the upcoming summit between the US and North Korea, in Seoul, South Korea, June 11, 2018.

He came from a divisive G7 meeting in Canada with some of Washington's closest allies that further strained global trade ties.

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"We can expect a one on one at the beginning", Palladino was quoted as saying by The Straits Times.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump spent his flight from Canada to Singapore "meeting with his staff, reading materials and preparing for his meetings in Singapore". Trump and Kim lookalikes held a summit of their own at a local shopping mall, while one bistro is offering a libation known as the Trump-Kim "Bromance:" Beer, tequila, diet Coke and the Korean distilled rice liquor known as soju.

Although gaps remain over what denuclearization would entail, Trump sounded a positive note in a lunch meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

"The entire world is watching the historic summit between (North Korea) and the United States of America", Kim told Lee through an interpreter when they met Sunday.

Trump and Kim Jong-Un have both suggested they could also pursue a peace treaty to officially end the Korean War, which ceased because of an armistice signed in 1953.

Observers in the region warn that ultimatums over denuclearization could make military confrontation between the US and North Korea even more likely, a situation Zhao Hai from China's Academy of Social Sciences described as a "down-spiral of security" that could turn into a nuclear "nightmare".

Trump and Kim are to have the first ever US-North Korea summit in Singapore on Tuesday, with the American leader hoping his counterpart will scrap his nuclear weapons program in return for security guarantees.

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump are both in Singapore ahead of the first summit, although staying at separate hotels.

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