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  • Kim and Trump arrive for showdown
        Date:2018-06-11 

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump landed in Singapore yesterday on the eve of a summit that could end a nuclear stand-off between the old foes and transform the secretive, impoverished Asian country.

    Kim arrived at Singapore's Changi Airport first, in the early afternoon, after his longest trip overseas as head of state wearing his trademark dark "Mao suit" and distinctive high cut hairstyle.

    Trump's Air Force One, as is the custom for visiting US presidents, flew into Paya Lebar Air Base shortly after 8pm.

    Both leaders were greeted by Singapore's foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, who made the most of the historic occasion by posting a picture on Twitter of himself shaking hands with Kim and the message: "Welcomed Chairman Kim Jong Un, who has just arrived in Singapore."

    Arriving in Singapore 20 hours after he ended the Group of Seven summit in Canada with one of his trademark destructive tweets, Trump said he felt "very good" when asked about the the summit before he was whisked away to his hotel, Shangri-La.

    Officials onboard Air Force One included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

    Late last night, US economic adviser Larry Kudlow said harsh words that Trump put in a post-G7 tweet for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were aimed at Kim, who "must not see American weakness."

    When Trump and Kim meet at the Capella, a refurbished British Army artillery mess that is now one of Singapore's most expensive luxury hotels, on Sentosa island at 9am tomorrow they will be making history even before they start.

    However, a source involved in the planning of Kim's trip said he was scheduled to leave Singapore at 2pm on Tuesday.

    It is not certain whether that is in response to Trump's having said last week that he will be able to tell "within one minute" if Kim is serious about making a deal with him during their summit.

    Enemies since the 1950-53 Korean War, the leaders of North Korea and the United States have never met previously or even spoken on the phone. Kim disembarked an Air China jet followed by top officials, including Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Kim Yong Chol, a close aide of Kim's who has been instrumental in the diplomacy behind the summit.

    Later in the day, Kim left his hotel, St Regis, in a motorcade that included his stretch Mercedes-Benz limousine and traveled the short distance through Singapore's glitzy shopping streets to the presidential palace, known as the Istana, where he met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

    Kim, in his first public comments since arriving, said Singapore's role would be recorded in history if the summit was a success. Trump gets his turn with Lee today.

    Lee put the cost of the summit for Singapore at S$20 million (HK$118 million), saying a media center had to be built.

    In a sign of how seriously Singapore views its security obligations, two staff from South Korea's national broadcaster, KBS, were deported for trespassing at the home of the North Korean ambassador.

    At stake at the summit are North Korea's nuclear weapons and peace on the peninsula. North Korea spent decades developing nuclear weapons, culminating in the test of a thermonuclear device in 2017. It also successfully tested missiles that had enough range to reach the US mainland.

    The tests came amid a campaign of "maximum pressure," led by the US, that tightened sanctions against North Korea and raised the possibility of military action.

    In a New Year's address, Kim said his country had completed development of its nuclear program and would focus on economic development, suggesting a meeting with South Korea.

    After a flurry of contacts between the two Koreas, South Korean officials suggested to Trump in March that Kim would be willing to meet face to face.

    The summit comes after weeks of sometimes-contentious discussions and was briefly canceled amid North Korean outrage over messaging from some US advisers.

    Many remain skeptical Kim will ever completely abandon his nuclear program. They believe his latest engagement is aimed at getting the US to ease crippling economic sanctions that have squeezed the impoverished country.

    For Trump, a successful summit will see him achieve badly needed recognition on the international stage ahead of congressional elections in November.

    Believed to be 34, Kim is one of the youngest heads of state and looks an unlikely candidate to be making history of the kind that has eluded his father and grandfather, both past leaders of North Korea.

    But since taking power in 2011 after his father's death, the youthful Kim has displayed a mixture of ruthlessness, pragmatism and statecraft to get this prize: to sit across the table with the leader of the United States and be treated as an equal.

    Pope Francis said last night he hoped the summit would lead to peace for Korea.



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