Final preparations under way for Trump-Kim summit


The media reports on the Trump-Kim talks on Monday follow months of only the scantest of coverage, though Kim's summits with South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, and China's president, Xi Jinping, received large-scale coverage soon after they had ended.

The expected Kim-Trump meeting is considered unique given it'll be the closest meeting the leaders of the USA and North Korea have ever had.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un inspects an honour guard ahead of his departure to Singapore in Pyongyang June 10, 2018. "Create peace and great prosperity for his land".

Sky News video showed the impressive motorcade that that carried Kim from the airport to his overnight lodgings.

Kim is meeting Trump on Tuesday for a historic summit aimed at discussing the future of his nuclear program. After greeting each other, the two leaders planned to sit for a one on one meeting that a United States official said could last up to two hours, with only translators joining them.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Monday that North Korea should approach this week's summit with Mr Trump with "awareness".

Preliminary meetings have already begun.

While the White House update detailed the size of the meeting, the expected length of the meeting hasn't been released.

Along with an extensive security detail, the North Korean leader took his own personal toilet to the meeting. It also annoyed Singapore residents by offering to pay Kim's hotel bill.

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DPRK stands for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Pompeo met Kim in May ahead of Tuesday's meeting. The leaders are spending the night at hotels about a half-mile apart in the upscale shopping area in Tanglin. 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.

The American president travelled to Singapore from Canada and the tensions of the G-7 summit that centred largely on disputes over trade.

US allies are anxious that Trump could upend decades of global precedent, NPR's Mara Liasson reported on Weekend Edition Sunday.

Singapore will spend about 20 million dollars to host the historic summit between Trump and Kim, Prime Minister Loong revealed. The president also refused to sign a G-7 joint statement pledging cooperation.

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.

It is no easy task. "And he has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again", Trump said. He told reporters in Quebec on Saturday that he'd know "in the first minute" whether he could get to a deal with Kim, repeating that he wouldn't waste his time - but suggested that the time he's invested in this initial engagement wasn't such a big deal.

"I think we should take some optimism from that reporting", the official said. "Just my touch, my feel".

That may be even more important to Trump in the wake of the disastrous G-7 summit.

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