‘Profound talks’: North Korean media hail Kim-Trump summit

‘Profound talks’: North Korean media hail Kim-Trump summit

US President Donald Trump is forecasting a "nice" outcome for his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who spent his last day before the summit out of view.

Trump landed at Paya Lebar Airbase on board Air Force One after cutting short his time at the G7 summit in Canada.

Kim's entourage is staying at the St Regis, less than 10 minutes walk away, with a motorcade that features a dozen North Korean bodyguards in dark suits who jog in Singapore's drenching heat beside his armoured vehicle.

Kim's private plane did travel to Singapore, but is believed to have carried sister Kim Yo Jong and other top-ranking members of the delegation.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore on June 10.

Both sides were finalizing preparations for the meeting, which was to kick off at 9 a.m. Tuesday with a handshake between Trump and Kim, an image sure to be devoured around the world.

North Korean state media triumphantly announced Kim's trip to Singapore on Sunday, calling it an historic foreign tour and showing pictures of the young leader waving as he left Pyongyang.

China, which wants to cool tensions on the Korean Peninsula and was rattled by Trump's "Fire and Fury" talk a year ago, has a major stake in the outcome of tomorrow's much-anticipated bilateral nuclear talks between Trump and Kim.

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Some people were grumbling in the wealthy city-state because of the traffic jams caused by the summit and the cost of hosting two leaders with massive security needs.

Kim may also be seeing the gamble in a light never considered by his autocratic father and grandfather because of "his determination to modernize North Korea", according to Ryan Haas, an Asia expert at the John L. Thornton China Center. He released a photograph from inside the room of North Korean vice foreign minister Choi Sun-hee smiling across the table at the USA lead negotiator, the Philippines ambassador Sung Kim.

It brings the president more in line with veteran diplomats who have dealt with North Korea and know firsthand the difficulty of extracting verifiable concessions, and it helps ensure that - whatever happens on Tuesday - the president can tout it as a win.

In March, Trump surprised the world by accepting an invitation from Kim to meet in person.

Korean Studies Institute director David Kang said: "The most we can hope to get out of this is that Kim and Trump find that they can have some working relationship". "I'll tell you what the Marshall wants more than anything". "And he has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again".

"It's unknown territory, in the truest sense", Trump said during the G-7.

It "would instead lay out practical steps with requisite commitments from North Korea that demonstrate that it understands, accepts and is committed to achieving denuclearisation as the U.S. defines it", said Enos, who is also in Singapore to watch the proceedings. 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. Create peace and great prosperity for his land.

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