Kim Jong-un Arrives in Singapore for U.S.-North Korea Summit

Kim Jong-un Arrives in Singapore for U.S.-North Korea Summit

His stroll reportedly came 11 hours before his summit with Donald Trump, when he will become the first North Korean leader to meet with a USA president.

Kim smiled as he took a selfie with Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan at the scenic waterfront Gardens by the Bay.

In the weeks leading up to the summit in Singapore, Trump praised Kim as "very honorable" and "very open", a stark contrast from the "Little Rocket Man" moniker Trump had previously bestowed on the North Korean leader.

Kim had people around the world reaching for the dictionary when he called Trump a "mentally deranged United States dotard", saying he would "tame" him with "fire".

President Trump is expected to meet separately with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday.

Hundreds of North Korean security experts have no doubt been up nights wondering how to safeguard Kim Jong Un since Trump shocked the world by accepting the North's invitation to meet.

President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un are both in Singapore for their highly anticipated summit, the first of its kind between a USA president and a leader of North Korea.

"I think within the first minute, I'll know", whether Kim is serious about giving up his nuclear weapons, the president told reporters Saturday. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Ambassador Sung Kim, and National Security Council Senior Director for Asia Matt Pottinger will join for the working lunch.

North Korea has previously promised to denuclearize, only to continue its nuclear program after receiving concessions from the US, said Michael J. Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

More recently, Trump has suggested he will raise human rights issues with Kim. "I think we can presume that North Korea made more demands to Singapore than the United States did in terms of security".

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But analysts who closely watch North Korea believe it is unlikely Kim would have come to Singapore without being confident of the arsenal's security - and the ability to order its use.

But he has since lowered expectations, saying the talks would be more about starting a relationship with Kim for a negotiating process that would take more than one summit.

A woman walks past a cannon barrel stuffed with flowers in a symbolic gesture of peace at Fort Siloso in Singapore, as preparations continue for Tuesday's Trump-Kim summit.

"The entire world is watching the historic summit between [North Korea] and the United States of America, and thanks to your honest efforts ... we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit", Mr Kim told Mr Lee through an interpreter.

"We could absolutely sign an agreement" to end the Korean War, Trump said at a White House news conference last week.

But while Kim has made some gestures in that direction - suspending nuclear and missile tests and making a show of disabling a nuclear test facility - veteran diplomats are skeptical that North Korea will surrender its nuclear weapons altogether.

Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday after a blow-up over trade with other members of the Group of Seven + major industrialised nations that cast a cloud over his efforts to score a major foreign policy win in the nuclear talks.

"North Korea has been preparing for this meeting for this meeting for 45 years, " he said.

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