Trump Kim summit: North Korea sets out its Singapore agenda

Trump Kim summit: North Korea sets out its Singapore agenda

Trump Kim summit: North Korea sets out its Singapore agenda

South Koreans are optimistic that U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will improve the prospects for a lasting peace in the region when the two men meet Tuesday in Singapore, even if no definitive denuclearization deal is reached.

PM Lee is scheduled to meet Kim at the Istana on Sunday, and Trump on Monday.

But Trump - for whom a major accomplishment would bolster his position ahead of midterm elections in November - baffled observers when he said he did not think he had to prepare "very much" for the summit.

The pair - dressed in identical black suits, with lapel badges showing former North Korean leaders and flanked by Singapore police - were busy getting into the best position for Kim's arrival, setting up cameras in the middle of the road.

"Trump, who prides himself on his deal-making prowess, said he thinks he will know 'within the first minute" of meeting Kim whether the North Korean leader is serious about the nuclear negotiations. Now North Korean officials will nearly certainly emphasise preventing any sudden mishaps in Kim Jong Un's first visit to a foreign country other than China or South Korea since taking power, said Kim Doo-hyun, professor of protection politics at Korea National Sport University. Kim arrived on an Air China jet, NPR's Elise Hu reports.

If Singapore's reputation for tight security was one reason the real Kim Jong Un agreed to hold his summit with Donald Trump in the city-state, the fake Kim Jong Un now knows why.

Footage showed the bodyguards jogging next to the vehicle, complete with tinted windows and two large North Korean flags fluttering on the hood, as they escorted Kim to the closely guarded St. Regis Hotel where he is staying.

Air Force One touched down at a military air base, travelling from Canada, where Trump had attended a meeting of the Group of Seven nations.

"Our people have been working very, very well with the representatives of North Korea".

In late April, 12 lanky male bodyguards made worldwide headlines after they surrounded Kim Jong Un's Mercedes-Benz vehicle and jogged alongside it whenever the North Korean leader moved across the border.

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He wants to make progress with the U.S., and open up his economy making North Korea a "prosperous nation".

A USA official cited by Bloomberg said Trump intends to meet one-on-one with Kim at the start of the meeting.

The U.S. president also dangled the prospect of inviting Kim to Washington if the meeting is a success.

Later, Kim met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Lee's office in the sprawling palace known as the Istana.

Some members of Congress and of Mr. Trump's administration, including his national security adviser, John R. Bolton, have advocated regime change in the North.

Their meeting, which will be held at the city-state's Capella Hotel, will mark the first time a North Korean leader has met with a sitting USA president. "North Korea summit again", said Shim Nu-ri, a teacher who lives in Seoul.

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 US 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.

Both countries want North Korea's nuclear capabilities addressed.

One of the topics that might come up for discussion tomorrow is the establishment of official diplomatic ties between the US and North Korea, US media website Axios reported on Saturday, citing two sources familiar with preparations for the Singapore summit.

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