Kim covered by ‘wall of bodyguards’ strolls Singapore quay before meeting Trump

Donald Trump Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore for historic summit

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has landed in Singapore ahead of a summit with US President Donald Trump that could end a nuclear stand-off between the old foes and transform his impoverished country.

There was speculation that the summit might continue into a second day, however Mr Trump is now scheduled to leave Singapore on Tuesday evening.

"He is willing to offer his support for his friends, President Trump and Marshall Kim Jong Un", Prince said.

Trump is set to meet with Kim in Singapore on Tuesday morning. Trump had earlier tweeted about the "excitement in the air!" "I'm hoping, like I said, that the door's opening".

Though Trump has been criticized for his failure to demand more concessions from North Korea before agreeing to a face-to-face meeting, which experts say gives Kim the sort of legitimacy on the worldwide stage he desires, downplaying expectations does two things.

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The meeting between Kim and Trump will mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.

The White House said Trump would hold a one-on-one meeting with Kim on Tuesday on the small island of Sentosa. Trump and Kim planned to meet one on one, joined only by translators, for up to two hours before admitting their respective advisers, a US official said.

She came into the global spotlight earlier this year as she attended the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, leading the North Korean delegation at the games. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the goal of the meeting was the "complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", adding that the US had not received any firm commitment from Pyongyang on exactly what the two sides would agree to.

"I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump said.

Before flying to Singapore, Mr. Trump was in Canada for the G-7 summit with leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.K. All seven leaders had worked out a joint statement stressing the importance of a rules-based global trading system.

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He explained that he gave the North Korean official Trump's book, "Art of the Deal", while he was in North Korea. The move was in reaction to North Korea's criticism of USA vice president Mike Pence's statement that the country could meet the same fate as Libya if it failed to meet a nuclear deal with the US.

It is also unclear what concessions Pyongyang could demand in return - which makes the summit very hard to predict, according to analysts.

The most common prediction that most publications made was, ironically, the unpredictability of the outcome of the Trump-Kim summit, given how both leaders tend to be mavericks. He was joined in Singapore by Ambassador Sung Kim, the US envoy to the Philippines, and Ambassador Michael McKinley, a career diplomat Pompeo recently tapped to be his senior adviser.

Unlike most other publications, USA Today had a different outlook of the Trump-Kim meeting. She dismisses Kim's late-night activities in Singapore as part of a months-long "charm offensive" aimed at cultivating good worldwide press.

All eyes are on Singapore for this event, with 2,500 journalists from all over the world descending onto the city-state to cover the summit. China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty.

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