Kim Jong Un lands in Singapore, on cusp of making history

Only translators will be in the room for Trump’s sit-down with Kim Jong Un

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Kim Jong Un poses for a selfie with Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Education Minister Ong Ye Kung. Days earlier, in the North Korean village of Panmunjom, negotiations between diplomats from Washington and Pyongyang stalled when North Korea's vice-foreign minister Choe Son-hui said that denuclearization "should not be on the table for the Singapore summit" - a demand that would nullify the meeting's objective from the White House's perspective.

People wait for the arrival of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at The Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore, June 11, 2018.

Trump in May briefly scrapped the summit with Kim, only to later reinstate the meeting after meeting withNorth Korea official Kim Yong Chol.

Enemies since the 1950-53 Korean War, the leaders of North Korea and the United States have never met previously - or even spoken on the phone.

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Mr. Pompeo praised the G-7 nations for their help getting North Korea talks set up.

The US President is reportedly spending a bit more time with PM Lee today - two hours of talks and a working lunch together with government officials from respective countries, according to Channel NewsAsia. Two other aircrafts, one carrying several "essential" items for Kim such as a bullet-proof limousine and portable toilet, also departed within the same hour as the one carrying Kim.

"The fact that we prepared this in two weeks, this adds to logistics demands by officers who worked around the clock", Shanmugam said at a security briefing yesterday.

He said last week that he expects to know "within the first minute" of their meeting if Kim is serious about giving up his weapons. And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to keep expectations for the summit in check. "I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people and he has that opportunity".

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Singapore will spend about 20 million dollars to host the historic summit between Trump and Kim, Prime Minister Loong revealed.

Trump, after the first-ever meeting between US and North Korean leaders, had been scheduled to fly back to Washington on Wednesday morning after spending Tuesday with Kim in Singapore.

North Korea had also threatened to strike Guam, an American territory in the Pacific Ocean. "And he has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again", Trump said. But on the eve of the summit, he altered his schedule, opting to return at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday after a full day of meetings with Kim - nearly 15 hours earlier than previously anticipated.

The country's youth unemployment rate stood at 10.7 percent in April and job-seeker Kim Tae-young - who has a bachelor's degree in engineering and new materials - said: "Frankly speaking, I have no particular feelings about the summit, but I just hope it would help ease uncertainties".

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Pompeo, who has traveled twice to Pyongyang to meet with Kim, told reporters Monday that North Korea has conveyed a willingness to denuclearize.

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