Kim's night out: North Korea leader visits Singapore attractions

Kim's night out: North Korea leader visits Singapore attractions

Kim's night out: North Korea leader visits Singapore attractions

"When I woke up this morning, I saw the news in the newspaper that our respected marshal went to Singapore for the North Korea-US summit", said Han Il-gwang, a Pyongyang resident, displaying typical discretion. The president arrived in Asia having blown up relations with USA allies - and personally with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - over trade and Russian Federation, announcing via Twitter en route to Singapore that he'd withdraw from a joint agreement covering climate change and other issues.

In tamping down expectations, Trump himself has described this initial meeting as the start of a process.

The story was reported the front page of the ruling party's newspaper and was the only item on Monday's first news broadcast on Korean Central Television, which for many in the North is the only channel available.

Trump thanked the prime minister for Singapore's efforts to host the summit, the first-ever between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, at a hotel on the city-state's resort island of Sentosa on Tuesday.

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.

At the Capella hotel on Singapore's Sentosa island, a popular resort destination, Trump and Kim will first meet at 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET Monday) for a handshake and photo op.

He has only publicly left his country three times since taking power after his father's death in late 2011 - twice traveling to China and once across his shared border with the South to the southern part of the Demilitarized Zone in recent summits with the leaders of China and South Korea respectively. While Kim is staying at the St Regis Hotel that has been converted into a fortress ahead of June 12, Trump is reportedly staying at Shangri-La Hotel.

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The Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the Workers' Party, also featured his departure in a full-color two-page spread, declaring on the front page that he was leaving in a Chinese plane for a "historic summit" with the United States president.

It initially was meant to rid the North of its weapons, to forge the "complete denuclearization" of the country.

Kim's summit with Trump has captured intense global attention after a turn to diplomacy in recent months after serious fears of war past year amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests.

Iran said North Korea should be wary of negotiating with Mr Trump following his withdrawal from the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement.

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

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said Mr Trump's "ultimate objective" will be the "irreversible" denuclearisation of Mr Kim's regime.

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