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Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un prepare for Singapore summit

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Cristina Norman | 11 June, 2018, 15:40

"The best thing to look for is some type of joint statement that underscores a shared desire for denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula". Later, Kim met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Lee's office in the sprawling palace known as the Istana.

She said Sung Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines, who has taken the lead on policy negotiations with the North, was set to hold a working group with a North Korean delegation at 10 a.m. Monday.

The summit will be the first meeting between Trump and Kim and mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults. All citizens of North Korea are expected to defend the image of their leader and would insert the appropriate honorifics as a matter of course: "There are so many media reports that people have gone to prison in North Korea for less".

Kim recently appointed a new director of the military's powerful General Political Bureau described as a "highly trusted" lieutenant, and has established his authority over both the ruling Workers' Party and the military by ruthlessly purging potential rivals.

Authorities in Singapore imposed tight security around the summit venue and related luxury hotels, including installing extra pot plants outside one contender for Kim's accommodation to obstruct reporters' views.

The jet also changed route and call-sign mid-air, data from tracker Flightradar24 shows, in an apparent attempt to disguise who it was carrying.

His sister Kim Yo Jong has emerged as one of his closest aides.

"President Trump last week acknowledged for the first time that the U.S". 'That is for reasons of security and continuity of government'.

Singapore has spent $S20 million hosting the summit, half of that on security costs, with Lee saying it was "in our profound interest" to contribute to such an global endeavour.

South Korean media also claims there were fears that Kim's Soviet-era plane might not survive the trip.

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Is Kim Jong Un fluent in English? He also thanked his Singapore hosts for their hospitality.

The pair will have one-on-one talks for around two hours before being joined by their aides for further negotiations.

Visitors to Sentosa who are entering the island via cable cars can expect to encounter bag checks or be diverted from existing gantry lanes on the Sentosa's Gateway from Tuesday to Wednesday (12-13 June) as part of enhanced security measures for the upcoming Trump-Kim summit.

South Korea estimates the North has 50 kilograms of plutonium, reportedly enough for around 10 bombs, and a "considerable" ability to produce uranium weapons.

A third example is Mr. Trump's assurance not to impose further sanctions, while emphasising that existing measures against Pyongyang would remain in place.

"Let me say how much I appreciate this man's leadership in terms of reaching out to the North Koreans", the then-U.S. President said.

"We have had substantive and detailed meetings to date, including this morning with the North Koreans", he said.

Trump tweeted on Sunday: "I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the world".

The standard thinking goes that he needs quick help to stabilize and then rebuild an economy that has suffered amid a decades-long pursuit of nuclear bombs, and that the North Koreans see a unique chance to win concessions, legitimacy and protection from a meeting with a highly unconventional USA president who's willing to consider options past American leaders would not.

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