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. He describes the summit as "produced by Kim, directed by (South Korean President Moon Jae-in), and inspired by Trump".
Ever since Trump shocked allies, White House officials and, by some accounts, the North Koreans themselves when he accepted Kim's March invitation for a meeting, the two leaders have lurched toward an uncertain encounter that could affect millions.
Earlier on Sunday evening, Trump arrived at Singapore's Paya Lebar Air Base and is now staying at the Shangri-La Hotel.
As Kim's motorcade approached the St. Regis, another two North Korean video cameramen in black suits emerged through the sun roof of a black SUV, filming the crowd.
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Trump and Kim will start their historic summit with a one-on-one session with translators.
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The summit is a plus for Singapore, he added. He has not left his country since taking office in 2011 other than to visit China and the South Korean side of the Demilitarised Zone on the border. Trump traveled to Singapore from Canada, where he a meeting with other world leaders.
Trump is dangling before Kim visions of protection, economic investment and even a White House visit, in return for a commitment to abandon his nuclear weapons program.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sung Kim, the us ambassador to the Philippines who has taken the lead on policy negotiations with the North, will hold a "working group" with a North Korean delegation to discuss final preparations for the meeting.
Lee will also meet with Trump ahead of Tuesday's summit, which is slated to begin at 9:00 A.M. local time (9:00 P.M. Monday night Eastern time).
"President Trump last month briefly called off this summit and he has repeatedly threatened to walk out if he doesn't believe the negotiations are serious". He said he thinks "it's going to work out very well". He escaped North Korea at 19 years old.
"I'm very well prepared".
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"The entire world is watching the historic summit between (North Korea) and the United States of America, and thanks to your honest efforts ... we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit", Kim told Lee through an interpreter.
Gidley said he expected Trump and Kim to have "an unbelievable conversation without Dennis Rodman in tow". A U.S. official says Monday that the leaders will meet for up to two hours before an expanded bilateral meeting with their respective advisers.
Kim said that it is obvious to North Koreans that the government of Kim Jong Un is lying to the people about the country's situation and its reality. Trump played the triumphant role Kim was writing for him, seemingly unaware North Korea would expect a reciprocal peace gesture from the U.S. when he sat down with Kim, if not before.
The United States and North Korea have been in a technical state of war for decades after the eruption of the 1950-1953 Korean War, which pitted U.S. -led U.N. troops backing Seoul against Pyongyang's forces that were aided by China.
In an update on traffic arrangements, the Singapore Police Force said there will be temporary road closures in the vicinity of Anderson Road towards Orchard Road and that motorists can expect delays.
"They know [those countries are more prosperous and developed], but they don't know at what level and how different the countries are". Saying he has a "clear objective in mind" to convince Kim to abandon his nuclear program in exchange for unspecified "protections" from the U.S., Trump acknowledged that the direction of the high-stakes meeting is unpredictable, adding it "will always be spur of the moment".
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Though the White House has not released an official list of topics for the meeting, it is expected that the question of North Korea's denuclearization will be at the forefront of the discussions.