Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore for historic summit
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore ahead of an historic summit with US President Donald Trump Sunday, as Trump declared that the young dictator had a “one-time shot” to bring his country in from the cold.
Kim was greeted at Singapore’s Changi airport by Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Vivian Balakrishnan.
He is due to meet with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong later Sunday. Lee will have a separate meeting with Trump on Monday.
While Trump spoke positively about his upcoming meeting with Kim, he was vague on the details of what they might actually achieve.
“I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people,” Trump told reporters at a press conference in Canada before departing the G7 summit. “And he has that opportunity, and he won’t have that opportunity again.”
Trump also speculated that the summit might not work out. He would know, he told reporters, very early on in meeting Kim, if it would.
“I think within the first minute I’ll know,” Trump said. “At a minimum, I do believe, at least we’ll have met each other,” Trump said, adding later that “hopefully, we will have liked each other.”
Sources told CNN that US officials have established a contingency plan for a potential second day of discussions between Trump and Kim depending on the direction of their planned meeting on June 12.
The cost of the summit for Singapore was some $15 million, Singapore Prime Minister Lee told reporters Sunday at the media center the city-state had constructed to deal with the enormous international demand.
“It’s our contribution to an international endeavor which is in our profound interest,” Lee said.
A team of US officials had been in South Korea, traveling frequently to meet with North Korean officials in the demilitarized zone [DMZ] recently, to work on the substance of the talks.
Even as American officials including top diplomat Secretary of State Mike Pompeo say that North Korea is prepared to fully denuclearize, there are questions over what that entails for not just Pyongyang, but also Washington and Seoul.