Where's Kim Jong Un staying? A peek inside the St. Regis Singapore

11 June, 2018, 09:40 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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"People call it a historic summit but... it is important to understand that this summit was available to any United States president who wanted to do it and the point is no U.S. president wanted to do this, and for good reasons", said Christopher Hill, a former lead USA nuclear negotiator with North Korea.

While access to the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be tightly restricted, hundreds of Singaporeans got the next best thing on Saturday when two lookalikes showed up at a downtown mall.

At 10am, North Korean vice-minister for foreign affairs, Choi Sun-hee, strode into the Ritz Carlton with her small team.

State media in North Korea on Monday (Jun 11) covered Kim Jong Un's arrival in Singapore in a news bulletin.

News that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited North Korea was front page news with a big photo of him shaking Kim's hand the following day in the ruling party newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun.

"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. While hostilities ended with an armistice in 1953, no peace treaty has been signed yet.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are due to meet on Tuesday on the resort island of Sentosa for their high-stakes summit.

Kim's North Korean delegation will include his sister Kim Yo Jong, White House officials cited by Bloomberg noted.

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Calling his trip "a mission of peace", the US President framed the meeting as a rare opportunity for Kim and said the US was going in with a positive outlook. The plan is to wrap up the meeting in the evening and, if things go well, for there to be a joint declaration, according to another United States official.

Both leaders have arrived in Singapore in preparation for their much anticipated, historic first encounter.

Trump flew into Singapore's Paya Lebar Air Base aboard Air Force One, looking to lay the groundwork for a nuclear deal with one of America's most bitter long-time foes, directly following his divisive meeting in Canada with some of Washington's closest allies that further strained global trade ties.

It is an extraordinary turnaround from the tensions of past year, when Kim accelerated his weapons programmes - earning the North more sets of UN Security Council sanctions - and the two men traded personal insults and threats of war.

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get U.S. troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea. "Therefore, when the two sides asked us to host the meeting, we can not say no".

Trump and other top US officials have promised a "bright future" for the North if it quickly relinquishes its nuclear weapons - including economic inducements and a security agreement.

Mr Lee also said it was "not easy" to find a location in the world that is suitable to host such a high-level meeting.

The first word Kim is in Singapore for Tuesday's summit came early Monday morning.

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