Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore for historic summit

Singapore summit: Kim's running bodyguards back in action

Singapore summit: Kim's running bodyguards back in action

As anticipation for his historic summit with North Korea has ratcheted up, salesman in chief Donald Trump has done something out of character: ratcheted expectations down.

When asked upon landing in Singapore how he was feeling about the encounter, Trump gave a brief answer: "Very good".

"I think the minimum would be a relationship".

After more than a day's silence on Twitter, Trump posted four tweets about trade disagreements that were the talk of the G-7 conference, followed by a quick mention of the summit he is now attending - writing "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!" - before turning back to tweeting about trade once more.

That modest vision marks a break with the stratospheric goals he set after he agreed on March 8 to this meeting.

Lee Eun-ho (pictured above), a 70-year-old worker, said the North would never give up its nuclear weapons as Kim had "developed them to hold on to power in the first place".

Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire USA mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the US and the North.

The St. Regis declined to comment on who was staying on the top floors, or how many rooms the North Koreans were occupying.

The North Korean leader reportedly arrived at Changi Airport in Singapore Sunday afternoon, where he was met by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan.

Choi's fiery outburst at Trump's national security advisor John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence had a fortnight ago been blamed for Trump suddenly, and briefly, cancelling the summit.

Pompeo has disputed the notion that the president is moving the goalposts, telling reporters that Trump "has always understood that this was a process."

Singapore summit: Kim's running bodyguards back in action

Kim's entourage is staying at the St Regis, less than 10 minutes walk away, with a motorcade that features a dozen North Korean bodyguards in dark suits who jog in Singapore's drenching heat beside his armoured auto.

A defiant North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test in September 2017.

Later, Pompeo shared a picture of Trump speaking with the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Singapore.

So, why does Kim always travel with several lavatories at his disposal?

Special Operations Command (SOC) police officers patrol Orchard Road on June 10 ahead of the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.

"Wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-US relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era, will be exchanged at the DPRK-US summit talks", the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported in English.

What did the secretary of state say?

Kim may have shipped over the massive bulletproof and fireproof limousine that became a social media sensation when Kim was shown being driven across the border between the Koreas during his first summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in April, with a dozen staunch bodyguards encircling the auto.

"We're going in with a very positive attitude, and I think we're going to come out fine", Trump said.

Should Mr Trump smile, or look tough instead?

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