Host Country Singapore Shells Out $15 Million On Trump-Kim Summit

Flight from Pyongyang lands in Singapore ahead of North Korean leader’s arrival

Flight from Pyongyang lands in Singapore ahead of North Korean leader’s arrival

Meanwhile, President Trump arrived at Paya Lebar Airbase in Singapore in the evening and was also received there by the country's foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

Security around Kim's hotel was extremely tight and guests were prohibited from going in and out, hours before Kim's black Mercedes Benz limousine cruised in.

Kim's detailed command of the issues central to his country's nuclear conflict has impressed US officials who have interacted with him since Trump's diplomacy with the North began.

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.

He added in addition to using bulletproof vehicles, North Korea's security detail would likely deploy layers of protection surrounding the summit venue and try to divert attention from Kim Jong Un's auto whenever he moves.

"The entire world is watching the historic summit between the DPRK (North Korea) and the United States of America", Kim told Lee, using his country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Last year, the North made one of the biggest breakthroughs in its missile and nuclear weapons programs - which it says it needs to defend against the risk of a USA invasion - when it announced that it had "completed" its state nuclear program after testing a missile capable of striking most, if not all, of the continental U.S.

The Southeast Asian financial hub has been bracing for the arrival of Trump and Kim - and thousands of reporters - next week, and has announced flight restrictions and police checkpoints around key meeting spots.

As it was widely expected, the two leaders will discuss the issue of denuclearization, a concept that is feared to become the main stumbling block on the way to a diplomatic breakthrough.

Whatever Trump meant to gain with his strength would not be gained if Kim called off the talks in response. North Korea releases three Americans who had been imprisoned.

This will be the first summit of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting US president.

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.

Internationally, meeting with the United States president grants Kim standing and prestige that have previously eluded him.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Monday's meeting appeared aimed at making 11th-hour progress ahead of the summit since Sung Kim's earlier talks did little to narrow a gap between the two sides on the definition of denuclearization or win agreement on tangible commitments from Pyongyang toward dismantling its nuclear arsenal.

"We're meeting with the chairman on June 12 and I think it's probably going to be a very successful - ultimately a successful process", Trump said. "And he has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again", Trump said.

A USA official cited by Bloomberg said Trump intends to meet one-on-one with Kim at the start of the meeting. Moon's efforts to avert a potentially catastrophic USA first strike pushed Trump and Kim to take a risk.

"It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before". Create peace and great prosperity for his land.

Trump has said he wants to strike a deal to get the North to give up its nuclear weapons.

It has been used before for high-profile diplomatic occasions.

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

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