Kim Jong Un goes for surprise nighttime walk ahead of summit

A police sign is seen at the entrance to the Shangri La Hotel

A police sign is seen at the entrance to the Shangri La Hotel

The two leaders are set to meet on Tuesday at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa for talks which could see North Korea dismantle its nuclear arsenal in return for economic help and security guarantees. A USA official says the leaders then plan to meet one-on-one, joined only by translators, for up to two hours before admitting their respective advisers. Then aides to each were to come in for more discussions and a working lunch.

The first meeting between the two leaders is scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m. Singapore time - Monday at 9 p.m.

The White House says Trump now plans to depart Singapore on Tuesday evening ahead of schedule.

"President Trump believes that Kim Jong-un has an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity to his country", added the secretary of state.

"Trump is likely to declare the summit a victory irrespective of the outcome, but if the two sides fail to reach a common understanding of denuclearisation it will put at risk any process that the summit kicks off", he said. The president arrived in Asia having blown up relations with USA allies - and personally with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - over trade and Russian Federation, announcing via Twitter en route to Singapore that he'd withdraw from a joint agreement covering climate change and other issues.

This picture taken on June 8, 2018 shows Lee Eun-ho, a 70-year-old South Korean worker - who is critical about the Trump-Kim summit, during a street interview with AFP in Seoul.

However, it now appears that the U.S.is confident tings are going smoothly.

Its state-run media are reporting extensively on Mr Kim's arrival in Singapore, with KCNA publishing three reports detailing his departure from Pyongyang, arrival in Singapore and meeting with Singaporean Premier Lee Hsien Loong.

"There is no chance to make North Korean leaders. surrender their nuclear weapons", Andrei Lankov, a Korea expert at Seoul's Kookmin University, wrote recently on a Washington-based Asia newsletter.

Yet the top U.S. diplomat added Trump is ready to offer "unique" guarantees to ease the regime's concerns about giving up a nuclear arsenal that provides a deterrent against foreign adversaries while also serving as a key point of national pride. Or, it could amount to little more than a much-photographed handshake.

So you can only imagine how much Singapore is paying to have the North Korean leader and an entire army of bodyguards and government officials at the St. Regis.

Now, both sides appear prepared to let Tuesday's historic face-to-face between the sitting leaders of the US and North Korea function as more of an ice-breaker (and photo op) than a high-stakes diplomatic showdown.

Trump's early exit will be his second from a summit in just a few days. After his premature departure from Quebec, he continued to tweet angrily at Trudeau from Singapore, saying Monday, "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal". Considering Trump has admitted that he hasn't prepared for this upcoming meeting, he will need to rely on his alleged "best negotiator" skills to get the job done.

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