SINGAPORE, June 9 ― A rare direct flight from Pyongyang landed in Singapore today ahead of the expected arrival of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un for a summit with US President Donald Trump to discuss ending the North's isolation and its nuclear programme. Saying he has a "clear objective in mind" to convince Kim to abandon his nuclear program in exchange for unspecified "protections" from the U.S., Trump acknowledged that the direction of the high-stakes meeting is unpredictable, adding it "will always be spur of the moment".
"The first minute I'll know - just my touch, my feel, that's what I do", Trump said over the weekend at the G-7 summit in Canada. "I really really appreciate it, because we are really cash-strapped", Howard X said as dozens lined up for their turn with him. "The U.S. president will seek television-friendly optics for this historic meeting in order to bolster his popularity at home", the analyst said.
That came as Trump threw the Group of Seven's efforts to show a united front into disarray after he became angry with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and said he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry.
The Trump-Kim summit is being viewed as an attempt to address the last festering legacy of the Cold War and it is the first time a North Korean leader has met a sitting U.S. president. If you're not going to be able to walk away - we didn't walk away from the frightful Iran deal that was signed, and if you look at what's happened, since I signed that deal, Iran and in all fairness, I say it with great respect for the people of Iran, but Iran is acting a lot differently. "And if I think it won't happen - I'm not going to waste my time".
The agency revealed that Kim flew in on a Chinese plane, provided for his "personal use", accompanied by a host of senior officials, including his influential sister, Kim Yo-jong.
Trump, who is staying in a separate hotel, the Shangri-La, is due to meet Lee on Monday.
Past year the North carried out what was by far its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched a flurry of missiles - including two over Japan - while Trump threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury" and Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged US dotard".
A man rides an electric unicycle as policemen patrol along Orchard Road in Singapore, Sunday, June 10, 2018, ahead of the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. That is particularly true in the era of President Trump, who is seen as an uncertain partner even for Washington's existing Asian allies.
Trump hopes to persuade Kim to completely abandon the arsenal of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that the North Koreans have spent more than a generation amassing. Seeing Nobel Peace Prize laurels and eyeing potential to show up his critics at home and overseas, Trump is granting Kim the worldwide legitimacy he's long sought in hopes of securing a legacy-defining accord.
Undergraduate Sher Tay, 20, who chanced upon the event, said: "While I was surprised at how much they resembled the two leaders, I would not pay for a photograph with them".
"It's a one-time shot", he said at a press conference, adding that the North Koreans had been working "very well with us". But then Trump did a quick pivot, signaling nearly immediately after scrapping the meeting that he was open to going ahead with it after all.
"So far, so good".
Last year it carried out by far its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland, sending tensions soaring to a level unseen in years as a newly-elected Trump traded threats of war and colourful personal insults with Kim, with Trump dubbed a "dotard" and Kim "Little Rocket Man". "North Korea has nuclear weapons".
Balakrishnan had visited Washington earlier in the week and met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton.
The file also reveals Kim would actually hit other students, was not exactly a top pupil and would often punctuate his conversations with creepy declarations like "some day you will all remember me".
North Korea has rejected giving up its arsenal unilaterally and defends its nuclear and missile programs as a deterrent against what it sees as US aggression.
The initial goal was the "complete denuclearisation" of the North.