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Kim covered by ‘wall of bodyguards’ strolls Singapore quay before meeting Trump

Kim covered by ‘wall of bodyguards’ strolls Singapore quay before meeting Trump

Though Trump has been criticized for his failure to demand more concessions from North Korea before agreeing to a face-to-face meeting, which experts say gives Kim the sort of legitimacy on the global stage he desires, downplaying expectations does two things.

Meanwhile, Law and Home Affairs Minister Shanmugam is confident that security is in place for the Trump-Kim summit.

"South Korean national news agency Yonhap warned of the consequences there would be if Trump walked out of "the historic summit without a written agreement" ahead of the mid-term elections".

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.

In return, Kim, said to be in his mid-thirties, called Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard". Forging a peace treaty involving South Korea may be another topic of the Trump-Kim meeting.

Trump will hold a press conference and leave Singapore later Tuesday, the White House said, noting that negotiations "have moved more quickly than expected". Trump descended from Air Force One into the steamy Singapore night, greeting officials and declaring he felt "very good" before being whisked away to his hotel via a route lined with police and photo-snapping onlookers.

Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the USA and North Korea. Technically, the United States and North Korea remain in a state of war.




Messrs. Trump and Kim are expected to meet face-to-face on Tuesday morning to discuss prospects of a deal in which North Korea would give up nuclear capabilities in exchange for help opening its economy.

"I bet the North will not abandon nuclear weapons", he said, adding that the USA and its allies should use both "carrots and sticks" to force the North to do so.

Regardless, Trump seemed determined to keep his meeting with Kim low-key, dangling the possibility of a future summit in the USA if things go well this week.

But many, if not all analysts, say that this is highly unlikely, given how hard it has been for Kim to build his program and that the weapons are seen as the only protection he has.

"I have little expectation from the summit", he said. 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. "I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people and he has that opportunity".

But last month, Trump abruptly cancelled the Singapore summit, citing the "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang.