Singapore: Historic meeting between Trump, Kim will take place tomorrow

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North Korea's official newspaper Rodong Sinmun proclaimed Kim's arrival in Singapore on its front page, in unusually swift coverage of his global visit.

And although he is his country's Supreme Leader, Kim does not hold the title of President.

US allies are anxious that Trump could upend decades of worldwide precedent, NPR's Mara Liasson reported on Weekend Edition Sunday.

After Kim met South Korean leader Moon Jae-in on April 28, many in Seoul remarked on the North Korean leader's curious "Swiss-influenced" Korean accent, and also how at ease he looked with his southern counterpart. But amid the curiosity is an even more fundamental question: Why is he taking this risk at all?

Hundreds of North Korean security experts have no doubt been up nights wondering how to safeguard Kim Jong Un since Trump shocked the world by accepting the North's invitation to meet.

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Kim's private plane did travel to Singapore, but is believed to have carried sister Kim Yo Jong and other top-ranking members of the delegation.

Bodyguards in dark suits jogged alongside his limousine.

KEIA's Gibson says that although North Korean language tends to be highly formal, she would not be surprised if Kim displayed similar informality on June 12, for example, by joking about Trump's Rocket Man moniker.

Singapore's The Straits Times reported earlier this month that the Singapore government declared that four black BMW sedans with armored bodies that can withstand gunshots, explosives and grenades were exempt from certain traffic rules through June 30.

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. How can such rallies take place there? In fact, the president has said that he doesn't need to gear up for the summit.

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Earlier on Sunday, Trump's Air Force One landed at Paya Lebar Air Base in the central east of Singapore after undertaking a 17-hour long flight from Quebec Canada where he attended the G7 summit.

The short answer might be that, despite his safety worries, Kim could end up getting much more out of this summit than he will have to give up.

The Singapore government offered itself as a neutral site for the first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

Pompeo has maintained that complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization is the "only outcome" acceptable to the USA and that the Trump administration hopes ultimately to reach an agreement with the North Koreans that it can submit to Congress "so that when administrations do change, as they inevitably do, and this one will ... that Chairman Kim will have comfort that American policy will continue down the same path".

For decades, Ms Ri has been entrusted with announcing great moments in North Korean history.

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But in the lead up to the historic summit, several analysts have pointed out that the Trump administration doesn't have a clear plan for how it will approach the discussions, and that both sides of the negotiating table have very different ideas about what "denuclearization" means.

Trump told reporters the Singapore summit is "really a get-to-know-you kind of situation".

Then came the New Year, an Olympics in South Korea and change. Sung Kim, a former United States ambassador to South Korea who has been leading the USA in talks with North Korean Vice-Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui since last month, is said to be continuing the discussions with his counterpart in Singapore.

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