Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

S$20m bill to host US-North Korea meeting

S$20m bill to host US-North Korea meeting

The social media platform has released various hashtags for the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

"Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!" he tweeted Monday.

During a security lockdown inside and outside Singapore's five-star St. Regis hotel before the arrival of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday, only two journalists moved freely along the blockaded street, flanked by crowds penned back by police.

Trump flew into Singapore's Paya Lebar Air Base on Sunday aboard Air Force One.

President Donald Trump has arrived in Singapore where he will meet with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.

Korean Studies Institute director David Kang lowered expectations for Tuesday's summit, saying: "The most we can hope to get out of this is that Kim and Trump find that they can have some working relationship".

Sanders says Trump spent his flight from Canada to Singapore "meeting with his staff, reading materials and preparing for his meetings in Singapore". It comes as officials are revealing more details about meeting - the first between a U.S. president and North Korean leader.

Trump, who is staying in a separate hotel, the Shangri-La, is due to meet Lee on Monday. Mr Trump wants Mr Kim to dismantle his nuclear arsenal entirely, thus giving up his only real deterrent and bargaining chip.

"Wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-US relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of actualizing the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern" will be discussed, state-run KCNA reported early Monday.

Pope Francis has prayed that the summit this week between the US and North Korean leaders succeeds in laying the groundwork for peace.

The jet landed at the airport Sunday afternoon amid huge security precautions on the city-state island.

Experts believe the North is on the brink of being able to target the entire United States mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the U.S. and the North.

Our Kim Hyo-sun tells us more.

She said Sung Kim, the USA ambassador to the Philippines, who has taken the lead on policy negotiations with the North, was set to hold a working group with a North Korean delegation at 10 a.m. Monday. It's a reflection of the intense global curiosity over Kim's sudden turn to diplomacy in recent months after a slew of North Korean nuclear and missile tests past year raised serious fears of war. As a part of that process, he also announced a suspension of nuclear and missile tests and the dismantlement of a key atomic testing facility that was carried out last month.

When a couple of guests were seen sneaking a photo, a North Korean official stormed up to them, demanding to check their phones.

North Korea has so far presented Kim's sudden diplomatic overtures to his neighbors and to the United States as a logical next step following what Kim has claimed is the completion of his plan to develop a credible nuclear deterrent to what Pyongyang has long claimed is a policy of hostility and "nuclear blackmail" by Washington.

It's Kim's pursuit of nuclear weapons that gives his meeting with Trump such high stakes.

Many remain sceptical Kim will ever completely abandon his nuclear programs.

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