US President Donald Trump on Sunday arrived in Singapore ahead of his summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump and Kim are due to hold talks – at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, in which Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal will top the agenda. Trump has earlier described this meeting as a “one-time shot” at peace.
Earlier on Sunday, the North Korean leader arrived at Singapore’s Changi airport and was welcomed by Singapore’s foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan. The latter posted a picture of him shaking hands with Kim with a message on Twitter: “Welcomed Chairman Kim Jong Un, who has just arrived in Singapore.” Later Kim travelled through central Singapore in his armoured Mercedes-Benz limousine under heavy security.
Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong told reporters, that “from our point of view, it’s important that the meeting take place and that the meeting sets developments on a new trajectory — one that will be conducive to the security and stability of the region.” The PM in his earlier interview had said that his government is spending about $15 million in total on hosting the summit.