Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore

Shanmugam is Singapore's Minister for Law and Home Affairs and he has the responsibility to make sure that the summit, the first between a sitting USA president and a North Korean top leader, goes without a hitch from the security point of view. Mr. Trump arrived later Sunday. Kim is hoping Trump will relieve the economic sanctions that have crippled the North Korean economy.

Many questions remain unanswered, however, including whether the North Koreans have robust enough communication systems to make sure no one panics and launches an attack, said Vipin Narang, an associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Security Studies Program.

Trump thanked the prime minister for Singapore's efforts to host the summit, the first-ever between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, at a hotel on the city-state's resort island of Sentosa on Tuesday.

Mr Kim inspecting the honour guard in Pyongyang before departing for Singapore on June 10, 2018.

Kim's summit with Trump has captured intense global attention after a turn to diplomacy in recent months after serious fears of war previous year amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests. Trump seemed to be working actively to define expectations downward following an Oval Office meeting last month with North Korean vice chairman Kim Yong Chol.

Kim is scheduled to begin a summit Tuesday with President Trump.

"The Police seek the understanding and cooperation of the public as these measures are necessary to ensuring the security of the summit", it added.

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It initially was meant to rid the North of its weapons, to forge the "complete denuclearization" of the country.

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.

Mr Trump, who is in Singapore for the first time since he took office in January 2017, is also due to have a separate meeting with Mr Lee at the same venue on Monday.

"If I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time", he said.

Meanwhile, diplomats from the U.S. and North Korea met behind closed doors at The Ritz-Carlton hotel, in a bid to narrow their differences ahead of the Trump-Kim summit tomorrow.

"I feel that Kim Jong-Un wants to do something great for his people".

"I know Singapore is a very hot country, so I wish that our respected marshal stays healthy and comes back in good health".

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