Kim Jong Un arrives in Sinagpore ahead of summit with Trump

Kim Jong Un arrives in Sinagpore ahead of summit with Trump

US President Donald Trump is set to arrive in the city-state later on Sunday.

Kim landed at Singapore Changi International Airport and was greeted by Singapore's Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan.

A source involved in the planning of Kim's trip said he was scheduled to leave Singapore at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Cho added Singapore wouldn't have a hard time providing a secure location for North Korea as the country is often named one of the safest in the world. 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 previous year raised serious fears of war. It also successfully tested missiles that had enough range to reach the USA mainland.

Part of the interest in Tuesday's summit is simply a reflection of Kim's limited appearances on the world stage.

But North Korea's closest ally, China, has not been invited to take part in the Singapore summit.

On Thursday, Trump dangled the prospect of normalised relations with the United States, and even a White House visit for Kim if he ditched his nuclear arsenal. "We might see a similar scale of security personnel from North Korea and safety protocols as we did in April, but they'll also have help from Singapore like special vehicles and agents", said Cho Seong-ryoul, senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Strategy.

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Trump said he and Kim could even sign an agreement to end the Korean War, which was concluded only with a truce, not a peace treaty.

This would further reinforce the softer image Kim Jong Un has enjoyed in South Korea after the inter-Korean summit. Now, he said his main ambition is to build up the economy. Any deal would likely depend on North Korea's willingness to open its facilities for inspection.

After inheriting a nuclear program that was fitful and making little progress, Kim poured socialist North Korea's limited money into developing a nuclear-armed missile capable of hitting the United States.

For Kim, almost 40 years Trump's junior and representing the third generation of North Korea's ruling dynasty, the summit affords both him and his long-isolated country the worldwide legitimacy his father and grandfather could only dream of.

The fighting ended on July 27, 1953, but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the US -led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting.

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