Final preparations begin as Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un set to meet in high-stakes summit


Singapore, June 11: Final preparations are underway in Singapore for Tuesday’s historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
US and North Korean officials are meeting Monday at the Ritz Carlton in this island city-state to negotiate before a sit-down meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal. It comes as officials are revealing more details about meeting — the first between a US president and North Korean leader.
A US official said Monday that after a handshake scheduled for 9 am Tuesday, Trump and Kim will first meet one on one with translators in a session that could last up to two hours before they open the meeting to their respective advisers. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.
The American president tweeted Monday morning: “Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!”
Still, even as he turned his attention to the summit, Trump continued his blistering attacks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday, saying “Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal.” Again accusing the longtime US ally of unfair trade practices, Trump added: “Then Justin acts hurt when called out!”
Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore hours apart Sunday. Trump descended from Air Force One into the steamy Singapore night, greeting officials and declaring he felt “very good” before being whisked away to his hotel via a route lined with police and photo-snapping onlookers. Trump travelled to Singapore from Canada, where he attended a meeting with other world leaders.
A jet carrying Kim landed hours earlier. After shaking hands with Singapore’s foreign minister, Kim sped through the streets in a limousine, two large North Korean flags fluttering on the hood, surrounded by other black vehicles with tinted windows and bound for the luxurious and closely guarded St. Regis Hotel.
Kim smiled broadly Sunday evening as he met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. (AFP)