Singapore Postcard: Summit a chance to showcase its food

Singapore Postcard: Summit a chance to showcase its food

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un shakes hands with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore.

But then again, nothing about this summit is routine.

Ahead of the summit, Trump told reporters that within the first minute of his meeting with Kim he will know whether or not he is serious about the talks.

Singapore officials said Sunday that two South Korean journalists arrested on suspicion of trespassing at the residence of the North Korean ambassador have been deported.

The agency suggested that in Singapore, Yachi might hold a meeting with Trump's national security adviser John Bolton.

Lee is due to met Kim later on Sunday and Trump on Monday.

"He would be there, he would be running his country, his country would be very rich", Trump said in May, noting that Libya "was a much different model" and not applicable in this case.

The talks, scheduled for Tuesday, will be the first between a U.S. and North Korean leader, and follow delicate diplomatic manoeuvres. Kim landed at Singapore's Changi airport shortly before 3 p.m. local time Sunday and traveled in his armored Mercedes Benz limousine through one of the island state's swankiest shopping districts to the five-star St. Regis Hotel.

Mr Kim arrived on a plane loaned from China along with his outspoken Foreign Minister, Ri Yong-ho, Defence Minister No Kwang-chol and his sister Kim Yo-jong.

However, he played down the possibility of a quick breakthrough and said the summit, which gets underway on Tuesday at 9am (11am AEST) should set the framework for "the hard work that will follow", insisting that North Korea had to move toward complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a bilateral meeting at the G7 Summit in in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018.

Since Kim made a decision to reach out through diplomatic means to the South in January of this year, he has signaled that he is prepared to accept certain aspects of the US-South Korea military alliance.

"You know, I think that facility in Singapore is good for that", Richardson added.

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.

But questions remain over Kim's willingness to fully abandon his nuclear program, dismantle weapons and allow independent experts in to verify and inspect every site in the country that might be involved. We appreciate the working together with North Korea.

Kim held summits with Chinese President Xi Jinping in March and May ahead of the meeting with Trump.

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