Kim summit to cost Singapore 'around $20 million': PM Lee

  • Kim summit to cost Singapore 'around $20 million': PM Lee

Kim summit to cost Singapore 'around $20 million': PM Lee

Donald Trump has arrived in Singapore only a couple of hours after Kim Jong-Un.

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new U.S. -DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.

During a tour of various attractions in Singapore on Monday, Kim said "Singapore is clean and attractive and every building is stylish" as he had heard of in the past, according to the KCNA.

He said he expected the Trump-Kim summit to "go fairly well" but added, "people should not expect too much for the first time".

In the lead-up to the summit, USA and North Korean officials were convening contentious final-hour negotiations in a Ritz Carlton hotel here in a bid to narrow gaps on key aspects of the meeting.

In the past two months, he has met twice with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and twice with China's leader Xi Jinping.

The statement comes on the heels of Trump slamming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as dishonest and weak while instructing his advisors to back out of a joint statement he had agreed to with USA allies at the G-7 summit. He implied to White House reporters last month during a background briefing that reinstating the summit after Trump canceled it would have been almost impossible. Delegates were outlining specific goals for what Trump and Kim should try to accomplish and multiple scenarios for how key issues can be resolved. -North Korea contact, the official said. -North Korea meetings, including translators, photographers and logistical staff, asking how they can be sure they are not actually spies.

Many experts on North Korea remain sceptical Kim will ever completely abandon nuclear weapons, believing his engagement aims to get the United States to ease crippling sanctions. He continued to tweet angrily at Trudeau from Singapore, saying Monday "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

At the start of the meeting the American president told the North Korean leader: "Working together we will get it taken care of. we will solve it".

Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire USA mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the US and the North.

Kim has shown surprising diplomatic skills in his meetings with overseas leaders this year.

It's not just the logistics of Kim's trip that are unclear.

"They may be able to pull rabbits out of a hat that the rest of us conventional diplomats would not have been able to do", he said. "I just fell in love with the country".

Mr Lee also wished Mr Kim success for the summit, and expressed the hope that it would improve prospects for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in the wider region.