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

Saul Bowman
June 11, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore Sunday for an unprecedented summit with Donald Trump, an attempt to address the last festering legacy of the Cold War, with the U.S. president calling it a "one time shot" at peace.

The summit is a plus for Singapore, he added.

The president told reporters that it's "so far, so good" as he headed into what he called "unknown territory in the truest sense". "I just, my touch, my feel, that's what, that's what I do".

He also praised the North Koreans, saying they have been "really working very well with us" during preparations for the summit.

When Trump and Kim meet at 9am local time on Tuesday at Sentosa, a resort island off Singapore's port, they will be making history.

It was only Monday morning North Korea time that the Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, reported Kim was in Singapore, had met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and would meet Trump on Tuesday.

The US president was the first of the G7 leaders to leave the summit in Canada where he briefed his peers on the meeting.

"We will have seen each other. The scale is bigger, the number of journalists coming is huge, even more than what we had for the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and World Bank meetings (in Singapore in 2006)", he said.

"He could take that nation with those great people and truly make it great", Trump said. "I don't think I have to prepare very much".

Chen Ziyang, 28, who was queueing for a picture, said the impersonators had "almost 99 percent resemblance to the real Kim and Trump".

Many gathered at Bugis Junction mall, some with their smartphones raised, hoping to get a glimpse of the Kim Jong Un impersonator, who goes by his stage name of Howard X, and his partner, Donald Trump lookalike Dennis Alan, 64.

After North Korea carried out a series of long-range missile tests that potentially put the USA mainland in range of a nuclear strike, Trump promised to respond with "fire and fury".

Word does get around, however, and the prospect of a meeting between Kim and Trump had already been on the public's radar.

Officials who arrived with Trump include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

According to BBC, before setting off, US President Trump described the summit as a "one-time shot" at peace and said the two were in "unknown territory in the truest sense".

But the president insisted the United States was leaving no stone unturned in its preparations, while warning that patience was needed.

Still, questions remain about what a deal on the North's nuclear weapons could look like. "I would say that would be the minimal".

"There's a good chance it won't work out", he added. "It will be a process".

Rodman also appeared twice on Trump's pre-presidential reality TV show "Celebrity Apprentice". Again accusing the longtime US ally of unfair trade practices, Trump added: "Then Justin acts hurt when called out!"

Mr Trump has not approached the North Korea crisis with kid gloves and seems unlikely to adjust his tactics now.

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