Kim impersonators meet fans ahead of summit

Flight from Pyongyang lands in Singapore ahead of North Korean leader’s arrival

Trump, Kim arrive in Singapore ahead of high-stakes summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived Sunday in Singapore ahead of one of the most unusual summits in recent world history, a sit-down Tuesday with President Donald Trump.

In a letter on Monday, Senate Democrats outlined how they believe Trump should handle negotiations with Pyongyang, saying any deal should require that North Korea give up its nuclear and ballistic weapons programs.

Mr Trump's comments, made shortly before his departure for Singapore, underline his recent efforts to curb expectations for the summit, the first between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.

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Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore on Sunday for the historic summit with President Trump - and brought his army of bodyguards along with him.

There was speculation throughout the day over whether Kim Jong Un had taken his private jet- an Ilyushin IL-62M - from Pyongyang, but official photos released by the Singaporean Ministry of Communications and Information showing Kim meeting Balakrishnan on the tarmac appear to reveal that he flew to Singapore aboard an Air China Boeing 747.

Singapore will spend about 20 million dollars to host the historic summit between Trump and Kim, Prime Minister Loong revealed.

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During a promotional event dubbed the "real" Trump-Kim summit, the men waved at shoppers as they walked through the crowded Bugis Junction mall.

There was heightened security at the St Regis hotel in central Singapore, one of the hotels where the leaders were expected to stay.

"Thank you for all the donations you have been making to North Korea, well, me".

"I hope the first priority of the real meeting is to have Kim stop shooting off missiles and destabilizing the region".

Pope Francis has prayed that the summit this week between the US and North Korean leaders succeeds in laying the groundwork for peace.

Kim arrived at Singapore's Changi Airport and was also greeted by Balakrishnan.

"We will not let that problem stand, and the only alternative is to sit down and come up with an agreement and also make it such that there is an incentive for North Korea to do that", she said.

Kim smiled broadly Sunday evening as he met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

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"The entire world is watching the historic summit between [North Korea] and the United States of America, and thanks to your honest efforts ... we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit", Mr Kim told Mr Lee through an interpreter.

Last year, the North made one of the biggest breakthroughs in its missile and nuclear weapons programs - which it says it needs to defend against the risk of a USA invasion - when it announced that it had "completed" its state nuclear program after testing a missile capable of striking most, if not all, of the continental U.S.

The summit has fueled hopes in South Korea that the two leaders may weigh a formal declaration to end the Korean War.

The president said during a press conference Saturday that he expects to know "within the first minute" whether Kim is serious about denuclearization.

Any nuclear deal will hinge on North Korea's willingness to allow unfettered outside inspections of the country's warheads and radioactive materials, much of which is likely kept in a vast complex of underground facilities.

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