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Kim Jong Un Surprises Crowds in Singapore With Late-Night Tour

Kim Jong Un Surprises Crowds in Singapore With Late-Night Tour

"When I woke up this morning, I saw the news in the newspaper that our respected marshal went to Singapore for the North Korea-US summit", said Han Il-gwang, a Pyongyang resident, displaying typical discretion.

Trump initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile programme that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States, insisting he would swiftly achieve what previous US administrations have failed to do.

But last month, Trump abruptly cancelled the Singapore summit, citing the "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang. The North Korean autocrat's every move will be followed by 3,000 journalists up until he shakes hands with Trump.

Many questions remain unanswered, however, including whether the North Koreans have robust enough communication systems to make sure no one panics and launches an attack, said Vipin Narang, an associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Security Studies Program.

On Tuesday, June 12, the first-ever meeting of sitting leaders of the United States and North Korea will take place in Singapore.

The White House said the daylong summit would also include a working lunch and a larger meeting involving aides to both leaders.

Even if Kim offers only "a fine-sounding rhetorical commitment, and maybe a few missile surrendered or some site closures", he said, Trump will "market this thing as something extraordinary for his voters back home".

When the two meet in Singapore for high-stakes nuclear negotiations, Trump will be accompanied, as always, by a staffer carrying his "button" in the form of the "nuclear football" containing equipment used to authorize a strike.

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Hammering out a complete plan for North Korea's denuclearization would be "an impossible chore" at this summit, Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution told NPR.

The KCNA report was unusual in its clarity, mentioning the "historic first summit meeting and talks" between Kim and Trump.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said Mr Trump's "ultimate objective" will be the "irreversible" denuclearisation of Mr Kim's regime.

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

The summit will instead focus on the country's nuclear weapons arsenal.

Larry Kudlow, Trump's economic adviser, said Sunday on CNN that Trudeau's criticism had damaged Trump's prestige before the summit - and that's why Trump reacted so strongly.

"No", he said, "I don't feel unsafe".

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