Business as usual in North Korea as public unaware of summit

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The first-ever meeting between a sitting United States president and a North Korean leader will take place at a hotel on the Singaporean resort island of Sentosa.

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 USA administrations have failed to do.

Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!

The format for the historic talks, at a luxury island hotel, was still far from clear. The session will be expanded to a bilateral meeting and will include advisors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday said he was ready to meet his USA counterpart Donald Trump as soon as Washington was ready, adding Vienna could be a possible venue for such a summit.

Two South Korean media staff have been deported after being arrested for illegally entering the North Korean ambassador's residence in Singapore, police said on June 10.

The lead-up to the conference has been very shaky since it was first conceived in May, with several cancellations and threats of cancellation having taken place between the two mercurial leaders, mostly mitigated by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The cost of the summit for Singapore was some $15 million, Singapore Prime Minister Lee told reporters Sunday at the media center the city-state had constructed to deal with the enormous global demand.

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Shortly after arriving, Kim visited the presidential palace, the Istana, to meet with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien-loong.

Kim arrived in Singapore on board an Air China 747 that, according to flight tracking website Flightradar24, took off from Pyongyang in the morning ostensibly bound for Beijing then changed its flight number in midair and headed south.

If it follows the usual routine, state media will probably wait until the event is over before it puts out its first reports.

As Kim's black Mercedes arrived at the St Regis hotel in downtown Singapore, it was flanked by bodyguards in identical black suits jogging alongside the vehicle. He was welcomed by Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and headed straight to The St. Regis hotel.

"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.

Trump arrived later on Sunday from the Canadian city of Quebec, where he attended a G7 summit with other world leaders.

Trump's arrival in Singapore came off the back of a tense G7, where he dug his heels in about unfair trade, particularly with Canada. "But we appreciate your hospitality and professionalism and your friendship".

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