Donald Trump and Kim
Jong-un have flown into Singapore, for a meeting that has the
potential to be the most significant political summit in decades. It
could also be a complete flop.
Mr Trump arrived in the
country's Paya Lebar Air Base aboard Air Force One, having flown
directly from the turbulent G7 meeting in Canada, where he fought
with his supposed allies and refused to sign a joint communique.
Those hoping Mr Trump’s
meeting with the North Korean leader helps bring about peace to the
region and wider world, will be praying the US president is more
diplomatic with Mr Kim than he was with Canadian prime minister,
Justin Trudeau, who he called “very dishonest and weak”.
When he landed at around
8.20pm on Sunday, Mr Trump was asked by a reporter how he felt about
the upcoming meeting, for which he has reportedly prepared minimally.
He replied: “Very good.” His motorcade, including the reinforced
“Beast” Cadillac limousine, made its way to the Shangri-La hotel,
where a sweating line of photographers and a small crowd of people
were waiting to see him pass.
“It’s exciting, but I
am also anxious,” said a woman who asked to be identified only by
her first name, Kim. “Kim can change his mind at any time. Mr Trump
also likes to get his own way.”
She added: “But if it
works, it’s for the good of the whole world. It will make history.”
Christine McDougal, a
Singaporean resident and US citizen, had arrived with a friend to
cheer the president’s arrival. “This is a such an important
moment,” said the 16-year-old student.
Kim Jong un arrives in
Singapore for historic summit with Donald Trump
Mr Kim had arrived
earlier in the afternoon, touching down at the nation’s main
airport, Changi, in a plane loaned to him by China. While North Korea
has proved it has been able to create a successful intercontinental
ballistic missile, there are questions about the air worthiness of
its aircraft for anything other than short journeys. Like Mr Trump,
Mr Kim was received at the airport by Singapore’s foreign minister,
He then made his way to
the St Regis, one of the nation’s most exclusive and expensive
hotels. It is understood that Singapore has agreed to meet the costs
of Mr Kim’s bill.
While the two hotels were
surrounded by media on Sunday, it will be the Capella hotel on the
island of Sentosa, half a mile off shore, where all attention will
turn on Tuesday. It is there, in a building designed by British
architect Norman Foster, that Mr Trump and Mr Kim are due to meet,
starting at 9am.
When Mr Trump initially
agreed to meet with the North Korean leader, the US president spoke
of his hope that their encounter could secure a major breakthrough
and lead to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.