North Korea's Kim in Singapore on cusp of making history with Trump summit
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore June 10, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un landed in Singapore on Sunday ahead of a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump that could end a nuclear stand-off between the old foes and transform the secretive, impoverished Asian country.
When Trump and Kim meet on the resort island of Sentosa on Tuesday they will be making history even before they start.
Enemies since the 1950-53 Korean War, the leaders of North Korea and the United States have never met previously – or even spoken on the phone.
Kim arrived at Singapore’s Changi Airport after his longest trip overseas as head of state wearing his trademark dark “Mao suit” and distinctive high cut hairstyle.
He was greeted by Singapore’s foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, who posted a picture on Twitter of him shaking hands with Kim and the message: “Welcomed Chairman Kim Jong Un, who has just arrived in Singapore.”
He disembarked an Air China jet followed by top officials including Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Kim Yong Chol, a close aide of Kim’s who has been instrumental in the diplomacy that culminated in the Tuesday summit.(Reuters)