North Korea's Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore for historic summit

North Korea's Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore for historic summit

North Korea's Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore for historic summit

The North Korean leader has already arrived in Singapore Sunday ahead of his meeting Trump, which may lead to the end of a nuclear stand-off between the countries. After shaking hands with the Singapore foreign minister, Kim sped through the city's streets in a large limousine, two large North Korean flags fluttering on the hood, surrounded by other black vehicles with tinted windows and bound for the luxurious and massively guarded St. Regis Hotel. Trump was headed to the meeting aboard Air Force One after a dramatic departure from the G7 summit in Canada.

Police warned of traffic congestion around the airport and along roads near the hotel, citing the North Korea-U.S. summit as a reason for the delays.

Kim is expected to arrive on Sunday afternoon, landing at Changi airport.

Kim arrived Sunday in Singapore ahead The North Korean motorcade, believed to be carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, travels along Singapore's Orchard Road, Sunday, June 10, 2018, ahead of the summit with USA leader Donald Trump. North Korea spent decades developing nuclear weapons, culminating in the test of a thermonuclear device in 2017.

News that the summit between the United States and North Korea is back on has generated optimism that sanctions on Pyongyang may ease and with that a boom in business.

The summit comes after weeks of sometimes-contentious discussions and was briefly cancelled amid North Korean outrage over messaging from some USA advisers.

Any nuclear deal will hinge on North Korea's willingness to allow unfettered outside inspections of the country's warheads and nuclear fuel, much of which is likely kept in a vast complex of underground facilities. Many remain sceptical Kim will ever completely abandon his nuclear programmes.

But since taking power in 2011 after his father's death, the youthful Kim has displayed a mixture of ruthlessness, pragmatism and statecraft to get this prize: to sit across the table with the leader of the United States and be treated as an equal. For Trump, a successful summit will see him achieve badly needed kudos on the global stage ahead of congressional elections in November.

Kim's journey from global pariah to being regarded as a responsible head of state has taken just a few months.

The historic meeting will be the first time a North Korean leader meets a sitting U.S. president and will take place on Sentosa island on Tuesday.

Singaporean media reported that he had arrived at 2.38 p.m. local time (0738 UTC) on Sunday.

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