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Kim Jong Un brings his own toilet to summit with Trump

Kim Jong Un touched down in Singapore in an Air China jet with North Korean state-owned media saying his meeting with Trump marks the start of a'changed era Trump Will Leave Summit With North Korea Early
Melinda Barton | 14 June, 2018, 04:02

The outlet also listed the individuals accompanying Kim to Singapore, including Kim Yong-chol, the USA -designated terrorist whom Kim sent to the White House two weeks ago, and Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un's sister, who made headlines attending the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The summit will be the first between a North Korean leader and a sitting American president.

Kim is scheduled to meet with President Trump on Tuesday.

The remarks came as North Korean and U.S. negotiators met in Singapore Monday for final preparations on the eve of an unprecedented summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, seeking to bridge the gaps over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

The Korean Central News Agency said issues of mutual concern, related to the "changed era", will be on the agenda at the summit, including bilateral relations, peace and denuclearization. In fact, only hours before the White House announcement, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had seemed to lower expectations for the meeting, which Trump had earlier predicted could potentially yield an on-the-spot deal to end the Korean War.

The details are in fact too complex for Trump and Kim to get into, he said, and ideally their meeting would give way to meetings of officials on the technical aspects, a process that would take "several years" in all. For Kim, one of the chief tasks from the summit - a legitimizing photo-op with a USA president - is now all but guaranteed.

This is the furthest a reigning North Korean President has ever travelled from Pyongyang in the country's history, and it appears Mr Kim used the opportunity to take in some of the sights.

Kim Jong Un has arrived in Singapore - and, if he is following his usual habit, so has his personal toilet.

"Trump will not want to bust up two summits in a row lest people conclude he is the problem", said Haas, predicting a more pliable president.

The summit capped a dizzying few days of foreign policy activity for Trump, who shocked US allies over the weekend by using a meeting in Canada of the Group of Seven industrialized economies to alienate America's closest friends in the West. Lashing out over trade practices, Trump lobbed insults at his G-7 host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Pompeo, who has twice met Kim, insisted Monday that Trump is fully prepared for his meeting with the North Korean leader.

Other foreign policy analysts said the failure of the G7 summit suggests Trump may not be able to strike a deal beneficial to the United States with anyone. He was quoted in a Washington Post article about arrangements for the Singapore summit.

Less than a year ago, Trump was threatening "fire and fury" against Kim, who in turn scorned the American president as a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

"The deep-rooted hostile relationship and the North Korean nuclear issue can not be resolved in one single action in a meeting between leaders".

"North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearise and we are eager to see if those words prove honest", he said.

Kim has sought to overhaul his image this year in a bid to ease global sanctions imposed after he tested nuclear bombs and long-range ballistic missiles.

"The ultimate objective we seek from diplomacy with North Korea has not changed - the complete, verifiable and irreversible de-nuclearization of the Korea peninsula is only outcome that the United States will accept", declared Pompeo.