Kim's night out: North Korea leader visits Singapore attractions

He also told Lee the decision to hold the summit in the island city-state of Singapore was "made very consciously" and offered thanks.

Both sides also worked to finalize preparations for the unprecedented summit. "However, now there are good chances to push North Korean nuclear/missile programme back, for many years perhaps, and keep it that way for some time". He was accompanied by his sister Kim Yo Jong and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.

He said if diplomacy fails to move in the right direction, the sanctions "will increase".

North Korea has changed its narrative in recent months.

Before flying home, Trump planned to speak to reporters in Singapore after concluding the summit, the White House said. He had earlier been scheduled to leave on Wednesday.

But many, if not all analysts, say that this is highly unlikely, given how hard it has been for Kim to build his program and that the weapons are seen as the only protection he has.

Days earlier, in the North Korean village of Panmunjom, negotiations between diplomats from Washington and Pyongyang stalled when North Korea's vice-foreign minister Choe Son-hui said that denuclearization "should not be on the table for the Singapore summit" - a demand that would nullify the meeting's objective from the White House's perspective.

The best-case scenario is a return to the era of insults, threats and occasional skirmishes between North and South Korea.

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His first stop was a waterfront park with futuristic installations, Gardens by the Bay, which boasts the largest glass greenhouse and tallest indoor waterfall in the world.

If Trump and Kim fail in Singapore, "the result may be to enhance North Korean dependency on Seoul and Beijing as safety valves against the prospect of renewal of US-(North Korea) confrontation", according to Scott Snyder, a Korea expert at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Trump suggested last week the two leaders may sign a peace agreement to formally end the Korean War 65 years after the armistice that ceased military hostilities.

Just a few months ago, Kim was an worldwide pariah accused of ordering the killing of his uncle, a half-brother and scores of officials suspected of disloyalty.

"This will not be just a photo-op", Mr. Trump said last Thursday during a news conference after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan visited the White House.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un inspects an honour guard ahead of his departure to Singapore in Pyongyang June 10, 2018. Trump and Kim planned to meet one-on-one for most of an hour- joined only by translators.

They believe Kim's latest engagement is aimed at getting the United States to ease the crippling sanctions that have squeezed the impoverished country. It's where former Chinese President Hu Jin Tao stayed during the 2009 APEC Summit (and don't tell Trump, but Hillary Clinton stayed there in 2011, too).

"The process could be doomed before it begins".

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