POTUS Donald J Trump and NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong-un have arrived in Singapore for a scheduled summit Trump on Tuesday. The POTUS arrived from Canada. They will meet Singaporean PM before the historic summit. Trump described it as a “one-time shot” at peace and said the two were in “unknown territory”. Washington hopes the summit will kick-start a process that may compel North Korea to give up nuclear weapons, says BBC .Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal — which has seen it subjected to several sets of UN Security Council sanctions and threatened with military action by the Trump administration — will top the agenda, BBC reports .It will be first ever summit between a North Korean Leader and the POTUS after 65 years after the prolonged Korean War which resulted in creating two Koreas.
Kim arrived in Singapore on board an Air China 747 that according to flight tracking website Flightradar24 took off from Pyongyang in the morning ostensibly bound for Beijing, then changed its flight number midair and headed south. The city-state’s foreign minister Vivian Balakrishna tweeted a picture of himself shaking hands with Kim at Changi Airport, and the North Korean leader was driven into the centre in a stretch Mercedes-Benz limousine, accompanied by a convoy of more than 20 vehicles. Kim met Singaporean President Lee Hsien Loong later on Sunday, the city-state’s foreign ministry said. Trump headed to Singapore after attending the G7 Summit in Canada .Meanwhile, unprecedented tight security measures have been taken in and around the summit venue and related luxury hotels including installing extra pot plants outside Kim’s expected accommodation to obstruct reporters’ views. Washington is demanding the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation (CVID) of the North, while Pyongyang has so far only made public pledges of its commitment to the denuclearisation of the peninsula — a term open to wide interpretation — while seeking security guarantees. Former US deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage expected little progress on the key issue of defining denuclearisation.”The success will be in the shutter clicks of the cameras,” he said. “They both get what they want.” Trump insisted last week that the summit would “not be just a photo op”, saying it would help forge a “good relationship” that would lead to a peaceful and tension free world. It may be recalled that The North Korea invaded the South Korea in 1950 and in the US-led UN troops backed Seoul fight Pyongyang’s forces which were aided by Russia and China. Truce ended sealed the division of the peninsula into North and South Korea. But provocations by the North have continued while Pyongyang has made increasing advances in its nuclear arsenal saying it needs this to defend against the risk of a US invasion. South’s Winter Olympics in February led to a series of diplomatic moves as South’s leader Moon Jae-in sought to bring the two sides together. Kim has met twice both Moon and Xi Jinping, the president of China, long the North’s most important ally. Pyongyang has taken some steps to show sincerity, returning US detainees.(image courtesy Wikipedia)