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Singapore summit a victory for Kim Jong Un, but better than war

Singapore summit a victory for Kim Jong Un, but better than warNicholas Kristof, columnist for the New York Times, points out that while Kim Jong Un will be able to use his meeting with Donald Trump for propaganda purposes, the attention encourages him toward normalcy and moves both sides farther from all-out war.



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Kim Jong Un's Jogging Bodyguard Unit Make Another Appearance in Singapore

Kim Jong Un's Jogging Bodyguard Unit Make Another Appearance in SingaporeNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore Sunday for a historic summit with President Donald Trump — and running alongside his motorcade were his detachment of bodyguards.



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North Koreans finally told about Kim Jong-un's Singapore summit with Donald Trump

North Koreans finally told about Kim Jong-un's Singapore summit with Donald TrumpNorth Koreans were offered a rare glimpse into their reclusive leader’s schedule on Monday after the tightly controlled state media issued surprisingly detailed reports of his trip to Singapore.  In a seven-minute morning bulletin, star newsreader Ri Chun Hee, 75, revealed the news of Kim Jong-un’s arrival in the tiny Asian city-state 3,000 miles south of Pyongyang in her typically melodramatic style, clad, as always for major announcements, in a traditional Korean pink and black dress.  For decades, Ms Ri has been entrusted with announcing great moments in North Korean history. Against the backdrop of Mount Paektu, a dormant volcano symbolising Korean nationhood, she said Kim had met Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore’s prime minister, and would hold talks with President Donald Trump.  The Rodong Sinmun newspaper had a two-page colour spread on Kim’s departure for a “historic summit” and the Korean Central News Agency declared that the meeting would address denuclearisation, permanent peace on the Peninsula and other matters “required by the changed era.” The coordinated messaging appeared to be designed both to prime the North Korean public for potential change, and also to dispel rumours that Kim did not wish to publicise the trip – his first as leader outside of his own borders or nearby China – for fear of a coup.  Trump-Kim summit in pictures: Best photos from Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un's meeting in Singapore The Rodong Sinmun spread underlined that Kim would be meeting Trump to discuss “wide-ranging and profound views” to establish new US-North Korea relations. Talks would include a “durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula,” it added.  Carefully chosen photos used in TV and print reports attempted to maximise Kim’s statesman-like image. Mr Trump’s agreement to meet with him, the first time a sitting president has ever done so, has handed a political coup to the young leader who rose to power in 2011.  A two-page color spread in this morning's Rodong Sinmum: North Korea announces that Kim Jong Un has left for a "historic summit" with the president of the United States. Clearly shows that he left in a Chinese plane too. pic.twitter.com/UBhZC1YzRa— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) June 10, 2018 Ri Chun Hee’s broadcast showed stills of Kim inspecting a guard of honour at Pyongyang airport before his departure to Singapore, and of his motorcade approaching the downtown luxury St Regis hotel where he is staying.  Kim was also shown shaking the hand of Prime Minister Lee, as well as several shots of the two leaders seated a table in the Istana hotel while holding bilateral talks.  Pictures used by state media also clearly showed Kim boarding a Chinese chartered plane, waving to wellwishers while standing next to a painted Chinese national flag. North Korean TV just aired a report on Kim's Sunday departure, arrival and meet with Singapore PM. 5 repeats scheduled today. If you're curious what "Donald J Trump" sounds like in Korean, see if you can hear Ri Chun Hee say his name. Full video: t.co/LpEIyUOAwUpic.twitter.com/jE9u3Nhaiy— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) June 11, 2018 The Air China 747 was reportedly chosen over Kim’s aging Russian-made Ilyushin-62 private jet, for safety reasons.  However, analysts noted that it was uncommon for Pyongyang’s media to reveal the charter of a foreign plane, which contradicted the North Korean government’s ideology of “juche”, the principle of self-reliance.  Some speculated that the carefully stage-managed pictures were deliberately intended to convey close bilateral ties with China after a long period of frosty relations.  “The charter of a Chinese airplane may have an effect of publicising China’s active support and cooperation to the North Korean people ahead of summit talks with the US,” Yang Moo-jin, a professor at Seoul’s University of North Korean studies told the Yonhap news agency.  Kim Jong-un meets Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore's prime minister Credit: Edgar Su/Reuters Three planes arrived from Pyongyang on Sunday, leading to much speculation before Kim arrived about which one he was on.  The IL-62, named Chammae-1 after North Korea’s national bird, was among them and was believed to be carrying Kim Yo-jong, the leader’s younger sister.  First to arrive was an IL-76 transport plane which, the Chosun Ilbo reported, contained not only Kim’s bullet-proof stretch limousine and food for the trip, but his personal portable toilet.  The portaloo, which first featured at the inter-Korean summit with Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s president, in April, is reportedly an extreme security measure to prevent foreign powers from discovering sensitive details about Kim’s health by collecting stool samples.    The paranoid supreme leader has also brought his jogging security guards with him, who have already been spotted running beside his Mercedes Benz in suits and ties despite Singapore's 35 degrees heat. The elite bodyguards were a popular distraction at the inter-Korean summit in April when they first caught the world's attention.  While they may look like extras in a spoof Hollywood spy movie, the young men are hand-picked from the Korean People's Army and must have perfect eyesight, marksmanship and martial arts skills.  They are also entrusted with the all-important task of inspecting Kim's food, and with carrying the liquor and cigarettes he requires when on the road. Kim's smoking habit has caused some consternation in the Singaporean press, with the Straits Times pointing out that smoking is banned indoors, and speculating on whether special arrangements might be made to accommodate him. 



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North Korea state media plasters front pages with leader's Singapore trip

North Korea state media plasters front pages with leader's Singapore tripJust hours after Kim Jong Un wrapped up a surprise evening sightseeing tour of Singapore on Monday, the North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun crammed its front page with photographs snapped of the reclusive leader. The official newspaper of the Workers' Party of Korea featured 14 photographs, covering more than half of the front page of its Tuesday issue, showing Kim jovially walking with oficials from the city-state at a tropical garden as well as beside an infinity pool. The speed of the coverage in Rodong Sinmun and other state media is unusual in a country where events are often reported a full day, if not longer, after they happen. The sense of fun in the reporting is also a contrast with the more sober way in which the North Korean media would usually handle an official trip. It appears to reflect a new confidence among officials in North Korea that the isolated country has really been accepted onto the world stage. This is the furthest Kim is known to have traveled since he came to power in 2011 and there has never previously been a meeting between a US president and a North Korean leader. Kim Jong Un's late night stroll through Singapore makes the front page of the Rodong Sinmun back home – very unusual to see them report at this speed pic.twitter.com/qGcIuV7ssH— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) June 11, 2018 Despite all pomp and circumstance, ordinary North Koreans are not confident that improvement in relations between the North and the United States will last long and give them a better economy, defectors say. "They weren't too excited about the summit. North Korea had rice and medicine aid from the United States and other countries before, but that did not trickle down to ordinary people," said Park Hyun-sook, a defector who spoke to two relatives inside the North by phone on Saturday. "Under sanctions, we have figured out the way to live on our own. Even under any better relationship with the U.S., it would be the same," Park told Reuters. Park used to smuggle North Korean goods into China to make a living near the border. North Korean TV just aired a report on Kim's Sunday departure, arrival and meet with Singapore PM. 5 repeats scheduled today. If you're curious what "Donald J Trump" sounds like in Korean, see if you can hear Ri Chun Hee say his name. Full video: t.co/LpEIyUOAwUpic.twitter.com/jE9u3Nhaiy— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) June 11, 2018 Many North Koreans are still filled with deep-rooted distrust towards Trump, which state media previously called a "lunatic old man", said Daily NK, a news website run by North Korean defectors who retain contacts with sources inside. North Korea's official media brought a large number of reporters and camera operators to Singapore for the Kim trip, and they had access to various locations that was denied to media from elsewhere in the world. For previous trips by Kim to China, state media had mostly reported the visits after Kim had returned to Pyongyang. In the case of the inter-Korea summit – which began on the morning of April 27 – the coverage was largely delayed until early the next day. In addition to the pictures of Kim on the tour on Tuesday, separate landscape shots of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, and a bird's-eye view of Singapore from the hotel's observation deck were also shown. The meeting was played out on huge screens in central Tokyo Credit:  Koji Sasahara/ AP KCNA reported Kim as saying of the sightseeing tour that "Singapore is clean and beautiful and every building is stylish as he heard of in the past, adding he is going to learn a lot from the good knowledge and experience of Singapore in various fields in the future." On Monday, Rodong Sinmun had shown Kim just before departing Pyongyang for Singapore, shaking hands with his officials and waving his hand inside the entrance of an Air China airplane ahead of takeoff. State television aired the same photographs of Kim's departure as well as his arrival in Singapore and the North Korean leader's meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Presidential Palace. Protests, however, were held in South Korea where president Moon Jae-in watched on hopefully Credit:  JUNG YEON-JE/AFP The North Korean media still faces some barriers, though. It doesn't go live for such sensitive events. In the capital of Pyongyang, North Koreans watched a big TV screen playing still photographs of Kim's visit to Singapore and read a newspaper about the trip at a subway station, media photographs showed. But, on Tuesday, while all other international networks went live with Kim and Trump's first handshake and opening remarks at their meeting, the official Korean Central Television remained blank, choosing not to break with its usual broadcast schedule that usually begins five hours later.



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Trump And Kim Sign Joint Agreement As Historic Singapore Summit Closes

Trump And Kim Sign Joint Agreement As Historic Singapore Summit ClosesSINGAPORE ― After hours of closed-door discussions in a Singapore hotel on



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What would 'success' at Singapore summit mean?

What would 'success' at Singapore summit mean?What should we look for from the Trump-Kim summit? Reciprocity, concrete commitments by both sides and the designation of point persons by each side with the authority to drive the process forward.



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Host Country Singapore Shells Out $15 Million On Trump-Kim Summit

Host Country Singapore Shells Out $  15 Million On Trump-Kim SummitSINGAPORE ― Playing host to one of the 21st century's most highly watched



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Flight from Pyongyang lands in Singapore ahead of North Korean leader's arrival

Flight from Pyongyang lands in Singapore ahead of North Korean leader's arrivalBy Dewey Sim and Fathin Ungku SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A rare direct flight from Pyongyang landed in Singapore on Saturday ahead of the expected arrival of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss ending the North’s isolation and its nuclear program. The arrival of the Air China Airbus 330 flight at Changi airport raised speculation that a delegation of North Korean officials joined an advance team headed by Kim’s close aide, Kim Chang Son, who was in Singapore to prepare for the talks.



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Trump arrives in Singapore for historic summit with Kim Jung Un

Trump arrives in Singapore for historic summit with Kim Jung UnTrump said Saturday that the summit represents a “one-time shot” for Kim to show he’s serious about nuclear disarmament.



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President Trump and Kim Jong Un Arrive in Singapore Ahead of High-Stakes Summit

President Trump and Kim Jong Un Arrive in Singapore Ahead of High-Stakes SummitNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore ahead of their sit-down Tuesday.



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