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Singapore PM Lee Meets North Korean Leader Kim

6/11/2018 1:06:14 PM
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana on June 10, two days ahead of a summit  with United States President Donald Trump.

"The entire world is focusing on the historic summit between the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the US, and thanks to your sincere efforts ... we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit, and I would like to thank you for that," Mr Kim told PM Lee through an interpreter. "I have the expectation that this (summit) will be very successful,” he added.

During the meeting, Mr Lee and Mr Kim discussed Singapore-North Korea relations, as well as developments in the region.

"We discussed developments in the Korean Peninsula, as well as in the region,"said Mr Lee in a Facebook post. "I complimented him on his decision to meet President Trump, and wished him a successful summit and a good stay in Singapore."

The meeting took place less than four hours after Mr Kim arrived in an Air China 747 at the Changi Airport, where he was received by Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Education Minister Ong Ye Kung.

Mr Kim is staying at the St Regis Hotel and Mr Trump at the Shangri-La Hotel.

The two leaders are to meet on June 12 at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island. More than 2,500 journalists have arrived in Singapore to cover the event.

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