The Twisted Timeline of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un

Trump-Kim impersonators meet fans ahead of summit

Trump-Kim impersonators meet fans ahead of summit

With all the worldwide attention focused on Singapore and the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang must be buzzing with excitement, right? It is a high-stakes bid to try to solve the issue of nuclear weapons that has dogged four U.S. presidents.

How did we get here?

Mr Kim's itinerary was reported in detail, which is a rarity for the state's media, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

Kim has met twice with both Moon and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Now North Korean officials will nearly certainly emphasize preventing any sudden mishaps in Kim Jong Un's first visit to a foreign country other than China or South Korea since taking power, said Kim Doo-hyun, professor of protection politics at Korea National Sport University.

Who are the main players?

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have discussed bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the city-state's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It will confer a sense of legitimacy on his rogue nation.

"Trump will hype this relentlessly, no matter what comes of it", tweeted Robert E Kelly, a political science professor at Pusan National University in South Korea who is town to comment on the summit for the BBC.

Enemies since the 1950-53 Korean War, leaders of North Korea and the United States have never met previously - or even spoken on the telephone.

Many gathered at Bugis Junction mall, some with their smartphones raised, hoping to get a glimpse of the Kim Jong Un impersonator, who goes by his stage name of Howard X, and his partner, Donald Trump lookalike Dennis Alan, 64.

The US wants North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons but it is not clear what Pyongyang might want in return.

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What is the focus of the talks?

The MFA also said Lee will meet President Trump separately on Monday.

"It is a cost we are willing to pay", he said on Sunday, adding that security costs would account for about half of that figure. Beyond sanctions, USA officials say they successfully persuaded more than 20 countries to downgrade or end diplomatic ties with North Korea.

Trump is far less predictable, but badly needs the kudos that a successful summit will bring ahead of congressional elections in November.

Both sides have traditionally had radically different definitions of the word "denuclearisation".

Kim may be interested in getting aid and eventual investment to stabilize and then rebuild a crumbling economy. In diplomatic speak this is known as complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement, or CVID for short. Hopefully we will have liked each other and we'll start that process.

Another possibility from the summit is a possible deal to end the Korean War.

Authorities in Singapore imposed tight security around the summit venue and related luxury hotels, including installing extra pot plants outside one contender for Kim's accommodation to obstruct reporters' views.

In the protocol-heavy world of diplomacy, everything is imbued with meaning. She led a North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea. However, the South Carolina Republican noted that he is "not here to spread democracy" or to unite the North with South Korea.

What are the likely outcomes?

But he added, "It looks like the U.S.is no longer a reliable partner in global agreements, and that's bad". He also said additional economic restrictions were ready to be implemented should the talks fall apart. "North Korea tensions resurface, Russian Federation is unlikely to support new rounds of sanctions on North Korea", said Artyom Lukin, a professor at Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok.

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