Inside Singapore's $20m Trump-Kim summit showcase

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"When I woke up this morning, I saw the news in the newspaper that our respected marshal went to Singapore for the North Korea-US summit", said Han Il-gwang, a Pyongyang resident, displaying typical discretion. US President Donald Trump is set to arrive in the city-state later on Sunday. It's a reflection of the intense global curiosity over Kim's sudden turn to diplomacy in recent months after a slew of North Korean nuclear and missile tests previous year raised serious fears of war.

The story was reported the front page of the ruling party's newspaper and was the only item on Monday's first news broadcast on Korean Central Television, which for many in the North is the only channel available.

Both the USA and North Korea have to agree on a venue that meets their requirements and is "politically and diplomatically" acceptable to them as well, he said.

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Kim likely delegated authority to watch over the arsenal to one of a number of trusted North Korean officials who stayed in Pyongyang, including Choe Ryong Hae, one of several senior leaders who saw Kim off at the airport as he departed for Singapore, said Michael Madden, a leadership expert with the 38 North website, which monitors North Korea.

While the White House update detailed the size of the meeting, the expected length of the meeting hasn't been released.

The summit will be the first meeting between Trump and Kim and mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.

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In the weeks leading up to the summit in Singapore, Trump praised Kim as "very honorable" and "very open", a stark contrast from the "Little Rocket Man" moniker Trump had previously bestowed on the North Korean leader.

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"No", he said, "I don't feel unsafe". I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people, and he has that opportunity.

"It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before".

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