North Korea leader Kim Jong Un scheduled to leave Singapore at 2pm on Tuesday

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un scheduled to leave Singapore at 2pm on Tuesday
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SINGAPORE - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is scheduled to depart Singapore at 2 pm local time on Tuesday, a source who is involved in the planning of his visit to the city-state for a summit with US President Donald Trump said on Sunday.

The Tuesday departure plan is tentative, the source said asking for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information.

Kim is scheduled to meet Trump at 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday to talk about ending his country's nuclear programme and transforming the isolated state which has been under harsh international sanctions for its defiant arms programme.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore for summit

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for the first time on Sunday.

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    The two leaders exchanged broad smiles and warm thank-yous when they met at the Istana.

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    Kim thanked Singapore for hosting the historic summit between him and US President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

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    North Korea's capacity for distraction and sleight of hand was on show Sunday as leader Kim Jong Un flew to Singapore for his summit with US President Donald Trump.

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    No fewer than three aircraft made their way to Singapore from Pyongyang airport, a facility that frequently sees fewer than three international flights a day. Instead, he flew on an Air China Boeing 747.

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    In Singapore, its high-profile passenger was met by Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, who tweeted a picture of himself shaking hands with Kim, who wore a dark lapel-less suit.

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    Kim was driven into the city-state in a convoy of more than 20 vehicles, including an ambulance, with North Korean television cameramen filming his progress through the sunroofs.

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    Reporters and photographers packed the pavements outside the St Regis hotel where Kim was to stay. Covers had been hung over the driveway and hotel security brought out additional potted plants to obstruct the view of the lobby.

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    Located just off Singapore's diplomatic district and a stone's throw away from the Orchard Road shopping belt, the modernist St Regis is tucked between an ageing building dotted with carpet shops and a sleepy high-end neighbourhood mall.

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    On the 20th floor, the ostentatiously opulent 335-square metre Presidential Suite, where Kim was believed likely to stay, features a Marc Chagall artwork and a white baby grand piano.

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    Its rooms are "lined with gold, and accented with precious metals like brass, onyx and silver", the hotel says on its website.

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    It does not give prices but the list price of a similar facility in New York is $35,000 a night.

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    Who will pick up the bill for the North Koreans' stay has been the subject of much speculation

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    Pyongyang has a history of trying to have others pay for its travel -- Seoul paid for its delegates to this year's Winter Olympics in the South.

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    But a Seoul presidential spokesman said it was "not considering it at all at the moment", while the US has insisted it will not foot the bill -- and is not asking anyone else to do so.

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    Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Sunday his government was spending around S$20 million to host the summit, around half of it on security.

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    "It's a cost that we are willing to pay. It's our contribution to an international endeavour which is in our profound interests," he said.

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    A North Korean cameraman is chased by media outside St Regis hotel, in Singapore

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Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un meet PM Lee Hsien Loong at Istana ahead of summit

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    US President Donald Trump expressed his gratitude on Monday (June 11) to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for Singapore’s role in hosting the summit between the United States and North Korea, saying he appreciated the hospitality, professionalism and friendship.

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    Mr Trump, in his presidential state car nicknamed The Beast, left the Shangri-La Hotel on Monday to meet PM Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana for the working lunch.

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    The two leaders shared a warm handshake in front of cameras at 12.45pm before they sat down for the meeting.

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    The Straits Times understands the lunch is being catered by Gordon Grill at Goodwood Park Hotel. Dishes on the menu include angus beef tenderloin and lobster bisque.

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    He is expected to have a meet and greet session with US embassy staff after his engagement at the Istana.

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    During the meeting, the officials also celebrated Mr Trump's birthday. He is turning 72 on June 14.

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    He was accompanied by a convoy of more than 30 vehicles.

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    Broad smiles and a firm handshake kicked off the first meeting between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday (June 10), as Singapore prepares to host a historic summit whose twists and turns have enraptured the world.

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    The two leaders discussed relations between their countries, developments in North Korea and the region, including recent positive developments on the Korean peninsula, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.

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    “Prime Minister Lee complimented the bold and admirable decision by Chairman Kim and President of the United States Donald Trump to come together for this Summit,” it said.

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    Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Koreas leader Kim Jong Un, gets in a vehicle, as she leaves for the Istana to meet with PM Lee.

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    Arrival of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's motorcade at the Istana.

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    Members of the public and tourists trying to get a glimpse of the arrival of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's motorcade at the Istana.

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    Members of the public and tourists trying to get a glimpse of the arrival of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's motorcade at the Istana.

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    Police salute as the vehicle carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un leaves the Istana

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    The vehicle carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un leaves the Istana, after a meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong,

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