Donald Trump says there’s ‘excitement in the air’ as he lands in Singapore for historic peace summit with Kim Jong-un
DONALD Trump has said there’s “excitement in the air” hours after touching down in Singapore for the historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The dictator arrived nearly six hours before the president flanked by two decoy jets – as North Korean state media have hinted at the possibility of a “new relationship” with the US.
The US President’s plane Air Force One touched down at the Paya Lebar Air Base in the city-state shortly before 8.30pm local time ahead of the crunch nuclear talks on Tuesday.
Trump waved from the steps of his jet after flying in from Canada where he took part in a meeting with America’s G7 allies including Prime Minister Theresa May.
He later tweeted: “Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!”
Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan welcomed the brash New Yorker with a firm handshake after his 20 hour journey.
Asked by a reporter how he is feeling about the summit, Trump said: “Very good.”
He then got into his waiting limousine which took him to the city’s Shangri-La Hotel located less than 10 minutes walk from where his North Korean counterpart is staying.
North Korean state media has said the meeting between the pair could herald the start of a new relationship between the two states.
The KCNA report noted the summit is being held “under the great attention and expectation of the whole world.”
It also offered a list of talking points, saying Kim and Trump will exchange “wide-ranging and profound views” on establishing a new relationship, the issue of building a “permanent and durable peace mechanism” and realising the de-nuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
Paranoid Kim, who is reportedly terrified he will be assassinated while overseas, brought an army of bodyguards with him on his longest ever trip abroad as leader of the crackpot country.
He was welcomed at Singapore’s Changi Airport, wearing his trademark Mao Suit with buttoned-up jacket, by Minister Balakrishnan.
Through an interpreter Kim said: “The entire world is watching the historic summit between (North Korea) and the United States of America, and thanks to your sincere efforts … we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit.”
The two decoy aircrafts, including Kim’s outdated Soviet-era Ilyushin-62 dubbed Air Force Un, also flew from Pyongyang to south-east Asia.
According to Flightrader24, the Air China Boeing 747 which was carrying Kim took off using the flight number CA122.
However, after travelling towards Chinese capital Beijing, the jet changed its call sign to CA061 before heading south and landing in Singapore at 2.36pm local time.