Kim Jong Un enjoys night-time stroll in Singapore ahead of historic summit

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The top news lately has instead been tremendously mundane, all things considered - a visit by Kim to a seafood restaurant in Pyongyang.

Kim, who met Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday after arriving, thanked him for hosting the event.

DPRK stands for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

North Korea has said it's willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the United States provides it with a reliable security assurance and other benefits.

Trump and Kim landed in a city teeming with media and onlookers of all stripes, from foreign policy analysts like Kelly and Enos to former basketball star Dennis Rodman, who claims to be a friend of the two leaders.

North Korean leaders, who have been subject to some of the world's toughest ever sanctions, have long wanted to meet with the USA president, in part because of the global legitimacy such a summit would provide.

In return, Kim, said to be in his mid-thirties, called Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard".

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Trump thanked the prime minister for Singapore's efforts to host the summit, the first-ever between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, at a hotel on the city-state's resort island of Sentosa on Tuesday. Kim is hoping Trump will relieve the economic sanctions that have crippled the North Korean economy. Trump to the surprise of many, accepted it. He has been to Beijing twice and has briefly crossed the frontier at the Demilitarised Zone with South Korea to meet its president.

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.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's Twitter feed was busy during the first day of the summit, sharing photos of different meetings.

"It's hospitality that we would have offered them, and as Chairman Kim said yesterday, he would have liked to have come to Singapore anyway, with or without the summit", Dr. Balakrishnan told the BBC.

He said on Thursday that he didn't think he had to prepare very much for the summit and that "it's about attitude". "I look forward to meeting him and have a feeling that this one-time opportunity will not be wasted".

For his part, Trump accused the summit host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, of lying, and threatened to end trade with G-7 nations that he said use unfair practices.

Trusted officials would maintain control of fixed telecommunications hotlines in the country, and there is likely a code system to activate the systems involved in launching North Korea's ballistic missiles. In 2015, the leaders of China and Taiwan held historic talks in the city-state - their first in more than 60 years.

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