North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday, hours after arriving in Singapore and ahead of an historic summit with US President Donald Trump. Lee will have a separate meeting with Trump on Monday.
Kim was greeted at Singapore’s Changi airport by Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Vivian Balakrishnan.
According to images released by the Singaporean government, Kim arrived on an Air China plane. Accompanying him was Kim Yong Chol, who earlier this month met with President Trump to hand deliver a letter from Kim.
Trump declared that the young dictator had a “one-time shot” to bring his country in from the cold with the summit.
A CNN team was on the scene as Kim arrived at the St Regis Hotel Sunday. Around 20 North Korean guards — distinguishable by red loyalty badges — had earlier taken up positions, some on upper floors overlooking the hotel’s lobby.
Together with Singaporean police officers and hotel staff they created a human shield around the entrance blocking Kim’s arrival from view. Strict security saw hotel guests banned from holding phones or bags and told to remain seated.
When he arrived at around 3:40 p.m. local time (3:40 p.m. ET), Kim went straight to the hotel’s elevators without acknowledging the crowd.
A procession of North Korean officials — including his younger sister Kim Yo Jong — arrived shortly afterward.