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(LEAD) N. Korean leader meets Singapore's PM ahead of summit talks with Trump

All News 20:28 June 10, 2018

(ATTN: RECASTS headline, lead; UPDATES with more info throughout)

SINGAPORE, June 10 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien-loong on Sunday as he visited the city-state for his historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump this week.

Kim and his entourage visited the presidential palace of Istana hours after he arrived in Singapore on a Chinese flight for a planned summit with Trump on Tuesday.

Kim said that if his meeting with Trump is successfully held, Singapore's efforts will be historically recognized, according to footage uploaded on the prime minister's Facebook.

The North's leader also expressed thanks to Lee over the city-state's "provision of convenience" to the North's delegation.

Kim was accompanied by Kim Yo-jong, his younger sister; Kim Yong-chol, a top party official; Kim Su-gil, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army; and Ri Yong-ho, the foreign minister.

Prime Minister Lee also plans to meet Trump on Monday, according to Singapore's foreign ministry.

Trump is on his way to the city-state from Canada after attending the Group of Seven leaders' meeting.

This photo shows the Istana, Singapore's presidential palace, on May 14, 2018. (Yonhap)


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