Kim Jong-un poses for a SELFIE on a sightseeing tour of Singapore

Kim Jong-un poses for a SELFIE as he takes a sightseeing tour of Singapore 12 hours before his summit with Trump

  • North Korea leader arrived in Singapore Sunday ahead of Trump summit and stayed inside his hotel Monday
  • But around 9pm he emerged to take a sightseeing walk with Singapore’s foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan
  • Mr Balakrishnan posted a selfie with the dictator while touring the Gardens by the Bay before the pair visited the Marina Bay Sands hotel, the Esplanade and the Jubilee Bridge
  • Meanwhile President Trump spent the night attending briefings with his aides ahead of Tuesday’s summit 

Kim Jong-un posed for a selfie in Singapore on Monday night as he took a sightseeing tour around the city ahead of his summit with President Trump. 

The North Korean dictator was pictured at the Gardens by the Bay with Singapore’s foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan around 9.30pm.

He then went to enjoy views over the city from the top of the Marina Bay Sands hotel and casino, according to reports on social media.

Meanwhile Trump spent the night in briefing sessions with his aides as he prepared for the historic meeting with Kim due to take place at 9am on Tuesday.

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In three, two, Un: Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s foreign minister (left), posted this selfie with Kim Jong-un at Gardens by the Bay on Monday night as the North Korean dictator went for a tour of the city

Vivian Balakrishnan takes what is possibly the first ever selfie of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the pair go for a late-night stroll around Singapore

History in the maKim: Balakrishnan and Kim were joined by Singapore’s Education Minister Ong Ye Kung,  right in the snap

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    Kim arrived in the island nation on Sunday ahead of Trump, shaking hands with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

    He then disappeared inside his hotel, the five-star St Regis Singapore, and remained away from view as Trump arrived and had lunch with Mr Lee. 

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    But Kim broke cover on Monday evening around 9pm as he was seen leaving his hotel, less than a mile from where Trump is staying, under heavy guard before climbing into his limousine.

    His first stop was a waterfront park with futuristic installations, Gardens by the Bay, which boasts the largest glass greenhouse and tallest indoor waterfall in the world.

    Police and onlookers were also seen gathering outside the Marina Bay Sands hotel, which resembles a giant surfboard perched on three columns at the mouth of the Singapore River.

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      Kim arrived in Singapore on Sunday and met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong before disappearing inside the St Regis hotel, where he remained until Monday night

      Mr Balakrishnan took Kim to see Gardens by the Bay, the Marina Sands Hotel and the Esplanade during a late-night sightseeing tour

      Kim was cheered like a celebrity as he made his way through the foyer of the Marina Bay Sands hotel before being taken to the roof to enjoy views out over the city

      The dictator’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, accompanied her brother for his sightseeing tour and is pictured here entering the Marina Bay Sands hotel

      Kim later arrived at the hotel and was taken to the top floor, which features an infinity pool overlooking the city, online observers said.

      He then to visited the city’s Esplanade and walked across the Jubilee Bridge.

      Kim was accompanied on his walk by his sister Kim Yo Jong and senior regime figures including Ri Su Yong, NK News reported. 

      The leader, who is believed to be 34, has rarely ventured outside his country since taking the reins of power in 2011, following the death of his father.

      Before that it is believed he studied in Switzerland under an alias. 

      Earlier this year he made his first foreign visit as ‘Supreme Leader’, taking a train to Beijing to meet with Chines leader Xi Jinping ahead of the Trump summit.

      Kim, who is believed to be 34, has ventured outside North Korea only once since taking the reins of power in 2011, and seemed to be enjoying his time away from home in Singapore

      Kim (centre) and Mr Balakrishnan (fourth from left) smiled and joked as they walked out of the Marina Bay Sands hotel. The pair then visited the Esplanade and crossed the Jubilee Bridge

      North Korea’s defense minister and several other officials spent the day on Monday scouting out locations before Kim and Mr Balakrishnan headed out for their night-time stroll

      Earlier, officials from the two sides held last-minute talks aimed at laying the groundwork for the summit between Trump and Kim, a meeting almost unthinkable just months ago when the two were exchanging insults and threats that raised fears of war.

      But after a flurry of diplomatic overtures eased tension in recent months, the two leaders are now headed for a history-making handshake that U.S. officials hope could eventually lead to dismantling of a North Korean nuclear programme that threatens the United States.

      Offering a preview to reporters on the eve of the summit, Pompeo said it could provide ‘an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity’ to North Korea.

      However, he played down the possibility of a quick breakthrough and said the summit should set the framework for ‘the hard work that will follow’, insisting that North Korea had to move toward complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

      Pyongyang, though, has shown little appetite for surrendering nuclear weapons it considers vital to the survival of Kim’s dynastic rule.

      Sanctions on North Korea would remain in place until that had happened, Pompeo said. ‘If diplomacy does not move in the right direction … those measures will increase.’

      ‘North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearise and we are eager to see if those words prove sincere,’ he said.

      Dozens of people gathered in the lobby of the Marina Bay Sands hotel after members of the North Korean security detail began arriving on Monday night, ahead of Kim Jong-un

      Crowds cheered as Kim walked through the lobby of the hotel, calling out his name in an effort to get the perfect picture

      Kim was flanked by his security detail as he left his hotel on Monday night before climbing into a waiting limousine

      The limousine carrying Kim Jong-un passes in front of Singapore’s skyline. After seeing three landmarks on foot, Kim was taken on a driving tour of several other sights before calling it a night

      Cameramen from the world’s media, including those from North Korea, followed closely as Kim went for his sightseeing tour

      The White House later said discussions with North Korea had moved ‘more quickly than expected’ and Trump would leave Singapore on Tuesday night, after the summit. He had earlier been scheduled to leave on Wednesday.

      Kim is due to leave on Tuesday afternoon, a source involved in the planning of his visit to Singapore, said on Sunday.

      Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday after a blow-up over trade with other members of the Group of Seven major industrialised nations in Canada.

      The escalating economic clash between Washington and some of its closest global partners cast a cloud over Trump’s efforts to score a major foreign policy win in nuclear talks with North Korea, long one of America’s bitterest foes.

      Although gaps remain over what denuclearisation would entail, Trump sounded a positive note in a lunch meeting with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

      ‘We’ve got a very interesting meeting … tomorrow, and I just think it’s going to work out very nicely,’ Trump said.

      It was a far cry from last year when Trump threatened North Korea with ‘fire and fury’ and mocked Kim as ‘little rocket man,’ and Kim denounced the U.S. president as the ‘mentally deranged U.S. dotard.’

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