It was an invitation from Kim Jong Un in March which sparked Tuesday’s Singapore summit with President Trump.
But the Kim family has been desperate to meet with a US President for decades, going back to Kim Jong Un’s father and grandfather.
“To have a summit with a US President is something that many countries aspire to. So for North Korea, for a tiny country which is technically still at war with the US, for their leader to sit down with a president is huge deal,” Jean H. Lee, a North Korea expert at the US-based Wilson Center, told CNN.
The meeting is a sign of legitimacy for North Korea, experts said, an indication that their leader is being taken seriously by the most powerful country in the world.
Former US President Bill Clinton came closest to meeting with Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, in 2000 but eventually decided against the idea, owing to a lack of trust.
But today something really crazy happened!
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the man who has held Asia on the brink of nuclear war for years, was loudly cheered and celebrated as he made his way around Singapore on a night out.
Video taken at the Marina Bay Sands hotel and shopping center shows Kim heading in and likely up to SkyPark, the famous rooftop of the iconic hotel.
SkyPark features swimming pools, bars, and restaurants and is a big tourist attraction.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un received a superstar’s welcome in Singapore, where his arrival was greeted by cheers and shouts of “Mr. Kim! Mr. Kim!” The reception is particularly startling as Kim is heavily criticized by international bodies and human rights organizations for running “one of the most repressive authoritarian states in the world.”
Hear the enthusiasm in the room as he enters:
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