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Journalists outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Singapore on Monday. Around 2,500 journalists from around the world have registered to cover the summit.

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Some 2,500 journalists from around the world have registered to receive official credentials to cover the Trump-Kim summit, according to the Ministry of Communications of Singapore. That could be an understatement – Pompeo said about 5,000 people were in Singapore to document the meeting.

Foreign journalists are working on a large building usually reserved for Formula One drivers and their pit teams. At the Marriott Singapore South Beach, where the White House press corps is stationed, the television crews line up along an outdoor patio while correspondents provide their reports in the chamber.

The three major US cable news networks are anchoring their Singapore nightly news. The North Korean experts are in high demand, and many of them sign contracts to appear as exclusive commentators on the talks.

Camera crews have bet on the St. Regis Hotel, where Kim is staying, although he eluded the media for most of Monday. At night, his entourage left the hotel and the media frantically tried to find out where he was going, before reaching him at another hotel.

As if mocking the world's journalists, Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan tweeted a selfie with the North Korean leader with the hashtag #guesswhere?

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The White House press corps, more than 350 journalists, presented dispatches from two floors of a dazzling ballroom at the Marriott Singapore South Beach, with hundreds of curved metal cylinders hanging from the ceiling. " This is the most dramatic WH press file I've been to ," wrote David Nakamura, a reporter for The Washington Post, on Twitter.

Journalists persecuted anyone they expected to give them a dash of information. At one point on Sunday, the journalists even invaded one of their own, although he was a reporter from North Korea, who fled to his hotel.

Viewing from North Korea


Residents of Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea saw images of Mr. Kim in Singapore on Monday.

Jon Chol Jin / Associated Press

Although most of the foreign media began broadcasting on Sunday, the North Korean media waited until Monday to report that Kim had arrived in Singapore a day earlier and had met with the Prime Minister of Singapore. .

On social media, badysts who read the tea leaves noticed that the Korea Central News Agency, KCNA, had mentioned that Mr. Kim flew to Singapore on a "Chinese plane".

"Reporting that he landed in Singapore on" Chinese plane "highlights not only the historical nature of his trip beyond Korea and #China but also points out to his people that relations between China and the DPRK have been restored " tweeted Jean H. Lee, a former head of the Associated Press office in Pyongyang and now a global partner at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington.

Perhaps more significant, KCNA also reported that the leader of North Korea hoped to be "building permanent and lasting peacekeeping." mechanism in the Korean peninsula, "as well as" the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and other matters of mutual interest "

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