Trump-Kim summit: Bodyguards in sharp suits seen jogging alongside black car at St Regis

Security personnel jog alongside a car, part of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's motorcade, heading to the St Regis, on June 10, 2018.
Security personnel jog alongside a car, part of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's motorcade, heading to the St Regis, on June 10, 2018.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

SINGAPORE - Men in sharp suits were spotted jogging alongside a car believed to be carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as it arrived at the St Regis in Orchard on Sunday (June 10).

Mr Kim had touched down at Singapore's Changi Airport at about 2.35pm, before his motorcade was escorted out of the airport's VIP complex, onto Airport Boulevard towards the Pan-Island Expressway.

Mr Kim was believed to be in one of two black Mercedes Benz limousines that had unmarked plates and sported North Korean flags.

An hour later, at about 3.45pm, one of the black cars arrived at the St Regis, with about a dozen North Korean bodyguards surrounding it.

A similar sight unfolded in April when Mr Kim met South Korean President Moon Jae In at the Military Demarcation Line in Korea.

Chosen for their fitness, marksmanship, martial arts skills and even looks, the bodyguards were seen jogging alongside and behind Mr Kim's car to form a human shield as he left for lunch after the morning session of talks had ended.

The bodyguards are dressed in dark suits with matching blue and white striped ties, and red North Korean lapel badges.

 
 
 
 

Ri Yong Guk, a defector from the North who served on a security detail for Kim Jong Il, wrote in a 2013 memoir that as many as six different layers of security guards protect the leader on trips to the countryside to inspect military units, plants or farms.

"It is one of the world's tightest security blankets through which even a single ant would find it hard to go," he wrote, according to an earlier report.

Mr Kim is due to meet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong later on Sunday, ahead of his landmark summit on Tuesday with US President Donald Trump.