An Australian comedian best known for impersonating Kim Jong Un claims he has been told to stay away from the highly anticipated summit between the North Korean leader and Donald Trump.
The man – who goes only by the name of Howard X – says he was detained in Singapore as he looked to scope out the scene of the meeting, which is just days away.
He claims to have been held for two hours and says he was questioned about his political allegiances for 30 minutes after arriving at Changi Airport, with authorities telling him he had come at a “very sensitive time”.
“They asked me what my political views were and if I have been involved with protests in other countries,” he said.
“They said: ‘It’s the Trump-Kim summit. You’ve come at a very sensitive time’.”
He was, however, allowed to enter the country.
“I guess after analysing the situation they decided it was better for me to come into the country than actually deporting me,” the imposter, who is based in Hong Kong, told his fans on Facebook.
“After all, if they had deported me the headline in the newspapers all around the world would have been ‘Kim Jong Un deported from Singapore’, which I’m sure is something that the Singaporean government would not want in the papers.
“Anyway, I am here now so be prepared for some fun during this historical moment in the finest dictatorship in the world.”
Singapore has been criticised by rights groups for its laws on critical speech and protests, which have to be approved and are only allowed at a designated downtown area known as the Speakers’ Corner.
The government there has long held the position that such regulations and restrictions are needed to maintain social order and harmony.
Howard – who earlier this year ambushed a team of North Korean cheerleaders at the Winter Olympics while dressed as their leader – also visited Singapore last month and posed as Mr Kim against a backdrop of the city’s iconic bay, which boasts popular sites such as the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
The real Mr Kim has been tipped to meet the US president on Sentosa Island, which – along with Shangri-La – has been designated a “special event area” for the summit.
Despite the warnings, Howard – who has perfected the North Korean leader’s trademark slicked back hair – has promised further stunts in the coming days – and says he plans to rope in a fellow impersonator to pose as Mr Trump.