Trump meets with Singapore PM one day before Kim Jong Un sitdown

Trump meets with Singapore PM one day before Kim Jong Un sitdown

Kim would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on issues including "building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula" and "realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", it added. China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States took part in denuclearization talks with North Korea between 2003 and 2009 in what were referred to as the Six-Party Talks before Pyongyang ultimately withdrew from the negotiations.

"He expressed deep thanks to the Singaporean government for its honest cooperation of providing all conditions and best conveniences for the historic DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks", the KCNA said.

One of them was the ageing Soviet-made Ilyushin-62 that is Kim's personal jet - officially known as "Chammae-1", or Goshawk-1, after the North's national bird but perhaps more memorably dubbed "Air Force Un".

The bodyguards were glimpsed flanking Kim's Mercedes-Benz limousine as it traveled to the St. Regis Hotel in Singapore on Sunday. "We will not be surprised by any scenario", said the official.

Trump landed in the evening after a long flight from Canada and the G7 meeting there, telling Singaporean officials who welcomed him that he was feeling "very good" about the summit.

"Thank you very much", Trump said to reporters, as he turned to enter the banquet hall.

"Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!" he tweeted Monday.

The North Korean leader held a meeting with the Singapore prime minister on Sunday.

Trump, speaking in Canada on Saturday, said any agreement at the summit would be "spur of the moment", underscoring the uncertain outcome of what he called a "mission of peace".

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It is unclear, however, under what terms North Korea would agree to in an effort to reduce its nuclear arsenal.

But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation.

Hammering out a complete plan for North Korea's denuclearization would be "an impossible chore" at this summit, Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institutiontold NPR's Windsor Johnston.

After his meeting with Lee, Trump was scheduled to visit diplomats at the U.S. Embassy here, but he had nothing else listed on his public schedule. Trump roiled the meeting of leaders of the Group of Seven major industrial economies by first agreeing to a group statement only to withdraw from it while complaining about Trudeau's criticism of his tariff threats.

"It's a huge win for Kim Jong Un, who now - if nothing else - has the prestige and propaganda coup of meeting one on one with the president, while armed with a nuclear deterrent", said Michael Kovrig, a northeast Asia specialist at the International Crisis Group in Washington.

President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un will start their historic summit with a one-on-one session with only their translators.

Mr Kim arrived on a plane loaned from China along with his outspoken Foreign Minister, Ri Yong-ho, Defence Minister No Kwang-chol and his sister Kim Yo-jong.

North and South Korea remain technically at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice that Seoul's then leader refused to sign and divided the peninsula along the Demilitarized Zone.

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