Trump, Kim converge on Singapore ahead of high-stakes summit

U.S. President Donald Trump disembarks Air Force One as he arrives in Singapore

He and Trump are set to meet Tuesday morning in the first summit of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting USA president.

US President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday to join North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a historic summit which could lay the groundwork for ending a nuclear stand-off between the two countries and see Pyongyang dismantle its arsenal in return for economic help and security guarantees.

United States and North Korean officials are meeting Monday at the Ritz Carlton in this island city-state to negotiate before a sit-down meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

Rodman announced on Twitter that he would be attending the summit in Singapore to give "whatever support is needed to my friends" referring to both Trump and Kim.

Around twenty minutes earlier, Trump's top North Korea negotiator, ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, arrived with one adviser, smiling at a scrum of television cameras and reporters gathered outside the hotel.

News that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited North Korea was front page news with a big photo of him shaking Kim's hand the following day in the ruling party newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun.

The two are due to meet on Tuesday on the resort island of Sentosa for their high-stakes summit, the first-ever talks between the U.S. and North Korean leader and the culmination of a head-spinning diplomatic dance.

The BBC report, quoting US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, stated that North Korea will "receive relief" from the grip of United Nations sanctions only when steps to denuclearization are taken.

The United States and North Korea have been in a technical state of war for decades after the eruption of the 1950-1953 Korean War, which pitted U.S. -led U.N. troops backing Seoul against Pyongyang's forces that were aided by China.

About the personal letter delivered to Mr. Trump from Mr. Kim last week, he said, "The letter was just a greeting".

U.S. President Donald Trump waves upon his arrival at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore before his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Trump, Kim arrive in Singapore ahead of high-stakes summit

Many gathered at Bugis Junction mall, some with their smartphones raised, hoping to get a glimpse of the Kim Jong Un impersonator, who goes by his stage name of Howard X, and his partner, Donald Trump lookalike Dennis Alan, 64.

Trump arrived in Singapore after another meeting with foreign leaders - a group of close American allies.

There was heightened security at the St Regis hotel in central Singapore, one of the hotels where the leaders were expected to stay.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced this on Sunday, adding that the June 12 summit will give Singapore global publicity and demonstrate the country's standing in the worldwide community.

The comment can be dismissed as casual optimism characteristic of the USA leader, but the watchers interpreted it as suggesting that the atmosphere in their last-minute negotiations on denuclearization may not be discouraging.

Trump landed in the evening after a long flight from Canada and the G7 meeting there.

It will be the first ever meeting between a sitting US President and North Korean leader. "We're going in with a very positive attitude and I think we're going to come out fine", he added. It's a reflection of the intense global curiosity over Kim's sudden turn to diplomacy in recent months after a slew of North Korean nuclear and missile tests past year raised serious fears of war.

Lee will also meet with Trump ahead of Tuesday's summit, which is slated to begin at 9:00 A.M. local time (9:00 P.M. Monday night Eastern time).

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

It also offered a list of Pyongyang's talking points, saying Kim and Trump will exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on establishing a new relationship, the issue of building a "permanent and durable peace mechanism" and realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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