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Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore for historic summit

11 June 2018, 02:28 | Austin Hogan

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On Tuesday, both leaders will converge on Sentosa Island for their historic summit.

First the nuts and bolts: How do you protect what many North Koreans consider their single most precious resource, the third member of the Kim family to rule and a direct descendant of North Korea's worshipped founder Kim Il Sung?

Another Pyongyang report quoting Kim Yong-nam, the nominal head of state, as telling leader Kim to achieve outstanding outcomes from the summit with the USA has also drawn attention.

Dismantling a secret nuclear arsenal built up over decades would take several years and be extremely hard to check, they say. A second round of meetings was planned for the afternoon as officials worked to lay the groundwork for progress to be made Tuesday on substantive issues, according to the official familiar with the preparations.

"They are still debating over whether to put [the term] "CVID" in the final draft", the source said.

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) released a statement saying the two discussed mutual relations and the situation on the Korean peninsula, with Prime Minister Lee thanking Kim for his and Trump's "bold and admirable decision" to hold the summit.

The US wants North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons but it is not clear what Pyongyang might want in return.

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.

Another acronym used in nuclear circles is CVIG, or complete, verifiable, and irreversible guarantee.

Despite the White House's "maximum pressure" campaign, the North remained defiant and carried out its sixth nuclear test in September 2017.

The KCNA report noted the summit is being held "under the great attention and expectation of the whole world".

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Trump initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile program that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States.

The US president had told reporters in Canada that he "felt confident" about Tuesday's talks with Kim.

Kim Jong Un met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shortly after his arrival, driving from the St. Regis Hotel where he is staying, through the famous Orchard Road shopping district, which was closed off for his tightly guarded motorcade.

"We're meeting with the chairman on June 12 and I think it's probably going to be a very successful - ultimately a successful process", Trump said.

"We've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow", Trump said at a luncheon with the Singapore prime minister on Monday.

It's "a sign of recognition that the North Koreans have sought for decades". He is turning 72 on June 14.

Back in North Korea, the running bodyguards always accompany any state vehicle Kim is travelling on and the same was evident during the inter-Korean summit.

Sung Kim, a former United States ambassador to South Korea who has been leading the USA in talks with North Korean Vice-Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui since last month, is said to be continuing the discussions with his counterpart in Singapore.

Similar scenes were seen on Sunday when Kim and Trump arrived in the city, and when Kim went to meet Lee.

Trump is expected to leave on Wednesday.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump spent his flight from Canada to Singapore "meeting with his staff, reading materials and preparing for his meetings in Singapore".

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