Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore

Frederick Owens
June 14, 2018

It heralded the summit as part of a "changed era".

In a statement released by the state news agency KCNA, it said the two leaders would discuss a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism" for the Korean Peninsula, the "denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern.

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

The US president hopes the summit will kick-start a process that eventually sees Mr Kim give up nuclear weapons.

Siegfried Hecker, a noted U.S. nuclear expert, said the immediate CVID of the North was "unimaginable" and "tantamount to a North Korean surrender scenario". Kim arrived at Singapore's commercial airport on an Air China Boeing 747 just more than five hours earlier. Kim called the sit-down a "good prelude for peace" and Trump pledged that "working together we will get it taken care of". In a tweet on Monday, he said: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!"

The flight was only his second out of North Korea since he assumed power in 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il.

Members of the U.S. Secret Service Counter Sniper Team wait outside the lobby of the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, Sunday, June 10, 2018, ahead of the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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

Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore
Camera Icon Kim Jong Un arrives

A suite on the 20th floor of St. Regis Hotel, where Kim is staying, costs more than 13,000 Singaporean dollars a night. Though North Koreans have been left largely in the dark about the summit, the reports of his arrival came relatively quickly by North Korean standards.

Kim and Lee met on Sunday evening, after the North Korean leader flew in to the city-state earlier in the day.

Trump and Kim are set to meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Singapore, which is 9 p.m. Monday on the U.S. East Coast. Later, a meeting including officials could last another hour.

"We have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World", Trump tweeted en route to the historic trading post of Singapore, predicting that counterpart Kim Jong Un "will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before".

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.

But as he embarked for Singapore he changed his tune, calling it a "one-time shot" and adding he will know "within the first minute" whether an agreement will be possible.

Rodman has faced ridicule and criticism for his trips to North Korea, which some USA politicians and activists view as serving only as fodder for North Korean propaganda.

Trump was accompanied by White House chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton.

Bolton's hardline rhetoric last month infuriated North Korea and almost derailed the summit.

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