North Korea leader Kim arrives in Singapore ahead of Trump meeting

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With all the worldwide attention focused on Singapore and the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang must be buzzing with excitement, right? "We'd start at least a dialogue", Trump told reporters as he departed the G-7 summit in Quebec, Canada. He later strolled along the harbor at the heart of the central business district with Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, who tweeted out a selfie with Kim. Kim arrived on an Air China jet, NPR's Elise Hu reports.

But analysts who closely watch North Korea believe it is unlikely Kim would have come to Singapore without being confident of the arsenal's security - and the ability to order its use. He also thanked his Singapore hosts for their hospitality.

"The entire world is focusing on the historic summit between the DPRK (North Korea) and the United States, and thanks to your honest efforts". "Thanks to your honest efforts. we were able to complete the preparation for the historic summit".

Both the USA and North Korea have to agree on a venue that meets their requirements and is "politically and diplomatically" acceptable to them as well, he said.

While the main attraction of the summit will inevitably be the historic meeting between Trump and Kim, that wasn't the first world leader he met with on this trip.

The two leaders have had an extraordinary up-and-down relationship over the past 18 months.

President Trump traveled to the summit - which will be the first-ever meeting between a US president and a North Korean leader - from a G7 meeting in Quebec, Canada.

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In return, Kim, said to be in his mid-thirties, called Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard".

The North Korean leadership, including Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui has also taunted Washington, calling Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy".

Trump is hoping to get Kim to agree to get rid of his nuclear weapons, though he has said it may take many more meetings to get to that point.

In tamping down expectations, Trump himself has described this initial meeting as the start of a process.

She said Sung Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines, who has taken the lead on policy negotiations with the North, was set to hold a working group with a North Korean delegation at 10 a.m. Monday.

Officers combed the city on Sunday, from the old colonial section to the modern skyscrapers to the hotel on nearby Sentosa island where Trump and Kim will actually meet.

Commuters read news of Kim Jong-un's arrival in Singapore, at a train station in Pyongyang.

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