North Korea's Kim lands in Singapore ahead of high-stakes Trump summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is welcomed by Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is welcomed by Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan

The U.S.is hoping to leave the summit with a commitment from North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons but it is not yet clear what it would take for North Korea to agree to such an agreement.

"I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people, and he has that opportunity".

It was reported last month that South Korean President Moon Jae-in might join in the talks between Kim and Trump if their summit in Singapore proves successful.

Trump arrived a few hours after Kim on Air Force One, directly from a tumultuous G7 summit in Quebec, which ended in a bitter personal exchange between the U.S. president and the host, the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

Meanwhile, officials from North Korea and the USA met for working-level talks in Singapore at 1000 local time, a diplomatic source familiar with the issue confirmed to NK News on condition of anonymity.

North Korea's state media has yet to report Kim's trip to Singapore. Trump is expected to meet Lee on Monday.

North Korea has long demanded a treaty that may be aimed at getting USA troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, paving the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.

The Trump administration has already said it does not seek "regime change" and has no intention of sending its forces into the country.

Wang Peng, an associate research fellow of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China, discusses expectations for the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.

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However, the President of the European Council on Friday rejected a call by Trump and Conte on the first day of the annual summit. Trump has said that Russian Federation should have been readmitted to the negotiations.

He said he did not discuss a possible meeting venue with Trump but "many" countries including Austria were keen to help in organising such a summit.

Discussions would focus on "the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern", KCNA said.

Nam is scheduled to hold a briefing on upcoming U.S. - DPRK summit at 1630 local time. But he also made clear Kim has a "one-time shot".

It is an extraordinary turnaround from the tensions of a year ago, when Kim accelerated his weapons programmes - earning the North more sets of UN Security Council sanctions - and the two men traded personal insults and threats of war.

Kim smiled broadly in the meeting Sunday evening.

In March, Mr Trump surprised the world by accepting an invitation from Mr Kim - delivered via Seoul - to meet in person.

The summit will be the first meeting between Trump and Kim and mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.

Police blocked roads outside Changi's VIP complex hours before Kim's arrival.

News agency Associated Press cited a United States official saying that the two leaders will be accompanied by their translators during the one-on-one for about two hours.

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