Trump, Kim arrive for US-North Korea summit

People watch a large screen at the main train station airing video of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shaking hands with Singapore Prime Minister Lee

The quick succession of combative G7 meetings and his arrival in Singapore for a summit with North Korea's dictator set up a striking contrast best captured by a pair of tweets Trump issued after leaving Canada in which he slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as "very dishonest & weak" and reneged on USA plans to sign a joint communique with the G7 leaders.

On Saturday, trump tweeted that he expects Kim Jong-UN's great deeds in the name of his people.

Although gaps remain over what denuclearisation would entail, Trump sounded a positive note in a lunch meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a bilateral meeting at the G7 Summit in in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. Lee has said the summit would cost Singapore about S$20 million ($A19m), more than half of which would go on security.

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.

According to images released by the Singaporean government, Kim arrived on an Air China plane.

The area includes the summit venue, Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island and the places around Shangri-La Hotel and the St. Regis Hotel where Trump and Kim are expected to stay, respectively.

The Trump administration has previously insisted on "complete, verifiable, irreversible disarmament" (CVID) of North Korea, with the emphasis on unilateral steps by Pyongyang rewarded by USA security assurances.

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

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Later, Kim met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Lee's office in the sprawling palace known as the Istana.

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.

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

Just meeting with Mr Trump will also give Mr Kim recognition as the leader of a "normal" country and as an equal of the United States leader. But he also made clear Kim has a "one-time shot".

While Kim has shown he's willing to bargain, O'Hanlon said, "Giving up his nuclear weapons is probably going to be the last step in that process, not the first step".

Kim smiled broadly in the meeting Sunday evening.

After a flurry of diplomatic efforts, including a White House meeting between by Kim's right-hand man Kim Yong-chol and Trump, the proposed summit was put back on.

A source told the South China Morning Post earlier that China could send fighter jets to escort Kim on the journey through its airspace.

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