Unorthodox Trump faces toughest test yet in NKorea summit

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Kim Jong-un will discuss a "permanent. peace-keeping mechanism" with US President Donald Trump when they meet on Tuesday, North Korea says.

"I never said it goes in one meeting", Mr. Trump said on June 1.

Trump hopes to persuade Kim to completely abandon the arsenal of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that the North Koreans have spent more than a generation amassing.

"I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people", Trump said at a press conference in Canada before departing the G-7 summit for Singapore.

Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said Saturday in Beijing after returning from North Korea that "things will start happening within the next 24 hours". Kim arrived on an Air China jet, NPR's Elise Hu reports.

Earlier on Sunday, both Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore for the US-North Korean summit.

The bodyguards were glimpsed flanking Kim's Mercedes-Benz limousine as it traveled to the St. Regis Hotel in Singapore on Sunday. But they hope the USA won't ignore North Korea's advanced chemical and biological weapons program, as well as more conventional artillery which remains a threat to the region.

According to Wall Street Journal's Jonathan Cheng, North Korea's main newspaper also covered the leader's trip to Singapore with a front-page photo of Kim boarding the plane.

This has included backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation.

He added in addition to using bulletproof vehicles, North Korea's security detail would likely deploy layers of protection surrounding the summit venue and try to divert attention from Kim Jong Un's auto whenever he moves.

But the president insisted the U.S. was leaving no stone unturned in its preparations, while warning that patience was needed.

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President Trump arrived in Singapore Sunday night ahead of the summit.

Kim's meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was also covered in the seven-minute news bulletin.

But after a cooling of the rhetoric, both sides began forging tentative contacts that eventually saw Mike Pompeo - the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency who is now secretary of state - meet Kim in Pyongyang.

Both North Korea and the United States have expressed expectations for the outcomes of their first summit meeting set to open in Singapore on Tuesday.

Kim's explosive personality is particularly relevant because going into the North Korea summit, President Donald Trump has suggested that the meeting will be less about preparation and more about attitude.

But then again, nothing about this summit is routine.

With few sources of information other than the state-run media, gossip and word of mouth, most North Koreans are still largely in the dark about the momentous - and potentially life-changing - events that are about to take place outside of their isolated nation.

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get USA troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.

Some critics have said the summit is being rushed through, with Trump keen to chalk up his first major foreign policy achievement.

Any nuclear deal will hinge on North Korea's willingness to allow unfettered outside inspections of the country's warheads and radioactive materials, much of which is likely kept in a vast complex of underground facilities.

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