Isolated Kim Jong Un takes big gamble leaving home for Trump summit

USA and North Korean officials were in talks in Singapore on Monday in a late bid to narrow differences before their leaders hold an historic summit aimed at finding ways to end a nuclear stand-off on the Korean peninsula.

In a post on Twitter during his flight, Trump reiterated his optimism that the summit with the North Korean leader will be a success.

Back in North Korea, the running bodyguards always accompany any state vehicle Kim is travelling on and the same was evident during the inter-Korean summit.

President Donald Trump left for Singapore Saturday where he will prepare to hold a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, according to the White House.

Kim arrived in a Air China 747 that touched down at Changi Airport on Sunday afternoon, Singapore's Straits Times said.

Kim's entourage is staying at the St Regis, less than 10 minutes walk away, with a motorcade that features a dozen North Korean bodyguards in dark suits who jog in Singapore's drenching heat beside his armoured vehicle.

He said the U.S. would be satisfied with nothing less than the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula - with verification the key part of any deal.

Trump flew into Singapore's Paya Lebar Air Base on Sunday aboard Air Force One.

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

Sporadic provocations by the North have continued while Pyongyang has made increasing advances in its nuclear arsenal, which it says it needs to defend against the risk of a US invasion.

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The top United States and North Korean negotiators had earlier emerged from a last-ditch meeting at the Ritz Carlton with pursed lips, and no sign of whether an attempt to narrow the gap between U.S. and North Korean expectations of what denuclearisation should look like, had worked. A pin on their lapels depicted the two former North Korean leaders, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, Kim Jung Un's grandfather and father.

At the Quebec meeting of the leaders of seven industrial powers, Trump yanked the US endorsement of a joint economic agreement among the seven countries.

United States ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim led the U.S. delegation while Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui was part of North Korea's delegation.

Kim and President Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday ahead of Tuesday's historic summit.

In response to a question from VOA News just before heading to Asia from the Group of Seven summit in Canada, Trump said "I really feel confident" about the unprecedented encounter between a sitting American president and a member of the family dynasty which has maintained iron-fist control over one of the world's most reclusive countries for three generations.

Some people were grumbling in the wealthy city-state because of the traffic jams caused by the summit and the cost of hosting two leaders with massive security needs.

President Trump has described it as a "get-to-know-you situation" and said "it's going to be a process". Trump and Kim come from very different backgrounds and ideologies, and at 71, Trump is about twice as old as the North Korean leader.

Haas offers a useful warning, though, as people around the world settle in to watch the show in Singapore: "Virtually no North Korea analyst inside or outside of the USA government" expects Kim to actually give up his nukes.

The standard thinking goes that he needs quick help to stabilize and then rebuild an economy that has suffered amid a decades-long pursuit of nuclear bombs, and that the North Koreans see a unique chance to win concessions, legitimacy and protection from a meeting with a highly unconventional USA president who's willing to consider options past American leaders would not. It brings the president more in line with veteran diplomats who have dealt with North Korea and know firsthand the difficulty of extracting verifiable concessions, and it helps ensure that - whatever happens on Tuesday - the president can tout it as a win.

"It's never been done before", Trump said of a U.S.

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