North Korea leader Kim arrives in Singapore ahead of Trump meeting

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"I feel that Kim Jong-Un wants to do something great for his people".

Trump has returned to his hotel after meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee.

People watch a TV broadcasting a news report on the upcoming summit between the US and North Korea, in Seoul, South Korea, June 11, 2018.

During the meeting, the officials also celebrated Trump's birthday. In return for safeguards and potential economic help, Trump demanded "complete, verifiable and irreversible" destruction of North Korea's nukes. "That would be rejected and Trump would walk out".

Word does get around, however, and the prospect of a meeting between Kim and Trump had already been on the public's radar.

Even if Kim offers only "a fine-sounding rhetorical commitment, and maybe a few missile surrendered or some site closures", he said, Trump will "market this thing as something extraordinary for his voters back home".

"It's unknown territory, in the truest sense", Trump said during the G-7.

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to his South Korean counterpart by telephone on Monday, a day before Trump holds a historic summit with North Korea's leader, South Korea's presidential office said.

"I think things can work out very nicely", Trump said briefly of Tuesday's summit, before a lunch with Singapore's prime minister Lee Hsien Loong.

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The North Korean leader has in recent months been trying to shift his image from reclusive tyrant to smiling statesman. But his ruthlessness at home and a human rights record that United Nations investigators have described as "harrowing" have left many unconvinced about his sincerity.

Kim remains very much a mystery to most, including the curious Singaporeans who try to catch a glimpse as his armoured motorcade zooms past.

As the final preparations for the summit were being made, some veteran diplomats warned against an all-or-nothing approach from the U.S.

Officials remain uncertain what will come out of Tuesday's unprecedented summit, the first of its kind between a sitting US president and the leader of North Korea.

Meanwhile, U.S. and North Korean officials huddled at the Ritz-Carlton hotel Monday ahead of the sit-down aimed at resolving a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

Last year, the North made one of the biggest breakthroughs in its missile and nuclear weapons programs - which it says it needs to defend against the risk of a US invasion - when it announced that it had "completed" its state nuclear program after testing a missile capable of striking most, if not all, of the continental U.S.

During the flight from Canada to Singapore, the president spent time meeting with his staff, reading materials, and preparing for his meetings in Singapore.

"Wouldn't it be wonderful if we walked out and everything was settled all of a sudden from sitting down for a couple of hours?"

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. 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". He told reporters he thinks he will know nearly immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: "I will know, just my touch, my feel". He sees the summit not as a means to an end, but the end itself.

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