Kim summit: North Korea hails 'new era' of relations with the US

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived Sunday in Singapore ahead of one of the most unusual summits in recent world history, a sit-down Tuesday with President Donald Trump.

Singapore is hosting this year's meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which has seen the US and China jockey for diplomatic influence in recent weeks.

North Korean state media has confirmed that the leaders of North Korea and the U.S. will focus on ensuring permanent peace and a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula in Singapore.

The Monday report from the Korean Central News Agency mentioned the summit agenda, including denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The U.S. president also dangled the prospect of inviting Kim to Washington if the meeting is a success.

The North Korean leader extended the invite in a letter that was hand-delivered to Trump in the White House earlier this month by emissary Kim Yong Chol.

Kim met with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee at his Istana residence after his arrival, in talks which North Korea's KCNA news agency said proceeded "in an amicable and friendly atmosphere".

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 USA and North Korean expectations of what denuclearisation should look like, had worked.

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

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Security is tight ahead of the summit between two unpredictable men who in the past have threatened to destroy the other's country during the stand-off over North Korea's nukes.

It's a reflection of the intense global curiosity over Kim's sudden turn to diplomacy in recent months after a slew of North Korean nuclear and missile tests previous year raised serious fears of war.

"And he has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again", Trump said.

Earlier Trump had said the meeting was a "one-time shot" for Kim.

Asked about the likely departure times of both leaders, a Singaporean source involved in planning the summit would only say that the host city had factored in the "fluidity of the situation" and was prepared for last-minute changes in the schedule of both leaders.

Trump has said he hopes to make a legacy-defining deal for the North to give up its nuclear weapons, though he has recently sought to minimize expectations, saying additional meetings may be necessary.

Trump continued to tweet angrily at Trudeau from Singapore, saying Monday "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

In tamping down expectations, Trump himself has described this initial meeting as the start of a process. He has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korea War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty. But there are major doubts, given how hard it has been for Kim to build his program and given that the weapons are seen as the major guarantee to his holding onto unchecked power.

The meeting, held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Singapore Marina Bay district, lasted about two hours, and delegates from both sides appeared expressionless as they left, a South China Morning Post reporter at the scene said. Progress could lead to a peace treaty and formally end a state of war on the Korean Peninsula, which has persisted for almost 70 years.

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