USA hails progress ahead ahead of Trump-Kim meeting

Donald Trump Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore for historic summit

North Korea said Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump will discuss "denuclearization" and "durable peace" on the Korean peninsula during their upcoming summit.

Trump is expected to arrive at 8pm local time (2200 AEST) and go straight to his hotel, the Shangri-La, the White House said.

Trump and Kim will meet at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday (9:00 p.m. ET on Monday). The article also stresses the need for confidentiality - meaning Trump will have to resist tweeting the minutes of the meeting.

North Korea has said it is willing to commit to denuclearisation, but that term is open to interpretation. After all, having aides present in high-stakes meetings - especially ones with adversaries like the leader of North Korea - provides a president with a modicum of protection, ensuring there are staffers on hand to take accurate notes.

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. By sitting down with an American president - a longtime goal of North Korea's government - Kim's regime is advancing its effort to establish its "reputation, respect, and credibility as a nuclear weapon state", Green said.

It "would instead lay out practical steps with requisite commitments from North Korea that demonstrate that it understands, accepts and is committed to achieving denuclearisation as the U.S. defines it", said Enos, who is also in Singapore to watch the proceedings.

Kim's full delegation has not yet been confirmed, but other prominent North Korean officials seen in photos included foreign minister Ri Yong Ho and Kim Chang Son - the man who has been in Singapore in recent weeks negotiating logistical details for the summit.

Rodman is one of a handful of Westerners to have visited reclusive North Korea and met Kim.

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Even after the White House confirmed the summit, the run-up to it was not without roadblocks.

Trump, speaking in Canada on Saturday, said any agreement at the summit would be "spur of the moment", underscoring the uncertain outcome of what he called a "mission of peace".

Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the United States and North Korea. She dismisses Kim's late-night activities in Singapore as part of a months-long "charm offensive" aimed at cultivating good worldwide press.

The official said Trump and Kim would hold a one-on-one meeting on Tuesday that could last up to two hours.

But North Korea now deems itself "a nuclear state", and insists the U.S. must end its "nuclear threats and blackmail" as a precondition for denuclearization, according to a statement last month from First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan.

So far the market doesn't seem to have much faith in Trump.

The story was reported the front page of the ruling party's newspaper and was the only item on Monday's first news broadcast on Korean Central Television, which for many in the North is the only channel available. China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty.

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