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Laurie Berry | 11 June, 2018, 16:14

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has landed in Singapore ahead of a summit with US President Donald Trump that could end a nuclear stand-off between the old foes and transform his impoverished country.

Singapore will spend about 20 million dollars to host the historic summit between Trump and Kim, Prime Minister Loong revealed.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Mr. Trump and the entire USA team was looking forward to Tuesday's summit.

Pompeo also said that Trump had called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean president Moon Jae-in.

Commenting for the first time on the summit, North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency earlier said the two sides would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" to re-set relations.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, meets with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana or presidential palace, in Singapore, June 10, 2018.

As Trump was trying to make "fool trade" happen, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted a series of photos showing State Department officials meeting with foreign diplomats and generally behaving like normal White House officials headed into a high-stakes summit.

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

As Kim's black Mercedes arrived at the St Regis hotel in downtown Singapore, it was flanked by bodyguards in identical black suits jogging alongside the auto.

Outside the St. Regis Hotel in Singapore, where North Korean leader Kim Jung Un is staying, the media was confined to the sidewalk.

North Korea's Kim lands in Singapore, on cusp of making history
It is unclear, however, under what terms North Korea would agree to in an effort to reduce its nuclear arsenal. Moon Jae-in acted as a successful facilitator in making this summit happen, while Trump wants to make a deal.

Trump responded to the provocations with provocative rhetoric, belittling Kim as "Little Rocket Man" and threatening "fire and fury". United States officials were quoted as saying that the two leaders could spend the first two hours alone with translators but not advisors.

He says the U.S.is prepared to show North Korea that rather than denuclearization posing a threat to North Korea, it's "the opposite".

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.

Trump added that he believes Kim, half the age of the American president, "wants to do something great for his people".

A Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the US side was entering the talks with a sense of optimism and an equal dose of scepticism given North Korea's long history of developing nuclear weapons.

President Trump has described it as a "get-to-know-you situation" and said "it's going to be a process".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that veteran diplomat Sung Kim is leading the US delegation in a working group meeting Monday at the city-state's Ritz Carlton hotel.

Kim may also be seeing the gamble in a light never considered by his autocratic father and grandfather because of "his determination to modernize North Korea", according to Ryan Haas, an Asia expert at the John L. Thornton China Center. "And then we'll find out later that, obviously, we didn't get there in terms of, you know, our goal, which is complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement of their program". She emerged as an influential figure in Pyongyang's opaque leadership in February, when she led a North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

A bilateral meeting of the US and North Korean delegations will follow, said the official. For the North Korean leader to be willing to agree to the USA president's conditions on denuclearisation, there need to be inducements and assurances offered to Pyongyang.

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