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

US side was entering the talks with a sense of optimism and an equal dose of scepticism

"The completion of the process requires honest efforts by South Korea, North Korea and the United States and continued cooperation from neighboring countries", Moon said in his statement. But he says if diplomacy fails to move in the right direction, the sanctions "will increase".

While the main attraction of the summit will inevitably be the historic meeting between Trump and Kim, that wasn't the first world leader he met with on this trip.

Security has been tightened today around a location declared as a "special event area" related to the upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Asked about a North Korean state media report that Trump and Kim were set to talk denuclearization and peace on the Korean peninsula, the official said the report is a hopeful indication.

News that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited North Korea was front page news with a big photo of him shaking Kim's hand the following day in the ruling party newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun.

"We have a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely", Trump said as he began the working lunch.

President Trump, meanwhile, touched down on Air Force One at the Paya Lebar airbase shortly before 8.30 p.m. local time.

Trump initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile programme that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States, insisting he would swiftly achieve what previous U.S. administrations have failed to do.

In Singapore, the island city-state hosting the summit, the sense of anticipation was palpable, with people lining spotless streets Monday waving cell phones as Trump headed to meet Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

He also thanked his Singapore hosts for their hospitality.

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Singapore has spent $S20 million hosting the summit, half of that on security costs, with Lee saying it was "in our profound interest" to contribute to such an global endeavour.

But if they don't, we'll know who to blame: not Trump's lack of preparation, but our neighbor to the north.

Trump, who is staying in a separate hotel, the Shangri-La, is due to meet Lee on Monday.

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 auto.

Washington hopes the summit will kick-start a process that eventually sees Kim give up his nuclear weapons, read the BBC report, adding that the USA wants North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons in an irreversible manner that can be verified internationally.

"People call it a historic summit but.it is important to understand that this summit was available to any USA president who wanted to do it and the point is no US president wanted to do this, and for good reasons", said Christopher Hill, a former lead US nuclear negotiator with North Korea.

The talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-you session.

Numerous tough details in the North Korea talks are likely to wait for future rounds of talks at a lower level.

He has said the talks would be more about starting a relationship with Kim for a negotiating process that would take more than one summit. The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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