North Korea leader Kim arrives in Singapore ahead of Trump meeting

Back in North Korea, the running bodyguards always accompany any state vehicle Kim is travelling on and the same was evident during the inter-Korean summit. Diplomacy doesn't result in overnight change and so, success in the Singapore Summit will largely mean an honest exchange of views, discussions about a future course of action and continuity of dialogue.

In the English version, the summit is sold as a chance to realise "the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era".

Kim likely delegated authority to watch over the arsenal to one of a number of trusted North Korean officials who stayed in Pyongyang, including Choe Ryong Hae, one of several senior leaders who saw Kim off at the airport as he departed for Singapore, said Michael Madden, a leadership expert with the 38 North website, which monitors North Korea. Kim has led the US team at the demilitarized zone working on a joint communique with North Korea.

Trump said "we've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely".

Reunification, he said, would be impossible because four powers - the US, China, Russia and Japan - do not want to see a unified Korea.

Why only potentially? That's because these two world leaders are not, strictly speaking, known to be very diplomatic - that is to say that they are in no manner of speaking, known to be very diplomatic at all.

The summit has been portrayed as a "get to know you" meeting.

Later, a meeting including officials could last another hour.

Mr Trump has said he has a "good feeling" about Tuesday's much-anticipated summit.

Trump on Monday morning was upbeat: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement is in the air!" However, the South Carolina Republican noted that he is "not here to spread democracy" or to unite the North with South Korea.

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North Koreans were offered a rare glimpse into their reclusive leader's schedule on Monday after the tightly controlled state media issued surprisingly detailed reports of his trip to Singapore.

Certainly security will soon ramp up but for now the only real hint of what is about to happen are the signs at the front of the summit venue - the uber-luxurious Capella Hotel on Sentosa island - saying "police check, comply with police orders".

"I think we should take some optimism from that reporting", the official said.

He 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. For the North Korean leader to be willing to agree to the United States president's conditions on denuclearisation, there need to be inducements and assurances offered to Pyongyang.

Some believe that Trump should demand complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and abandon the meeting immediately if Kim doesn't agree.

President Donald Trump and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shake hands during a meeting at the Istana in Singapore, June 11, 2018. He has not left his country since taking office in 2011 other than to visit China and the South Korean side of the Demilitarised Zone on the border.

Kim Yo Jong, leader Kim's younger sister, was also spotted in his delegation.

"Rather than using a public restroom, the leader of North Korea has a personal toilet that follows him around when he travels", Lee Yun-keol, a former member of a North Korean Guard Command unit who defected, told The Washington Post.

In the month starting February 28 Trump sacked or lost the services of his White House communications director Hope Hicks, chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, national security adviser HR McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and veterans affairs secretary David Shulkin.

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