Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un arrive in Singapore for nuclear showdown

U.S. President Donald Trump disembarks Air Force One after arriving in Singapore

U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore Sunday evening for a summit meeting with Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

At the Istana, Lee's official residence, the president shook hands with the prime minister, but Trump declined to answer shouted questions from reporters before the two leaders joined their aides for a luncheon.

According to accounts of the G-7 meeting, officials from other members of the bloc confronted Trump with a torrent of statistics about the importance of the US -authored worldwide order and the merits of free trade. Three planes took off in North Korea at about an hour's interval on Sunday - an IL-76, an Air China Boeing 747 and an ancient Ilyushin IL62 - leaving watchers in the dark about which one Kim was on.

Menendez spoke Sunday on ABC's "This Week" as President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore ahead of Tuesday's talks with Kim.

In the run-up to the meeting, Trump had predicted the two men might strike a nuclear deal or forge a formal end to the Korean War in the course of a single meeting or over several days.

Yet he has conceded that even the most successful one-day summit is unlikely to achieve his ambition of persuading Kim to give up his nuclear arsenal, at least anytime soon. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sung Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines who has taken the lead on policy negotiations with the North, will hold a "working group" with a North Korean delegation. After their initial greeting, the leaders will head into a room for the summit.

United States and North Korean negotiators met in a Singapore hotel on Monday, seeking to clarify the shape of Tuesday's summit, where Trump has said he intends to guided by instinct.

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While advisers say Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, the president insists his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim.

One of them was the ageing Soviet-made Ilyushin-62 that is Kim's personal jet - officially known as "Chammae-1", or Goshawk-1, after the North's national bird but perhaps more memorably dubbed "Air Force Un".

While fighting a trade war with allies, Trump now brings his America First negotiating style to the deadly topic of North Korea's nuclear weapons.

Sanctions on North Korea would remain in place until that had happened, Pompeo said. That is, Pyongyang will "launch a lengthy, complicated negotiation to get agreement on actions each party must take, and use this process to buy time for the development of the North's nuclear weapons program".

He thanked Singapore's organisation of the summit as if it was "their own family affair".

Lee said earlier that Singapore's government will gladly pay the $20 million it cost to host the summit.

In turn, North Korean state media reported on Monday that the upcoming US-North Korean talks would focus on the establishment of the new relations between the countries, the creation of a firm peace system and the denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

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