Kim Singapore summit: All the latest updates

FILE PHOTO: A U.S. military aide, carrying the "football" containing the launch codes for U.S. nuclear weapons, walks from Air Force One between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (L) and National Security Adviser John Bolton (R) as they arrive with U.S. President Donald Trump to attend the nearby G7 Summit in Charlevoix after landing aboard Air Force One at Canadian Forces Base Bagotville in La Baie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018.

Both men have shown a predilection for grasping the palms of their fellow leaders, Trump with the likes of French President Emmanuel Macron and, more awkwardly, with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

All his running bodyguards were decked up in black suits and blue ties.

North Korean state-run news reported Monday that Mr. Kim was seeking denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in response to a "changed era".

When Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday for perhaps the most significant nuclear talks since the Cold War, the American president will have his link to the US nuclear arsenal nearby at all times.

People crowded around poster stands at subway stations around the capital to read the news and gathered at noon in front of the city's main train station to watch a big screen display of images of Kim getting off the special Air China flight that took him to Singapore.

The US president and North Korean leader are staying in separate hotels, not far from each other, and will meet on Tuesday at a hotel on Sentosa, a popular tourist island a few hundred metres off the main island of Singapore.

Trump took office having been warned by President Obama that North Korea would be his gravest challenge, and tensions boiled nearly immediately as Pyongyang began a barrage of missile tests during Trump's first months in office.

It continues: "Even if a country had a hostile relationship with us in the past, our attitude is that if this nation respects our autonomy. we shall seek normalisation through dialogue".

Trump is set to meet with Lee on Monday.

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Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the USA and North Korea. She led a North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearization.

The meeting included North Korea Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son-hui and US negotiators Allison Hooker, the National Security Council's director for Korea, and Randall Schriver, assistant defense secretary for Asian and Pacific security affairs.

The president arrived in Asia having blown up relations with USA allies - and personally with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - over trade and Russian Federation, announcing via Twitter en route to Singapore that he'd withdraw from a joint agreement covering climate change and other issues. In subsequent years, the US and South Korea signed a mutual defence treaty, but nothing for the North.

Asked by a reporter how he felt about the summit, Trump said: "Very good".

He explained that he gave the North Korean official Trump's book, "Art of the Deal", while he was in North Korea.

Pompeo, who was in Singapore, did not go into specific details about how the USA would secure the country, but he said talks between the US and North Korea are moving briskly.

Experts believe the North is on the brink of being able to target the entire U.S. mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the United States and the North.

"It's never been done before", Trump said of a U.S.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is also in Singapore, said in a tweet that Washington was "committed to the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

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