North Korea leader Kim arrives in Singapore ahead of Trump meeting

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Senior officials from the United States and North Korea held constructive talks in Singapore ahead of the historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Monday.

North Korean state media has confirmed that the leaders of North Korea and the USA will focus on ensuring permanent peace and a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula in Singapore.

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

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.

President Trump's first meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be held one-on-one, according to a White House official.

There was speculation throughout the day over whether Kim Jong Un had taken his private jet- an Ilyushin IL-62M - from Pyongyang, but official photos released by the Singaporean Ministry of Communications and Information showing Kim meeting Balakrishnan on the tarmac appear to reveal that he flew to Singapore aboard an Air China Boeing 747.

"Wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-US relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era, will be exchanged at the DPRK-US summit talks", the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported in English.

The North Korean leader then traveled to the St. Regis Hotel - where he will be staying for the duration of the visit - in his armored limousine, which arrived on a separate flight.

"I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World".

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Kim has shown surprising diplomatic skills in his meetings with overseas leaders this year.

One analyst told Al Jazeera Trump will seek to promote his image as a deal-maker.

Trump had called Kim "Little Rocket Man" and threatened to unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" on North Korea as it conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of worldwide warnings.

Trump, 71, landed at Paya Lebar Airbase on board Air Force One after cutting short his time at the G7 summit in Canada.

Trump was joined at the meeting with Lee by USA officials including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

The talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-you session. And based on the tweets that Trump sent Monday morning, it doesn't seem like he left his baggage from the first summit at the door. The US president has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty.

North Korea wants a staged approach to dismantling its nuclear weapons program and a security guarantee from the U.S. in return.

Trump's administration has insisted that CVID is a foremost requirement that Pyongyang must meet for lasting peace on the Korean peninsula. Progress could lead to a peace treaty and formally end a state of war on the Korean Peninsula, which has persisted for almost 70 years.

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