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Geraldine Edwards
June 14, 2018

President Donald Trump is meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister on the eve of Tuesday's historic summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump and Kim will meet on Tuesday at 9 a.m. for talks on denuclearization.

Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore hours apart on Sunday night.

USA officials say Trump and Kim may hold one-on-one talks with only interpreters present.

Trump was received by Lee at the presidential palace Istana, where they were expected to discuss everything from the summit preparations to the US' tariff threats.

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Trump told reporters that his one-on-one with Kim had been "very, very good" and said the two have an "excellent relationship". Tuesday's meeting is the first ever between a sitting USA president and North Korean leader. "This is history", Huntsman said.

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North Korea's official media have reported that leader Kim Jong Un is in Singapore to meet President Donald Trump to discuss how to forge a new relationship.

Police blocked roads outside Changi's VIP complex hours before Kim's arrival.

Authorities in Singapore imposed tight security around the summit venue and related luxury hotels, including installing extra pot plants outside one contender for Kim's accommodation to obstruct reporters' views.

A procession of North Korean officials - including his younger sister Kim Yo Jong - arrived shortly afterward.

Kim has embarked on a flurry of diplomacy this year, holding two meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and two with China's Xi Jinping, leading to this first-ever summit between a North Korean leader and a sitting American president.

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"I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people, and he has that opportunity".

Reportedly, the test was conducted during the time when Donald Trump made a decision to tighten economic sanctions against North Korea and raised the possibility of military action.

But a series of diplomatic overtures involving North Korea, South Korea and the United States reduced tensions and led Trump in March to quickly accept Kim's invitation to meet. She emerged as an influential figure in Pyongyang's opaque leadership in February, when she led a North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea. "And I just think it's going to work out very nicely".

Kim has given little sign of any willingness to dismantle his nuclear programme, which experts believe he sees a vital to the survival of his family's dynastic rule. He called for North Korea to follow a "Libya model" in negotiations.

Just meeting with Trump will also give Kim a recognition North Korea has long sought, setting him up as global player and the leader of a country worthy of respect.

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