Singapore diplomat: 'All systems go' for Trump-Kim summit

U.S. President Donald Trump disembarks Air Force One as he arrives in Singapore

U.S. President Donald Trump disembarks Air Force One as he arrives in Singapore

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un landed in Singapore on Sunday ahead of an historic summit with US President Donald Trump on Tuesdat that could end a nuclear stand-off between the old foes and transform his impoverished country.

According to BBC, before setting off, US President Trump described the summit as a "one-time shot" at peace and said the two were in "unknown territory in the truest sense".

The role would be as a "guarantor", Chinese analysts say, not just of progress on the denuclearisation Washington is seeking, but also to ensure what Kim wants most: the safety of his regime.

"It's unknown territory in the truest sense, but I really feel confident", he told reporters.

Kim's explosive personality is particularly relevant because going into the North Korea summit, President Donald Trump has suggested that the meeting will be less about preparation and more about attitude.

The North, experts believe, stands on the brink of being able to target the entire USA 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.

Raising expectations in advance of the meeting, Trump said the outcome will depend heavily on his own instincts.

Mr Kim's summit with Mr Trump has captured intense global attention after a turn to diplomacy in recent months replaced, for the time being, serious fears of war past year amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests.

"If diplomacy fails, will you support my efforts to authorize the use of military force as a last resort to convince North Korea and China that things are going to be different this time?" he said on ABC News. "I don't want to waste his time", Trump said.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves upon his arrival at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore before his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

The extent to which this meeting is unprecedented can be seen in the fact that Kim has made only two trips before as a leader, both to China, as part of the groundwork for Tuesday's summit.

Trump "very much conceives it as a test of wills and of a contest of one man and another", Axios' source stressed. The historic summit between Kim and Trump is set to take place at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa this Tuesday. Again accusing the longtime USA ally of unfair trade practices, Trump added: "Then Justin acts hurt when called out!" There, Trump announced the summit was back on for June 12.

Last year, the North made one of the biggest breakthroughs in its missile and nuclear weapons programs - which it says it needs to defend against the risk of a US invasion - when it announced that it had "completed" its state nuclear program after testing a missile capable of striking most, if not all, of the continental U.S. Seeing Nobel Peace Prize laurels and eyeing potential to show up his critics at home and overseas, Trump is granting Kim the worldwide legitimacy he's long sought in hopes of securing a legacy-defining accord.

The one thing it is impossible for North Koreans to understand, however, is how big the difference in prosperity is between their country and developed nations like the United States and South Korea.

Delegations from both countries then launched into a frenetic period of negotiations that are expected to culminate with Tuesday's meeting.

"So far so good", Trump said. "I can see we are doing what we can by all means", a Singaporean told Yonhap News Agency on condition of anonymity. "I very much look forward to it", he said.

News that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited North Korea was front page news with a big photo of him shaking Kim's hand the following day in the ruling party newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun.

The U.S. president also dangled the prospect of inviting Kim to Washington if the meeting is a success.

Trump reiterated his promise Saturday that the U.S.

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