'A changed era': How North Korea is reporting the summit

'A changed era': How North Korea is reporting the summit

'A changed era': How North Korea is reporting the summit

Motorcades for President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are both en route to the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island, where the two leaders will hold their historic meeting. Recently, Kim Jong Un sent him to the United States to hand-deliver a letter to Trump, making him North Korea's most senior official to visit its wartime foe in 18 years.

Talks proceeded at multiple levels, including logistical discussions to allay Kim's fears of being deposed while traveling further afield than he ever has before as the country's leader.

Trump arrived at the hotel after issuing a flurry of tweets dismissing skeptics of the meeting between USA leaders and the rogue nuclear nation as "haters & losers".

Several hours later, camera crews captured Kim and his entourage entering another luxury hotel on the island: the Marina Bay Sands - a 55-floor hotel and entertainment mecca with an infinity pool, lookout point, and the Ce La Vi bar and restaurant on the rooftop.

When Trump met former North Korean military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol at the White House two weeks ago, the president said they didn't discuss human rights, underscoring that it was not a primary concern.

However, he played down the possibility of a quick breakthrough and said the summit should set the framework for "the hard work that will follow", insisting that North Korea had to move toward complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

More than 2,500 journalists have convened here, with each leader's every movement tracked carefully.

'A changed era': How North Korea is reporting the summit

"Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly. but in the end, that doesn't matter", he said.

Trump and Kim are staying in two separate hotels elsewhere in Singapore - Kim at the St. Regis Hotel, and Trump less than half a mile away at the Shangri La Hotel.

Despite the initial high stakes of a summit meant to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, the talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-each-other meeting. Trump appeared to be speaking to Kim throughout the 12 seconds of the handshake but Kim did not reply.

For the first time on Sunday, North Korean state TV announced details of Kim's schedule in Singapore, describing the summit as "historic" and saying Kim would be exchanging "wide-ranging and profound views" with President Trump.

Trump has downplayed what will come from the meeting, and told reporters last week that it is likely to be just the start. Her earlier trip to South Korea in January triggered a media frenzy.

Donald Trump. (AAP) Kim Jong-un.

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get U.S. troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.

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