North Korea says it will discuss "denuclearization" on Korean peninsula with US

North Korea says it will discuss

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore Sunday ahead of a highly anticipated summit.

Trump, who had said the young dictator had a "one-time shot" to bring his country in from the cold with the summit, arrived hours later on Air Force One at Singapore's Paya Lebar Air Base.

But questions remain over Kim's willingness to fully abandon his nuclear program, dismantle weapons and allow independent experts in to verify and inspect every site in the country that might be involved.

But critics charge that the meeting risks being largely a triumph of style over substance.

Kim was the first to arrive in Singapore, landing at Changi airport on a commercial Air China plane, after intense speculation with the public tracking three separate aircraft leaving Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. Chairman Kim on Sunday held a meeting with Prime Minister Lee.

Despite the hefty costs, Lee said the summit would boost Singapore's status on the global stage.

The official said Trump and Kim would hold a one-on-one meeting on Tuesday that could last up to two hours.

As Kim's black Mercedes arrived at the St Regis hotel in downtown Singapore, it was flanked by bodyguards in identical black suits jogging alongside the auto.

It also offered a list of Pyongyang's talking points, saying Kim and Trump will exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on establishing a new relationship, the issue of building a "permanent and durable peace mechanism" and realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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But former USA deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage said he expects little progress on the key issue of defining the parameters of denuclearisation. They watered down the joint communique - scaling back comments on issues of climate and other concerns of the liberal order - in a bid to get Trump on board.

Some people were grumbling in the wealthy city-state because of traffic jams caused by the summit and the cost of hosting two leaders with massive security needs.

Earlier in the day the U.S. President tweeted that it was "great to be in Singapore" and that there was "excitement in the air!"

Pompeo said at a White House press briefing on June 7 that Trump won't budge on anything less than the complete denuclearization of North Korea.

Rodman added that he's "honored" to call Trump "a friend".

The two countries have been at loggerheads for decades. 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. While hostilities ended with an armistice in 1953, no peace treaty has been signed yet.

Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the U.S. and North Korea.

Trump's hotel is only 570 meters, or a five-minute walk, away from The St. Regis hotel where Kim is staying.

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