Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore for historic summit; meets Singapore PM

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North Korea said Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump will discuss "denuclearization" and "durable peace" on the Korean peninsula during their upcoming summit.

"[President Trump] is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea", Kudlow said on CNN's State of the Union.

"That would complete his lifetime mission".

Despite their isolation and the image of North Korea as a backward state, North Korean negotiators are always well-briefed, and a new generation of younger diplomats is savvier about the outside world than their older counterparts.

Kim Dae-jung won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 for the first-ever inter-Korean summit since the 1950-53 Korean War with Kim Jong Il, the late father of current North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

He added that the South would have to provide the North with economic aid as the two were ultimately one people.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated during a speech in Berlin a year ago: "The severed inter-Korean railway will be connected again".

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The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Democrats want President Trump to succeed at his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but that the talks are "a risk".

Singapore is notorious for the strictness with which it enforces law and order, while South Korean media are known for their persistence.

That could precede a full treaty which would raise complex issues needing extensive negotiation, and would need to involve China, which backed the North during the conflict and is a signatory to the armistice.

Lim declined to comment for this story.

"North Koreans are very tough to deal with", said Richardson.

A Singaporean woman who was jogging nearby said it can't be helped that residents will face some inconvenience.

"It was around the time when conservative, anti-North Korea protesters camping out in front of his home every day", Lee said.

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However, Trump and his aides insist that a US -led "maximum pressure" campaign of the toughest-ever economic sanctions, diplomatic action and military threats is what has drawn Kim to the negotiating table. Then on Friday, the former real estate tycoon insisted he had actually been preparing for his encounter with Kim "all my life". However, he died just one month before the scheduled address. It also successfully tested missiles with enough range to reach the U.S. mainland.

Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said it was imperative that Trump bring up rights issues with Kim. Kim smiled broadly Sunday evening as he met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

A USA official says Monday that the leaders will meet for up to two hours before an expanded bilateral meeting with their respective advisers.

Tuesday's meeting will be the first between a sitting United States president and a leader of North Korea, whose nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions have raised global concerns and seen tensions soar.

The talks will focus on reaching an agreement on the denuclearisation of North Korea in exchange for the easing of economic and diplomatic sanctions. But there is skepticism whether he will suddenly give up an arsenal in which he and his family have invested for decades.

White House aides described Trump in the days after receiving the initial Kim invitation as being obsessed by visions of winning the Nobel Peace Prize and of using the skills he laid out in his book "The Art of the Deal" to put his mark on the global order.

Officials remain uncertain what will come out of Tuesday's unprecedented summit, the first of its kind between a sitting US president and the leader of North Korea.

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