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Kim in limo? Massive convoy presumably carrying N. Korean leader rolls through Singapore

Kim in limo? Massive convoy presumably carrying N. Korean leader rolls through Singapore

Kim was also quoted as saying that, "If the summit produces positive outcomes, then the Singaporean government's effort will be recorded in history forever".

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

Kim arrived in Singapore several hours before Trump, landing at Singapore Changi Airport. Trump is expected to meet Lee on Monday.

In a tweet on Monday, he said: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!"

He said more than one meeting with North Korea will be necessary to complete a meaningful deal, but the summit is a start.

The talks, scheduled for Tuesday, will be the first between a USA and North Korean leader, and follow delicate diplomatic manoeuvres.

Kim arrived on an Air China jet, NPR's Elise Hu reports.

Authorities imposed tight security around the summit venue and the luxury hotels where the leaders were to stay - including installing extra pot plants outside Kim's accommodation to obstruct reporters' views.

Kim and Trump arrived in tropical Singapore on Sunday for the first ever face-to-face meeting by leaders of two countries that have been enemies since the 1950-1953 Korean War.

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After shaking hands with Singapore's foreign minister, Kim sped through the streets in a limousine, two large North Korean flags fluttering on the hood, surrounded by other black vehicles with tinted windows and bound for the luxurious and closely guarded St. Regis Hotel.

"It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before".

Lee met Kim at the Istana on Sunday evening to discuss bilateral ties, and developments in the Korean peninsula and the region.

U.S. presidents and vice-presidents generally never fly on the same aircraft to guarantee that one of them survives in the event of a disaster, and the move appeared created to ensure the preservation of the Kim dynasty, which has ruled the North for three generations.

North Korea has so far presented Kim's sudden diplomatic overtures to his neighbors and to the United States as a logical next step following what Kim has claimed is the completion of his plan to develop a credible nuclear deterrent to what Pyongyang has long claimed is a policy of hostility and "nuclear blackmail" by Washington.

The top United States and North Korean negotiators held a last-ditch meeting in Singapore on Monday to try to narrow the gap between the two sides on what denuclearisation by North Korea should look like.

"Kim Jong Un, I understand, is not like his father", Richardson said. We appreciate the working together with North Korea.

But it is Mr Kim's pursuit of nuclear weapons that gives his meeting with Mr Trump such high stakes. "He's got an opportunity, the likes of which I think nearly - if you look into history - very few people have ever had".