Donald Trump accepts Singapore president's invitation for state visit in November

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What would be a successful or unsuccessful summit depends on who's asked.

The security has been further tightened in Singapore following the arrival of United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to participate in the "historic summit" on June 12.

But the two leaders also share some parallels.

"I'm very confident the relationships between our countries, the United States and those G-7 countries, will continue to move forward on a strong basis", Pompeo said.

Just meeting with Mr Trump will also give Mr Kim recognition as the leader of a "normal" country and as an equal of the USA leader. Here's more on the challenges the interpreters could face.

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump impersonators, Howard X, left, and Dennis Alan, jump together as they pose for photographs on Friday.

The short answer is nobody knows for sure.

But critics have warned that the meeting risks being largely light on substance considering what is believed to be a wide gap between the USA and the North on the denuclearization issue. The Canadian, Michael Spavor, ended up serving as the pair's personal interpreter.

The coordinated messaging appeared to be designed both to prime the North Korean public for potential change, and also to dispel rumours that Kim did not wish to publicise the trip - his first as leader outside of his own borders or nearby China - for fear of a coup.

After meeting Pyongyang's envoy, Mr. Trump acknowledged explicitly that there would have to be many such rounds to achieve the desired outcome.

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"Lee Eun-ho, a 70-year-old worker, said the North would never give up its nuclear weapons as Kim had "developed them to hold on to power in the first place". The Trump administration also launched the so-called "maximum pressure" campaign that sought to choke North Korea with sanctions.

Images from the G7 summit on June 8 and 9, suggest that's not quite the case. "They pocket all of it and lose essentially nothing", said Christopher Hill, President George W. Bush's lead nuclear negotiator with the North.

The invitation was made in a hand-written letter that was delivered to Trump at the White House by North Korean emissary Kim Yong Chol, South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported. But some say it's unlikely a specific statement will come out of the meeting.

DPRK stands for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"I'm asking every Democrat who wrote that letter and all my Republican colleagues to tell North Korea and China that if diplomacy fails, we will have the president's back, we'll authorize the use of military force as a last resort to stop the nuclear threat in North Korea to the American homeland and the world at-large".

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

There's wild speculation about how Kim will perform on the world stage, although one question was answered Sunday: His grim-faced, well-muscled bodyguards marched alongside his armored limousine at one point in Singapore, just as they did when he met the South Korean leader in April. The president has consistently predicted success, even as his definition of that has grown foggier.

The North Koreans did not seem keen to be interviewed or photographed, however.

Trump and Kim touched down on a sweltering early summer day in Singapore, the city-state founded in the early 19th Century as a British colony because of its position at the intersection of sea lanes between Europe and Asia.

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