Trump tells Singapore leader he can 'work things out nicely' with Kim

Trump arrives at Paya Lebar Air Base for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Sunday

Final preparations are underway in Singapore for Tuesday's historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

U.S. President Donald Trump and members of his delegation, including National Security Advisor John Bolton and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, attend lunch during a meeting at the Istana in Singapore June 11, 2018.

The United States and North Korea have been in a technical state of war for decades after the eruption of the 1950-1953 Korean War, which pitted USA -led U.N. troops backing Seoul against Pyongyang's forces that were aided by China.

Mr Kim's Air China flight from Pyongyang touched down at the VIP terminal of Changi Airport on Sunday at about 2.40pm, while Mr Trump's Air Force One landed at Paya Lebar Airbase close to 8pm.

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 vehicle.

The official said Trump and Kim would hold a one-on-one meeting on Tuesday that could last up to two hours. "It's never going to be there again", Trump said on Saturday.

Tuesday's summit will be the first between a North Korean leader and a sitting American President.

Trump, who is staying in a separate hotel, the Shangri-La, is due to meet Lee on Monday. Trump is expected to meet Lee on Monday.

Those points were echoed in Monday's media coverage, which stressed that the talks with Trump would be focused on forging a relationship that is more in tune with what it called changing times - most likely meaning the North's new status as a nuclear weapons state - its desire for a mechanism to ensure a lasting a durable peace on the Korean Peninsula and, finally, denuclearization.

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Kim arrived with Kim Yong-chol, his right-hand man and Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho.

Hours earlier, Kim had arrived in a jet and was received by Balakrishnan before heading to St Regis Hotel. It's a reflection of the intense global curiosity over Kim's sudden turn to diplomacy in recent months after a slew of North Korean nuclear and missile tests a year ago raised serious fears of war.

Experts believe the North is on the brink of being able to target the entire USA mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the U.S. and the North. The test will be whether a deal has "verifiable elements of a denuclearization", to prove whether the North has dismantled its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines who has taken the lead on policy negotiations with the North, will hold a "working group" with a North Korean delegation to discuss final preparations for the meeting.

Last year, the North made one of the biggest breakthroughs in its missile and nuclear weapons programs - which it says it needs to defend against the risk of a USA invasion - when it announced that it had "completed" its state nuclear program after testing a missile capable of striking most, if not all, of the continental U.S.

Citing an unnamed US government official, .

Kim smiled broadly in the meeting Sunday evening.

The talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-you session.

Both the United States and North Korea have to agree on a venue that meets their requirements and is "politically and diplomatically" acceptable to them as well, he said.

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