Global journalists prepare for Trump Kim summit in Singapore's media center

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

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, June 11, 2018, in Singapore.

Led by Sung Kim, a longtime State Department diplomat who now serves as the US ambassador to the Philippines, the USA team had held at least five sessions with the Pyongyang delegation over the past two weeks at the demilitarized zone in Korea.

Their meeting is expected to begin Tuesday with a one-on-one session - just Trump and Kim and their personal interpreters.

Donald Trump has sat down for lunch with his Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Sky News video showed the impressive motorcade that that carried Kim from the airport to his overnight lodgings.

Paul Haenle worries there's a preparation gap that has left Trump - and the USA - at a disadvantage.

Whether they could agree to a draft document will likely determine whether Kim and Trump can sign a tangible "outcome" at the summit.

At the same time, Trump stressed that Washington would not accept Pyongyang's refusal to denuclearize.

Trump, who is staying in a separate hotel, the Shangri-La, is due to meet Lee on Monday. Some analysts said a Kim commitment to specific negotiations on denuclearisation could well be enough for Tuesday's summit to be a success.

The comment can be dismissed as casual optimism characteristic of the U.S. leader, but the watchers interpreted it as suggesting that the atmosphere in their last-minute negotiations on denuclearization may not be discouraging.

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The meeting comes on the eve of a historic summit between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Later, Pompeo shared a picture of Trump speaking with the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Singapore.

Trump and Kim are to have the first ever US-North Korea summit in Singapore on Tuesday, with the American leader hoping his counterpart will scrap his nuclear weapons program in return for security guarantees. South Korea's Hankook Ilbo reported that Singapore recommended the St. Regis, which hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping during his 2015 summit with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, because it can be easily secured. The leaders are spending the night at hotels about a half-mile apart in the upscale shopping area in Tanglin.

"Thanks PM Lee for spending $20 million of taxpayers money, which can. help a lot of needy families in Singapore to survive", posted one Facebook user.

Trump spoke to a group of White House reporters in Charlevoix in the Canadian province of Quebec after cutting short his appearance at the G-7 leaders' gathering. He could be seen speeding through Singapore on Sunday in a black limousine adorned with large North Korean flags. Long-time USA allies like Canada and Germany protested Trump-backed tariffs on their exports, and threatened to retaliate with their own tariffs on U.S. products.

A "changed era" had come about, it said.

He initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile programme that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States.

It is no easy task. The Korean War of the early 1950s ended with a ceasefire, not a treaty. In subsequent years, the US and South Korea signed a mutual defence treaty, but nothing for the North. "And if I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time".

"He is going to make a basic this guy serious or is, as some people think, this all a ruse and a North Korean deception?"

In a statement obtained by CNN, Rodman says he considers Trump to be a friend and expressed his confidence in his ability to get the job done in their summit. "But I really feel confident". But he cautioned that Kim "won't have that opportunity again" if the talks do not go well - describing this opportunity for diplomacy with the United States as a "one-time shot".

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