President Trump arrives in Singapore for Tuesday's summit with Kim Jong Un

President Trump arrives in Singapore for Tuesday's summit with Kim Jong Un

Beijing is expected to take a bigger role in Korean peninsula negotiations after US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meet on Tuesday - helping the two sides to push forward any deals they make.

On Tuesday, the two leaders will begin their meeting with a one-on-one session at 9 am local time.

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

Washington is demanding the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the North, while Pyongyang has so far only made public pledges of its commitment to the denuclearisation of the peninsula - a term open to wide interpretation - while seeking security guarantees in return.

The Trump administration has previously insisted on "complete, verifiable, irreversible disarmament" (CVID) of North Korea, with the emphasis on unilateral steps by Pyongyang rewarded by United States security assurances.

He has only publicly left his country three times since taking power after his father's death in late 2011 - twice travelling to China and once across his shared border with the South to the southern part of the Demilitarised Zone in recent summits with the leaders of China and South Korea respectively.

North Korea spent decades developing nuclear weapons, culminating in the test of a thermonuclear device in 2017. "We will not be surprised by any scenario", said the official.

Earlier on Sunday, Trump's Air Force One landed at Paya Lebar Air Base in the central east of Singapore after undertaking a 17-hour long flight from Quebec Canada where he attended the G7 summit.

Police blocked roads outside Changi's VIP complex hours before Kim's arrival.

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The summit's venue is the Capella hotel on Sentosa, a resort island off Singapore's port with luxury hotels, a Universal Studios theme park and man-made beaches.

In October, Trump praised the US relationship with Singapore and called Loong a "wonderful and loyal partner".

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. This has included backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation.

Ahead of the summit, Trump told reporters that within the first minute of his meeting with Kim he will know whether or not he is serious about the talks.

A flurry of meetings and activity followed Kim's announcement in January, culminating in a personal request to meet with Trump on March 8.

South Korea has started surveying South Koreans who would be willing to meet their war-separated relatives in North Korea for temporary reunions planned between the rivals as a reconciliatory measure.

Mr Kim arrived on a plane loaned from China along with his outspoken Foreign Minister, Ri Yong-ho, Defence Minister No Kwang-chol and his sister Kim Yo-jong.

The North invaded the South in 1950 and the ensuing war pitted US-led United Nations troops backing Seoul against Pyongyang's forces which were aided by China.

Bolton's hardline rhetoric last month infuriated North Korea and almost derailed the summit. We appreciate the working together with North Korea.

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