Kim Singapore summit: All the latest updates

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Commenting for the first time on the agenda, North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency said the two sides would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" to re-set relations.

For his part, Trump accused the summit host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, of lying, and threatened to end trade with G-7 nations that he said use unfair practices.

The standard thinking goes that he needs quick help to stabilize and then rebuild an economy that has suffered amid a decades-long pursuit of nuclear bombs, and that the North Koreans see a unique chance to win concessions, legitimacy and protection from a meeting with a highly unconventional USA president who's willing to consider options past American leaders would not.

Few people expect Kim to commit to what some Trump administration officials call "CVID:" Complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of nuclear weapons programs - certainly not at this meeting, and perhaps not ever.

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 US 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.

Speaking just before embarking on his marathon journey to Singapore for the pair's historic summit, Trump bristled with confidence as he boasted that contacts between their respective negotiating teams had been positive.

"We will not be surprised by any scenario", said the official. Kim, who arrived in the city earlier on Sunday to participate in the much-anticipated meeting with US President Donald Trump, was accompanied by an army of his running bodyguards. "You don't know. This has not been done before at this level".

According to National Security Council spokesman Robert Palladino, President Trump intends to meet one on one with Kim.

"Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!"

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"Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!"

Kim had arrived hours earlier in a plane loaned by China, which for decades has been North Korea's only major ally.

The North Korean leader shook hands with Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan shortly after arriving at Singapore's Chagi airport.

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. "North Korea has nuclear weapons".

Dare I say it, conventional politics would not have got us to the point where we are now.

Today, Sung Kim, a former United States ambassador to South Korea and former nuclear negotiator with the North, will lead a U.S. delegation for a working group with a North Korean delegation at the Ritz Carlton hotel, Ms Sanders said.

He has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty.

Kim held a meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of the planned summit.

It was not clear what Kim Jong Un, who arrived Sunday afternoon, was planning to do on Monday or whether he meant to leave his hotel, the St. Regis, about a half-mile from where Trump's delegation is staying.

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