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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived Sunday in Singapore ahead of one of the most unusual summits in recent world history, a sit-down Tuesday with President Donald Trump.

"Chairman Kim thanked Prime Minister Lee for Singapore's hosting of the US-DPRK Summit", the document adds.

People try to get a peek of the vehicle carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Saturday in Singapore ahead of the summit between the North Korean leader and Trump.

A year ago the North carried out what was by far its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched a flurry of missiles - including two over Japan - while Trump threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury" and Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

The Monday report from the Korean Central News Agency mentioned the summit agenda, including denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

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The summit - the first between a sitting United States president and any North Korean Leader - will mark a turnaround of relations between Trump and Kim after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.

Kim arrived in Singapore aboard an Air China jet amid fears his Soviet-era Ilyushin IL-62 would not make the distance, having never been taken on a long-haul trip before.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations as well as the summit and the recent positive developments on the Korean peninsula.

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.

US President Donald Trump is set to arrive in the city-state later on Sunday.

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One diplomatic source in Singapore said, "Tension was very high in North Korea, hence the secrecy".

Trump said after a meeting with North Korean envoy Kim Yong-chul at the Whitehouse.

During the flight, the President spent time meeting with his staff, reading materials, and preparing for his meetings in Singapore. Their meeting is expected to begin Tuesday with a one-on-one session - just Trump and Kim and their personal interpreters.

On Wednesday, the summit was declared an "Enhanced Security Special Event" by the Minister for Home Affairs under the Public Order Act. Trump 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. But there are major doubts, given how hard it has been for Kim to build his program and given that the weapons are seen as the major guarantee to his holding onto unchecked power.

Any nuclear deal will hinge on North Korea's willingness to allow unfettered outside inspections of the country's warheads and nuclear fuel, much of which is likely kept in a vast complex of underground facilities.

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The meeting, held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Singapore Marina Bay district, lasted about two hours, and delegates from both sides appeared expressionless as they left, a South China Morning Post reporter at the scene said.

North Korea wants a staged approach to dismantling its nuclear weapons program and a security guarantee from the USA in return. The Korean War of the early 1950s ended with a ceasefire, not a treaty.

Trump's administration has insisted that CVID is a foremost requirement that Pyongyang must meet for lasting peace on the Korean peninsula.

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