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A limousine, front, with a North Korean flag believed to be carrying leader Kim Jong Un travels past Singapore's Orchard Road on its way to the St Regis Hotel as he arrives in Singapore on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

Singapore's foreign minister says it's "all systems go" for a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to be held in the Southeast Asian city-state next week.

Singapore will spend about 20 million dollars to host the historic summit between Trump and Kim, Prime Minister Loong revealed.

However, Reuters reported that Mr Kim would be leaving Singapore at 2pm tomorrow, citing a source involved in planning his visit.

Choi's fiery outburst at Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, and Vice President Mike Pence a fortnight ago was blamed for Trump suddenly, and briefly, cancelling the summit.

"The entire world is watching the historic summit between [North Korea] and the United States of America, and thanks to your honest efforts ... we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit", Kim told Lee through an interpreter.

Another Pyongyang report quoting Kim Yong-nam, the nominal head of state, as telling leader Kim to achieve outstanding outcomes from the summit with the USA has also drawn attention.

The North invaded the South in 1950 and the ensuing war saw US-led United Nations troops backing Seoul fight their way to a stalemate against Pyongyang's forces which were aided by Russian Federation and China, before the conflict ended in stalemate and an armistice which sealed the division of the peninsula.

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The KCNA report was unusual in its clarity, mentioning the "historic first summit meeting and talks" between Kim and Trump.

The U.S.is hoping to leave the summit with a commitment from North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons but it is not yet clear what it would take for North Korea to agree to such an agreement.

President Trump, meanwhile, touched down on Air Force One at the Paya Lebar airbase shortly before 8.30 p.m. local time.

"Maybe we'll start with the White House", he told reporters after he was asked whether he would invite the North Korean leader to the White House or Mar-a-lago.

Earlier, in March, the North Korean leader had made his first trip overseas to China and in April he became the first North Korean leader to step foot in South Korea where he met South Korean President Moon Jae-in at Panmunjom on their mutual border.

"Beijing knows that it has limited influence over both the United States and North Korea when it comes to denuclearisation", said Zhao Tong, a North Korea specialist at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre in Beijing.

Critics worry Kim has already won by scoring such a high-profile meeting.

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The North Korea state run newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, said Tuesday's meeting would discuss "wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-US relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula". As a part of that process, he also announced a suspension of nuclear and missile tests and the dismantlement of a key atomic testing facility that was carried out last month.

Even so, the summit continues to be a highly sensitive topic in North Korea and it is hard - even more so than usual - to get people to express their opinions about it.


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