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Jan Cook | 11 June, 2018, 15:40

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump have landed in Singapore ahead of a landmark summit on Tuesday.

Still, other analysts said Mr. Kim was as determined as Mr. Trump to make this meeting a success.

On Wednesday, the summit was declared an "Enhanced Security Special Event" by the Minister for Home Affairs under the Public Order Act.

Trump went from one global leadership summit to another this weekend, leaving the G-7 conference in Canada to fly to Singapore.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves upon his arrival at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore, before his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, June 10, 2018.

That modest vision marks a break with the stratospheric goals he set after he agreed on March 8 to this meeting.

Kim's younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, who assisted with the lowering of tensions between North Korea and the worldwide community by attending the Winter Olympics in South Korea, is among the North Korean delegation. It brings the president more in line with veteran diplomats who have dealt with North Korea and know firsthand the difficulty of extracting verifiable concessions, and it helps ensure that - whatever happens on Tuesday - the president can tout it as a win.

An unsuccessful summit, which will begin Monday night Washington time, could plunge U.S. Singapore is the leading oil trading hub in Asia - third in the world after NY and London. "It is a historic negotiation, and there is no way this president is not going to stand strong", Kudlowsaid.

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Even if Kim offers only "a fine-sounding rhetorical commitment, and maybe a few missile surrendered or some site closures", he said, Trump will "market this thing as something extraordinary for his voters back home".

On the USA side, joining Trump was a delegation of high-level officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton. Any deal would likely depend on North Korea's willingness to open its facilities for inspection.

Pompeo has disputed the notion that the president is moving the goalposts, telling reporters Thursday that Trump "has always understood that this was a process". Trump and Kim lookalikes held a summit of their own at a local shopping mall, while one bistro is offering a libation known as the Trump-Kim "Bromance:" Beer, tequila, diet Coke and the Korean distilled rice liquor known as soju. "I'll tell you what the Marshall wants more than anything".

"Let me say how much I appreciate this man's leadership in terms of reaching out to the North Koreans", the then-U.S. President said.

The president's rhetoric has not mirrored that of his new secretary of state.

Trump's North Korean counterpart had also attended a meeting with PM Lee at the Istana yesterday for a half-hour session.

"I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump said. "It's never going to be there again".

In contrast, Trump reached the White House via a career in property development and reality television, followed by an unprecedentedly populist presidential campaign that upended the USA political establishment. And after being asked directly whether he agreed with a fellow Trump administration official that there was a "special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pompeo demurred, declining to disavow the inflammatory statement made Sunday by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro. "Give me a break, OK?" "So what I'm saying is, we could have an agreement". However, we'll just have to wait and see how it actually pans out.

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