Changi [Singapore], June 11: The security has been further tightened in Singapore following the arrival of United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to participate in the "historic summit" on June 12.
Kim met the Singaporean prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, briefly on Sunday, smiling broadly as the two posed for photographs.
It formally referred to Trump by his full name in the Monday report, including his middle initial - the first time it has done so.
The North, many experts believe, stands on the brink of being able to target the entire US mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the USA and the North.
Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get USA troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea. Kim spent the day mostly out of view - until he left his hotel for a late-night tour of Singapore sights, including the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, billed as the world's biggest glass greenhouse.
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The United Nations fears that a battle in Hodeidah could be devastating for the estimated 600,000 people still living in the city. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday called on all parties "to honour their commitments to work with the UN".
But former USA deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage said he expects little progress on the key issue of defining the parameters of denuclearisation. It heralded the summit as part of a "changed era".
Prime Minister Lee wished Kim a success for the summit and expressed hope that the US-DPRK meeting will advance the prospects for peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and the larger region. There was also no sign of his sister, Kim Yo Jong, who has accompanied him to Singapore.
Beyond the impact on both leaders' political fortunes, the summit could shape the fate of countless people - the citizens of impoverished North Korea, the tens of millions living in the shadow of the North's nuclear threat, and millions more worldwide.
Trump advisers cast his actions as a show of strength before the Kim meeting.
However, he played down the possibility of a quick breakthrough and said the summit, which gets underway on Tuesday at 9am (11am AEST) should set the framework for "the hard work that will follow", insisting that North Korea had to move toward complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation. "We must put the American worker first!" He told Lee: "We've got very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I just think it's going to work out very nicely".