President Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un shake hands to open momentous summit

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As the two leaders met, Singapore navy vessels, and air force Apache helicopters patrolled, while fighter jets and an Gulfstream 550 early warning aircraft circled.

Trump and Kim will first meet one-on-one in a closed session, before a larger meeting with key advisers, U.S. officials said.

Arriving at the Marina Bay Sands at around 10pm, he waved and smiled at a small crowd that had gathered in the hotel foyer. Abbreviating the meeting to a single day could make it easier to cast the summit as an early, symbolic opening, rather than a substantive negotiation in which a lack of tangible progress would suggest failure on the part of the negotiators.

Before a row of alternating US and North Korean flags, the leaders shook hands warmly at a Singapore island resort, creating an indelible image of two unorthodox leaders as they opened a conversation that could determine historic peace or raise the specter of a growing nuclear threat. The Koreans, in the North and in the South, understand that, and the inter-Korean 'Panmunjom Declaration" of 27 April focusses not on denuclearisation (although that is one of the stated goals) but on the two Koreas" "firm commitment to bring a swift end to the Cold War relic of longstanding division and confrontation", transforming the "unnatural state of armistice' into a "robust peace regime'.

Addressing reporters on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to keep expectations in check, saying: "We are hopeful this summit will have set the conditions for future successful talks".

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The national security adviser's previous remark that disarmament should follow the "Libya model" embraced by Moammar Qaddafi - who after giving up his nuclear weapons was later overthrown and killed in a US-backed uprising - prompted an angry reply from Pyongyang. Clapper recognises the security concerns of the North: "If we can figure out a way to lead North Korea's leaders to a place where they don't feel so threatened, we could move away from the cusp of a cataclysmic war". "If diplomacy does not move in the right direction. those measures will increase".

Pompeo said these guarantees would be "different and unique" than America has been willing to provide before.

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Kim's bodyguards were also spotted running alongside the vehicle after he arrived in Singapore.

Bandow noted that American companies could also turn to North Korea for low-priced manufacturing, which neighbors - like China and South Korea - already benefit from.

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Toward the end of the meeting. "I only consider it successful if it gets done", Trump said Wednesday night on "Special Report ". Trump himself addressed the video Tuesday and played it for reporters, noting it was brought to Singapore on an iPad.

"North Korea should act with caution", the spokesman urged, stressing that "the nature of the United States government is not such that one can be optimistic about it".

Although gaps remain over what denuclearisation would entail, Trump sounded a positive note in a lunch meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Trump told Lee at a luncheon, "We've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow".

Tuesday's summit is an extraordinary turnaround from a year ago, when Trump threatened the North with "fire and fury" and Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged USA dotard", sending fears of conflict soaring.

Trump was presented with a birthday cake by his Singaporean host. Their hotels, less than a kilometre (mile) apart, are cordoned off with heavy security.

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