Business as usual in North Korea as public unaware of summit

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Of course, inside the hotel and around Sentosa, the advanced party and specialist security teams from North Korea and the US will be sweeping the location ahead of the arrivals of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.

The White House rejected the notion that Trump was looking back at the G7 rather than forward towards peace.

Watching Trudeau's press conference from Air Force One on his way to Singapore, Trump took umbrage at the Canadian leader's voter-tailored message and angrily rejected the communique.

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.

Just meeting with Mr Trump will also give Mr Kim recognition as the leader of a "normal" country and as an equal of the USA leader.

There was no official word that Kim had left the country Sunday and arrived in Singapore, hours before Trump.

Outside the Istana, the presidential palace where Trump met Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, well-wishers displayed American flags and a boy held up a sign reading: "I love President Trump!".

"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", Mr Kim told Mr Lee through an interpreter.

"Our people have been working very, very well with the representatives of North Korea".

Security was also tight outside the Shangri La Hotel, where Trump is expected to stay.

Considering Trump has admitted that he hasn't prepared for this upcoming meeting, he will need to rely on his alleged "best negotiator" skills to get the job done.

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Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said it was imperative that Trump bring up rights issues with Kim.

"The success will be in the shutter clicks of the cameras", he said. They didn't go further.

Trump insisted last week that the summit will "not be just a photo op", saying it will help forge a "good relationship" that would lead to a "process" toward the "ultimate making of a deal".

Trump and others in his government have said advancement has been made on obtaining a commitment from Kim to give up all his nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles.

The summit has been portrayed as a "get to know you" meeting.

The two countries have been at loggerheads for decades. They discussed Singapore-North Korea relations and developments on the Korean peninsula amidst Kim thanking the Singaporean premier for hosting the summit.

This has included backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation.

Kim may have shipped over the massive bulletproof and fireproof limousine that became a social media sensation when Kim was shown being driven across the border between the Koreas during his first summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in April, with a dozen staunch bodyguards encircling the auto.

Pyongyang has taken some steps to show sincerity, returning USA detainees and blowing up its nuclear test site.

Pompeo, who shifted to his current role in the spring after serving as Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director, spent Monday morning preparing with his top advisers, aides said.

It will be "easy", said Trump, but the reality was anything but. "So this isn't a question of preparation".

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