In eye of storm, North Koreans sees scant news of Kim's trip

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Barbed wire and smuggled crabs Watching North Korea from China

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The eyes of the world upon them, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un headed on Tuesday into their historic summit balancing the elusive promise of peace against the specter of a growing nuclear threat.

The top U.S. and North Korean negotiators held a last-ditch meeting in Singapore on Monday to try to narrow the gap between the two sides on what denuclearisation by North Korea should look like.

"We've got a very interesting meeting. tomorrow, and I just think it's going to work out very nicely", Trump said.

"We remain committed to the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted.

The mercurial U.S. leader has whipsawed on expectations for the meeting, signalling that it could be the beginning of a "process" of several meetings, only to call it a "one-time shot" for peace as he embarked for Singapore.

Kim arrived in Singapore on board an Air China 747 that, according to flight tracking website Flightradar24, took off from Pyongyang in the morning ostensibly bound for Beijing then changed its flight number in midair and headed south.

The North has sought such a meeting for decades, where its leader will meet a USA president as an equal rather than as the representative of a pariah state.

As Kim's black Mercedes arrived at the St Regis hotel in downtown Singapore, it was flanked by bodyguards in identical black suits jogging alongside the vehicle.

"We will not be surprised by any scenario", said the official.

"One of my worries is that we come out of this Singapore summit with something that looks remarkably like the Six Party Talks or anything that the president has previously criticised but it is hyped as something that's historic and new and groundbreaking", he added.

Heavy security and armed police were in place at summit-related venues across the city-state.

The North Korean leader held a meeting with the Singapore prime minister on Sunday.

It also offered a list of Pyongyang's talking points, saying Kim and Trump will exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on establishing a new relationship, the issue of building a "permanent and durable peace mechanism" and realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Trump is expected to meet Lee on Monday. "We must put the American worker first!"

Instead of the Pyongyang-Shanghai- Singapore route that takes six-and-a-half hours but passes over sea routes that are more hard to protect, he flew via Beijing, which took around 10 hours.

For the US, the term means North Korea relinquishing nuclear weapons - but Pyongyang may agree to do so only if certain conditions are fulfilled, experts warn. He most recently travelled there a year ago as a private citizen.