Trump expresses optimism amid final Kim summit preparations

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"We were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit, and I would like to thank you for that", Kim, speaking through an interpreter, told Lee.

However, according to Moon, Kim remains skeptical of the USA leaders' pledges.

For the North Korean leader to be willing to agree to the United States president's conditions on denuclearisation, there need to be inducements and assurances offered to Pyongyang. Trump canceled the meeting, but made a decision to move ahead with it a week later after a visit to Washington by a top North Korean official. He is turning 72 on June 14.

Trump arrived a few hours after Kim on Air Force One, directly from a tumultuous G7 summit in Quebec, which ended in a bitter personal exchange between the U.S. president and the host, the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

As Trump and Lee sat down for a working lunch at the Istana house, Trump sounded optimistic, telling Lee, "we've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely".

He told reporters he thinks he will know nearly immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: "I will know, just my touch, my feel".

Sung Kim, a former United States ambassador to South Korea who has been leading the USA in talks with North Korean Vice-Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui since last month, is said to be continuing the discussions with his counterpart in Singapore.

"From our point of view it's important that the meeting take place, and that the meeting sets developments on a new trajectory - one that will be conducive to the security and stability of the region", he said.

But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the two-hour meeting on Monday morning was "substantive and detailed".

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From Kim's nuclear arsenal to normalising ties between the two decades-old foes, these are the issues facing the two leaders at what Trump has called a "one-time shot" at peace.

First the nuts and bolts: How do you protect what many North Koreans consider their single most precious resource, the third member of the Kim family to rule and a direct descendant of North Korea's worshipped founder Kim Il Sung?

Trump's efforts to make peace with a country that is still technically at war with the United States received backing from his fellow G7 members in a joint statement issued after the USA president's departure.

One analyst told Al Jazeera Trump will seek to promote his image as a deal-maker.

The American president travelled to Singapore from Canada and the tensions of the G-7 summit that centred largely on disputes over trade. "He's much more interested in the theatrics of public policy, rather than the substance", Resnick said.

The North Korean autocrat's every move will be followed by 3,000 journalists up until he shakes hands with Mr Trump. Hotel rooms are at near capacity and taxi drivers are bracing for excesssive demand and traffic gridlock.

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

Kim and Trump arrived in tropical Singapore on Sunday for the first ever face-to-face meeting by leaders of two countries that have been enemies since the 1950-1953 Korean War.

Trump has had recent discussions with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping - who all have vested interests in the outcome - about matters he plans to raise.



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