'Excitement in the air' ahead of Kim meeting

Kim And Company Arrive In Singapore Via A Procession Of Chinese And North Korean Jets (Updated)

Still, the sense of anticipation was great in Singapore, with people lining spotless streets holding cellphones high as Trump headed to meet Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. They arrived at the Istana before noon.

At the table, Trump told his hosts: "We've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I just think it's going to work out very nicely". He waved from the stairs of Air Force One, was warmly greeted by Singapore's foreign minister, and then disappeared into his limousine. That's Trump's beverage of choice.

Later, Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, ushered Kim around the palace office to shake hands with officials, pose for pictures and chat from regal cream-colored chairs - all broadcast live to the world from a government Facebook account.

Trump spoke only briefly in public on Monday, forecasting a "nice" outcome. Trump wrote on Twitter before departing the Shangri La hotel.

Trump has said he hopes to make a legacy-defining deal for the North to give up its nuclear weapons, though he has recently sought to manage expectations, saying that it may take more than one meeting.

When Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited the global media center for the summit at F1 Pit Building on Sunday, he said it will cost the city state "around 20 million Singaporean dollars" (W16.1 billion, US$1=W1,078) to host the "historic summit". But he also made clear Kim has a "one-time shot".

Seoul's Unification Ministry said Monday the surveys conducted through home visits, phone calls and letters will continue through August 10.

"The senior officials of the party and government sincerely wished Kim Jong-un good successes in the first summit meeting and talks between the DPRK and the US and his safe return", the KCNA said.

Pyongyang has said it is willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the United States provides it with reliable security assurances and other benefits.

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The optimistic summit was a remarkable change in dynamics from less than a year ago, when Trump was threatening "fire and fury" against Kim, who in turn scorned the American president as a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

So the summit was almost derailed by talk from Trump's hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton of a "Libya model" of disarmament. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

Stocks markets were expected to be on the defensive on Monday as a weekend G7 summit fanned trade war fears after U.S. President Donald Trump backed out of a joint communique in a blow to the group's efforts to show a united front.

The two are expected to meet at the resort island of Sentosa on Tuesday. His trip came as the two countries were seeking to improve ties after a detente was fostered following the first-ever inter-Korean summit earlier that year.

Trump and Kim touched down on a sweltering early summer day in Singapore, the city-state founded in the early 19th Century as a British colony because of its position at the intersection of sea lanes between Europe and Asia.

Commenting for the first time on the agenda, North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency said the two sides would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" to re-set relations.

During the flight, the president spent time meeting with his staff, reading materials, and preparing for his meetings in Singapore.

It was also Chung and Suh who relayed to Trump Kim's wishes to meet and to discuss denuclearization. The leaders also offered lofty promises, with the American president pledged to handle a "very risky problem" and Kim forecasting "major change for the world".

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