A Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the US side was entering the talks with a sense of optimism and an equal dose of skepticism given North Korea's long history of developing nuclear weapons.
"It's hospitality that we would have offered them, and as Chairman Kim said yesterday, he would have liked to have come to Singapore anyway, with or without the summit", Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan told the BBC.
The risks for both Trump and Kim are significant, although the North Korean leader already has gotten what his predecessors did not, which is a meeting with the president of the United States.
On Tuesday, famous "North Korean envoy" Dennis Rodman broke down in tears live on CNN, saying that the controversial talks between him and Kim Jong-un and between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un were the right thing to do.
The two are due to meet on Tuesday on the resort island of Sentosa for their high-stakes summit, the first-ever talks between the U.S. and North Korean leader and the culmination of a head-spinning diplomatic dance.
"When I woke up this morning, I saw the news in the newspaper that our respected marshal went to Singapore for the North Korea-US summit", said Han Il-gwang, a Pyongyang resident, displaying typical discretion.
The two will huddle alone for roughly 45 minutes before being joined by aides for a larger meeting and working lunch.
"We've got a very interesting meeting. tomorrow, and I just think it's going to work out very nicely", Trump said. "We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!"
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After shaking hands for 13 seconds shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Mr. Trump placed a hand on Mr. Kim's shoulder and the two walked toward a meeting room.
The North Korean leader and Trump appeared nervous when they sat down according to a body language expert.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the president was fully prepared for the meeting.
"The biggest nightmare for Japan is that Kim declares his intention to relinquish the intercontinental ballistic missiles that he quickly developed past year and Trump simply hails the offer as 'great, ' making no further demands", said Matake Kamiya, a professor of worldwide politics at the National Defense Academy. The statement comes on the heels of Trump slamming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as dishonest and weak while instructing his advisors to back out of a joint statement he had agreed to with US allies at the G-7 summit.
"Thank you for also asking to hold the summit in Singapore", added Mr Lee. On the day before the meeting, weeks of preparation appeared to pick up in pace, with US and North Korean officials meeting throughout Monday at a Singapore hotel.
But historian Margaret MacMillan, who chronicled that trip in her book "Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World", noted that Nixon's journey began with far less uncertainty than surrounds the Trump-Kim summit.
"To all Americans and the rest of the world I'm honored to call President Trump a friend". "I believed in North Korea".
At a press conference earlier on Sunday, Loong said that the summit cost approximately $20 million, which is a price the Singapore was "willing to pay".