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No details were given on any possible progress in preliminary talks between aides at the talks.
"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.
So the summit was almost derailed by talk from Trump's hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton of a "Libya model" of disarmament.
Officials from the two sides held last-minute talks aimed at laying the groundwork for a meeting that was nearly unthinkable just months ago when the two leaders were exchanging insults and threats that raised fears of war.
In a tweet today, he said: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!"
But some question why Kim should trust any guarantees given Trump's history of pulling out of accords - most recently the painstakingly negotiated Iran nuclear deal. He continued to tweet angrily at Trudeau from Singapore, saying Monday "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".
Hundreds of North Korean security experts have no doubt been up nights wondering how to safeguard Kim Jong Un since Trump shocked the world by accepting the North's invitation to meet.
Kim told Lee: "The entire world is watching the historic summit between the DPRK and the United States of America, and thanks to your honest efforts ... we were able to complete the preparation for the historic summit".
The summit's venue is the Capella hotel on Sentosa, a resort island off Singapore's port with a Universal Studios theme park and man-made beaches.
Trump's high-risk meeting with Kim is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, or 9 p.m. June 11 on the U.S. East Coast.
Officials remain uncertain what will come out of Tuesday's unprecedented summit, the first of its kind between a sitting USA president and the leader of North Korea.
"While expectations were not exactly high going into the meeting, the result was a bit worse than even the markets' dismal presuppositions". But U.S. officials have since avoided such lofty declarations.
"The first minute I'll know - just my touch, my feel, that's what I do", Trump told reporters at the G7 summit in Canada.
White House aides described Trump in the days after receiving the initial Kim invitation as being obsessed by visions of winning the Nobel Peace Prize and of using the skills he laid out in his book "The Art of the Deal" to put his mark on the global order. After greeting each other - an image sure to be devoured around the world - the two leaders planned to sit for a one-on-one meeting that a US official said could last up to two hours, with only translators joining them. A Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USA side was entering the talks with a sense of optimism and an equal dose of scepticism given North Korea's long history of developing nuclear weapons.
"His message from Quebec to Singapore is that he is going to meld the industrial democracies to his will - and bring back Russian Federation", said Steve Bannon, Trump's former campaign and White House adviser. She said the US delegation would be led by Sung Kim, a veteran diplomat who recently held talks with North Korean officials. The leaders themselves had little to say.
"When I woke up this morning I saw the news in the newspaper that our respected Marshal went to Singapore for the North Korea-U.S. summit", said Han Il Gwang, a Pyongyang resident, displaying typical discretion when speaking to an Associated Press Television crew.
Lee Do-kyu, also 27 and unemployed, said the recent inter-Korean summits had raised his interest in politics, but it had waned rapidly.
"I delivered the speech on behalf of him, which was virtually his posthumous work", said Chung Dong-young, Lee's predecessor as unification minister.
Kim smiled broadly Sunday evening as he met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
The meeting between the two leaders will be followed by expanded bilateral meetings and a working lunch.
One Trump economic adviser tied Trump's refusal to sign the G-7 communique to his approach to the North Korea summit.
The President would be wise not to take the North Koreans lightly, even though he is convinced he has superior dealmaking skills well beyond those of his predecessors that will help him size up Kim in an instant. The meetings also served as an ice breaker of sorts as the teams worked to get better acquainted after decades of minimal U.S. Security vehicles escorted Kim to the St. Regis Hotel, where he will be staying during the rare trip.
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