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'Excitement in the air' ahead of Kim meeting

'Excitement in the air' ahead of Kim meeting

"I have a clear objective, but I have to say that it's going to be something that will always be spur of the moment. This is a very major operation because it's a high-profile meeting and we can not afford to have anything go wrong", he added.

Asked by Stephanopolous whether Trump deserves credit for brokering the first meeting in recent history between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, Menendez said he is anxious Trump "thinks this is a mano-a-mano engagement in which he can achieve the success we want".

In a New Year's address, Kim said his country had completed development of its nuclear programme and would focus on economic development, suggesting a meeting with South Korea.

That came as Trump threw the Group of Seven's efforts to show a united front into disarray after he became angry with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and said he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry.

US and North Korean officials are set to meet in Singapore to make final preparations for the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "I don't think I have to prepare very much".

How will he know if Kim is serious? The meeting could have a major and direct impact on their daily lives, so it is only natural that people would want to know.

PM Lee is scheduled to meet Kim at the Istana on Sunday, and Trump on Monday.

Kim's chief of staff was spotted in Beijing last week after wrapping up talks with USA officials in Singapore which had included security discussions.

Kim's full delegation has not yet been confirmed, but other prominent North Korean officials seen in photos included foreign minister Ri Yong Ho and Kim Chang Son - the man who has been in Singapore in recent weeks negotiating logistical details for the summit. A statement from North Korea last September referred to Mr. Trump as "mentally deranged" and a "dotard", which can mean senile.

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Back in North Korea, the running bodyguards always accompany any state vehicle Kim is travelling on and the same was evident during the inter-Korean summit.

"I feel really confident". But then Trump did a quick pivot, signaling nearly immediately after scrapping the meeting that he was open to going ahead with it after all.

The historic meeting is not expected to last longer than one day, although when the summit will wrap up Tuesday is unclear.

"So far so good", Trump said.

"We will have seen each other".

One diplomatic source in Singapore said, "Tension was very high in North Korea, hence the secrecy".

Officials who arrived with Trump include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

Moon Jae-in acted as a successful facilitator in making this summit happen, while Trump wants to make a deal.

The upcoming summit has been at the center of global attention amid hopes that it will yield a major breakthrough in the decades-long efforts to denuclearize the North and establish a peace regime on the divided Korean Peninsula.