Trump left the summit early, and as he flew to Singapore, he tweeted that he was yanking the US out of the group's traditional closing statement.
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.
But this time, media have not only told North Korean citizens that their leader is out of the country, but also that he is meeting a man with whom they were openly exchanging insults only six months ago. Create peace and great prosperity for his land.
The United States is willing to offer North Korea "unique" security guarantees if it embarks on "complete verifiable and irreversible denuclearization", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.
"The ultimate objective we seek with diplomacy with North Korea has not changed".
Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoNew Arab Gulf council reflects shift in strategy, leadership Trump, Kim arrive in Singapore ahead of Tuesday summit By law, Trump must discuss human rights with Kim MORE told reporters in Singapore on Monday that the US will only accept the "complete and verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".
While advisers say Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, the president insists his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim.
On Sunday, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met with Kim following the latter's arrival in the country for the upcoming talks with Trump, scheduled for Tuesday.
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The article also talks about how President of South Korea Moon Jae-in "is heavily invested in" and President of China President Xi Jinping "stands to benefit" from a successful summit. After shaking hands with Singapore's foreign minister, Kim sped through the streets in a limousine, two large North Korean flags fluttering on the hood, surrounded by other black vehicles with tinted windows and bound for the luxurious and closely guarded St. Regis Hotel.
On the way back to his hotel, Kim walked along a promenade near the Merlion, a giant statue, and fountain, of a mythical creature, half lion, half fish - Singapore's unofficial mascot.
Trump suggested last week the two leaders may sign a peace agreement to formally end the Korean War 65 years after the armistice that ceased military hostilities.
It's not just the logistics of Kim's trip that are unclear.
The foreign minister of Singapore tweeted out a picture of the cake presented to Trump at the luncheon today in Singapore.
Mr Kim was sent off in a ceremony at the Pyongyang airport joined by a group of senior officials, such as Mr Kim Yong Nam, the North's nominal head of state, Mr Choe Ryong Hae, vice-chairman of the North's State Affairs Commission, and Prime Minister Pak Pong Ju.
Trump landed at Paya Lebar Airbase on board Air Force One after cutting short his time at the G7 summit in Canada.
Even so, the summit continues to be a sensitive topic in North Korea and it is hard - even more so than usual - to get people to express opinions about it.
The Presidential Suite on the hotel's 20th story - and we wouldn't expect Kim to want anything less - goes for up to S$12,260 (about US$9,200) a night, with a king-sized bed, silken throw pillows, crystal chandeliers, and marble, gold, brass, and silver adornments everywhere.
It further justifies its new position with a quote from former leader Kim Jong-il: "We can develop fair global relations when all nations and all peoples maintain independence and respect each other, and we can build a truly independent, peaceful and friendly new world".