Coming three years after Singapore hosted the 2015 meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and then Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou, the Trump-Kim summit is seen as further burnishing Singapore's credentials as a neutral nation on par with Switzerland.
The summit meeting will take place at 9 a.m. local time Tuesday - 9 p.m. Monday Eastern time - at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa off Singapore's southern coast.
What can we expect from the summit?
Less than two days after Trump initially cancelled his plans to meet with Kim Jong Un, the second inter-Korean summit was held on May 26, which shows the two Korean leaders are able act together, and limit the prospects of the USA considering preventive military action.
At the end of the presser, he said that the minimum he was hoping for was a relationship and a dialogue. "I wouldn't be surprised either if they come away with a big gesture of sorts to kick-start the process", she said.
Far removed from the tough talk and deep mistrust that has characterised worldwide relations with Pyongyang, a group of young Singaporean professionals are quietly making personal connections and building bridges with their peers in North Korea.
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Beyond the speculation over motivation, however, Trump and Kim may face huge obstacles to settling a deal on their own; some even question whether a treaty, if they managed to pull it off, could lead to disaster, not peace. In 2003, Libya agreed to give up its nuclear, chemical, biological and missile programs to restore its standing in the global community and get sanctions relief.
In the event of a Trump-Kim summit failure, the result may be to enhance North Korean dependency on Seoul and Beijing as safety valves against the prospect of renewal of US-North Korea confrontation.
Notably, the law imposes restrictions not just on these North Korean entities, but on any companies, banks or other entities that might want to do business with entities controlled by the North Korean government.
But the president insisted that the U.S. team was leaving no stone unturned in its preparations, while warning that patience was needed.
In any case, raising the topic of North Korea's human rights abuses will be necessary as a practical matter.
"Under eight years of the former President [Barack] Obama - his weak and feckless leadership - Kim Jong Un's actions became progressively more aggressive and more hostile", he said Friday.
An article on May 29 in the Rodong Sinmun, the official party newspaper, slammed US media reports that North Korea is seeking major "economic aid" from the United States. He says it is his "maximum pressure" approach that enabled a breakthrough that his successors could not.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated USA calls for North Korea to completely rid itself of all remnants of its nuclear weapons program before global sanctions are lifted on the pariah nation.
But it's not completely barren territory for students of North Korean media.
Should the agreement be binding?
Oh Ei Sun, who studies regional foreign policy, said it was such self-effacement that made Singapore the top pick for the talks. "I think the G-8 would be better". "And I think we should make that clear".
Given the current state of extreme partisan politics, and the apparent lack of consultation between Congress and the administration on the negotiations, there surely will be critics whatever the outcome is, she added.
As for trade, the United States and other G7 nations were at odds over new US metal tariffs just as their finance ministers were during talks earlier in the month.
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