With all the global attention focused on Singapore and the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang must have been buzzing with excitement on the eve of the leaders' arrival, right?
Arriving at the Prime Minister's office after 1900 local time, Kim shook hands with Lee and his staff then sat down to begin talks in front of the cameras before the press was ushered out a few minutes later.
Officers combed the city on Sunday, from the old colonial section to the modern skyscrapers to the hotel on nearby Sentosa island where Trump and Kim will actually meet.
Sung Kim, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea who has been leading the USA in talks with North Korean Vice-Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui since last month, is said to be continuing the discussions with his counterpart in Singapore.
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Another Pyongyang report quoting Kim Yong-nam, the nominal head of state, as telling leader Kim to achieve outstanding outcomes from the summit with the USA has also drawn attention.
The Trump-Kim summit is expected to cost about S$20 million ($15 million), Lee told Singaporean media on Sunday, with security costs representing about half the total.
On Monday, North Korean state media said Kim and Trump would discuss a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism" on the Korean peninsula, denuclearisation of the peninsula and other issues of mutual concern.
But just previous year, Trump described the North Korean leader as "little rocket man", and warned of a US military attack full of "fire and fury".
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Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the USA and North Korea.
The coordinated messaging appeared to be designed both to prime the North Korean public for potential change, and also to dispel rumours that Kim did not wish to publicise the trip - his first as leader outside of his own borders or nearby China - for fear of a coup.
"He has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again".
Trump continued to tweet angrily at Trudeau from Singapore, saying Monday "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines who has taken the lead on policy negotiations with the North, will hold a "working group" with a North Korean delegation.More news: E3 2018: EA Reveals Origin Access Premier And New Streaming Service
Whether such a deal can be done, Trump declared Saturday, is something he will know nearly from the moment they meet. "It's a one-time shot".
Trump traveled to Singapore from Canada, where he a meeting with other world leaders. The US president has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty. Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea's reluctance to open its doors to outsiders.
The previous United States stance, said Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation, was that "we don't deploy a president to negotiate a treaty, we deploy a president to sign a treaty where we know where every piece of punctuation is on that piece of paper".
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