On Sunday, as the worldwide media swarmed Singapore and Kim arrived on a special Air China flight, just hours before Trump, there was still no word.
Last year, the North made one of the biggest breakthroughs in its missile and nuclear weapons programs - which it says it needs to defend against the risk of a USA invasion - when it announced that it had "completed" its state nuclear program after testing a missile capable of striking most, if not all, of the continental U.S.
Lee complimented the bold and admirable decision by Kim and Trump to come together for the Summit.
It formally referred to Trump by his full name in the Monday report, including his middle initial - the first time it has done so.
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Trump, who is offering to reduce economic sanctions on North Korea in exchange for denuclearisation, also seemed to warn Kim that the summit is a "one-time opportunity" that should not be wasted.
The official media had reported that the two leaders plan to meet, but offered few specifics, including where and when. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.
South Korea's Hankook Ilbo reported that Singapore recommended the St Regis, which hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping during his 2015 summit with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, because it can be easily secured.
"And he has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again", Trump said. He also has sought to lower expectations for the meeting, saying it may be the start of a longer process.
"I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World", Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.
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Some 3,000 journalists are expected to descend on Singapore.
Kim Yo Jong, the North Korean leader's sister, arrived aboard that jet.
North Korean state media has confirmed that the leaders of North Korea and the U.S. will focus on ensuring permanent peace and a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula in Singapore.
Asked by VOA News whether he would bring up North Korea's egregious human rights record, including its system of gulags for civilians deemed enemies of the state, and the unresolved fate of Japanese abducted by North Korean agents over the decades, Trump replied, "We're going to bring everything up". He has not left his country since taking office in 2011 other than to visit China and the South Korean side of the Demilitarised Zone on the border.
One top Trump adviser cast the move as a show of strength before the Kim meeting.
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Word does get around, however, and the prospect of a meeting between Kim and Trump had already been on the public's radar. Even if brief, the meeting could potentially be the start of a broader dialogue between Trump and Kim.
The meeting was initially meant to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, but the talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-you session. Last week, Trump expressed his hope for the normalization of relations with Pyongyang following the summit and did not rule out the signing of a peace treaty between the two countries.
The previous USA 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". But many say this is highly unlikely, given how hard it has been for Kim to build his program and given that the weapons are seen as the major guarantee to his holding onto unchecked power. Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea's reluctance to open its doors to outsiders.
USA ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim led the United States delegation while Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui was part of North Korea's delegation.
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