How the Trump-Kim summit is playing in North Korea

Trump-Kim summit could be one of many

Dr. Barry Goodfield, who's profiled notorious dictators including Saddam Hussein, said failure is not an option for President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un during the historic summit on Tuesday.

"Trump will hype this relentlessly, no matter what comes of it", tweeted Robert E Kelly, a political science professor at Pusan National University in South Korea who is town to comment on the summit for the BBC.

Scott Snyder, a U.S. -Korea policy specialist at the Council on Foreign Relations, told CNBC earlier on Monday that the summit is " essentially the normalization of Kim Jong Un and North Korea on the worldwide stage".

The summit's venue is the Capella hotel on Sentosa, a resort island off Singapore's port with luxury hotels, a Universal Studios theme park and man-made beaches.

Asked by a reporter how he felt about the summit, Mr Trump said: "Very good".

He thanked Singapore's organisation of the summit as if it was "their own family affair". "If they don't denuclearize, that will not be acceptable".

Kim will be able to claim a huge propaganda bonus by sitting as an equal with the United States president, an accomplishment his father and grandfather sought but could never realise.

Trump and Kim are meeting Tuesday in what the USA hopes will be the start of negotiations to eliminate North Korea's rapidly advancing nuclear weapons program. Trump and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also had a one-on-one meeting on Monday morning.

Some people were grumbling in the wealthy city-state because of traffic jams caused by the summit and the cost of hosting two leaders with massive security needs.

Miles from Washington, staring down a momentous meeting with a North Korean autocrat, President Donald Trump had plenty of other things on his mind, too.

Choi Ho-chul, a 73-year-old former bank employee, said he doubts the North would give up nuclear weapons, which he said were a "means to control its population". Preliminary negotiations between two Koreas started, followed by the first - largely successful - meeting between North and South Korean leaders since 2007. By sitting down with an American president - a longtime goal of North Korea's government - Kim's regime is advancing its effort to establish its "reputation, respect, and credibility as a nuclear weapon state", Green said.

But last month, Trump abruptly cancelled the Singapore summit, citing the "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang.

The White House had been exploring whether the United States could or should cover the costs for Kim Jong Un to attend the summit. And he won't have that opportunity again.

"It's hospitality that we would have offered them, and as Chairman Kim said yesterday, he would have liked to have come to Singapore anyway, with or without the summit", Dr. Balakrishnan told the BBC. It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before ... "I look forward to meeting him and have a feeling that this one-time opportunity will not be wasted!"

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