President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on June 9, 2018, during the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. But following a visit to the USA from Kim Yong Chol, a top North Korean official, Mr. Trump confirmed the summit was back on.
"You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used", he said in a letter to Kim.
"That takes a great deal of work, a great big commitment on the part of North Korea as well, and there'll be a parallel set of security assurances that are also big and bold and different", the top U.S. diplomat said.
The summit meeting will take place at 9 a.m. local time - 9 p.m. Monday Eastern time - at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa off Singapores southern coast.
Some critics have said that the summit is being rushed through, with Trump keen to chalk up his first major foreign policy achievement. Just my touch, my feel. They posed with mock chili and black pepper crab dishes and took photographs with curious passers-by.
As he set out for their historic summit in Singapore the U.S. president said he was going on a "mission of peace" but would not "waste my time" if he thought Kim was insincere.
Later, the USA president expanded on this thought. "Both the American as well as the North Koreans are pleased with the arrangements, we're all set to go and things will start happening within the next 24 hours".
She said she hoped the high-level discussions between Mr Kim and other world leaders will lead to greater engagement and encourage more institutions to form connections with North Koreans.
In his press conference Saturday, Trump compared what he described as a lack of action on the part of past USA leaders on North Korea with the "bad" trade deals they made with key allies, including Canada and France. "But I feel really confident", Trump told reporters. "And, by the way, we have worked very well with their people", he said.
"The most likely scenario is that they will squeeze out a semblance of an agreement that maps out no specific road map to denuclearization but serves as some sort of starting point that would allow them to talk about the details going forward", said Tsuneo Watanabe, a senior fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. Their appearance comes days before a summit between the real leaders in the city-state.
"You know the way they say you know if you like somebody in the first five seconds?" he added. Trump noted that he would know "within a minute" whether Kim was serious about giving up weapons. But the Trump-Kim meeting will surpass them all in the sheer spectacle, a summit of global significance timed to begin squarely during prime time in the United States on Monday evening, a strategic decision by the ratings-conscious president.