President Trump speaks with Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, after their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on June 1.
Trump has said he believes Kim would agree to denuclearization - and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he had received Kim's personal assurances to that effect - but the two countries have offered differing visions of what that would entail.
On his flight to Singapore, Kim Chang Son was filmed by Japanese broadcaster TBS looking at documents that read: "To guarantee success of the (US-North Korea) summit, the first and second priorities will be to ensure the safety of Chairman Kim Jong Un".
"What has been done before hasn't worked", Trump said, accusing "haters" of saying he was gifting Kim the meeting.
It's a technicality, but yes.
"I think we were played". Kim is also enjoying a bonanza of both domestic and worldwide prestige by meeting foreign leaders like the South's President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping, helping to obscure his government's enormous crimes against humanity and seemingly proving his claim that nuclear weapons command respect for his country.
"You know, President Trump has talked about a Nobel Peace Prize, he certainly isn't going to get it. Kim Jong-un isn't going to get it. Moon Jae-in, who knows?", Kristof shrugs.
The two musicians/world leader impersonators - known for crashing the 2018 Winter Olympics and filming videos outside the US consulate in Hong Kong - were photographed seeing the sights together after the fake Kim Jong-un was reportedly detained at the Changi airport by authorities for several hours on Friday, per Bloomberg.
Each year, talented North Korean refugees living in South Korea vie for a scholarship to study English as part of 22-week intensive course run by the University of Technology Sydney.
Trump seems to want to.
Speaking to Singapore media at the International Media Centre ahead of the planned Trump-Kim summit on Tuesday, Mr Lee said: "In terms of direct impact, (hosting the summit) gives us publicity". And there is a possibility of something like that.
"In the event of reunification or any other developments we have basically exposed the up and coming talent of the North Korean diaspora to Australia so it's a great win".
Subsequent North Korean statements used the phrase "denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", which has always been shorthand for North Korea's demand that the US-South Korea alliance must end before the North gives up its nuclear weapons. Now North Korean officials will nearly certainly emphasize preventing any sudden mishaps in Kim Jong Un's first visit to a foreign country other than China or South Korea since taking power, said Kim Doo-hyun, professor of protection politics at Korea National Sport University.
It also could reflect a bit of tactical caution by the Kim regime.
In 1997, Kim and his father left the country in the midst of a four-year-long starvation and economic crisis that some estimates suggest claimed the lives of between 240,000 and 3.5 million North Koreans, out of a population of 22 million.
In short, there might not be enough leaders in Singapore. He also indicated that South Korea, China and Japan would be prepared to invest in the North to boost its besieged economy.
The comments came before Trump left the G7 meeting in Canada to head to Asia.
During a press conference this week, Trump also suggested that he could invite Kim to the USA if the June 12 summit goes well.
"It's a fairly big process. That's what I do", the president said. A much more hard, but crucial, "get" would be a full "declaration and accounting of all North Korean nuclear sites and fissile material".
Before setting off, Mr Trump described the summit as a "one-time shot" at peace and said the two were in "unknown territory in the truest sense". Without further testing, North Korea remains a "virtual" rather than a demonstrated nuclear weapons state.
Some also question whether the status quo is that bad.
Trump "likes it when "experts" are on CNN freaking out", the source said.
Statements from United States officials suggest considerable resistance from the North Korean side on this basic issue.
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.
Australia can play an important role in achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula, he added.