Nuclear-tinged threats. Name-calling. Missiles flying over Japan. And now, a face-to-face meeting.
On the eve of their historic summit, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are preparing for a meeting in Singapore that could define the fate of millions, along with their own political futures, with Trump forecasting a "nice" outcome.
Mr Trump has said he has a "good feeling" about Tuesday's much-anticipated summit.
Their meeting at a luxury hotel in Singapore, scheduled for 9 a.m. local time - which is 9 p.m. on Monday night NY time - will mark the first face-to-face encounter between a USA president and a leader of North Korea.
The secrecy of the North Korean leader's health is, apparently, paramount. They are being housed at the Formula One pit building in the city centre, while Trump stays in the Shangri-La and Kim at the St. Regis.
The Swiss-educated leader, who is believed to be 34, has not left his isolated country since taking office in 2011, apart from visiting China and the South Korean side of the border Demilitarized Zone, which separates the two Koreas.
Mr Trump will leave the country that same evening to return to the US.
The Trump administration's desire for a win "increases the chances that this goes forward, which I think is a very positive moment", Wagar said. Just look at California MORE (D-Calif.), whose office framed it as a rebuttal to one sent last week by top Democrats in the Senate.
At former President Ronald Reagan's first meeting with then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva, Switzerland, in November 1985, the two men met alone with only trusted translators. They also say by winning the prestige of a meeting with the world's most powerful leader, Mr Kim has already gained a victory. Trump plans to brief reporters following the summit's conclusion, and will leave for the U.S. around 8pm local time (midnight NZT).
Democratic members, however, have their doubts.
Yet Lewis said that was the exact word used by Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung before him, and it does not mean what Pompeo and Bolton would like it to mean.
Timing and verification will be key: when will each step towards dismantling nuclear facilities take place and when will the United States follow through with reciprocal commitments of its own?
Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth applauded Trump for having "paused the reckless rhetoric" about "fire and fury" and possible US military action. Tuesday's meeting could pave the way toward a "new era of prosperity, security and peace", Trump said.
There was no word on how Trump was spending the night before the summit. But the White House said he will instead leave at about 8pm on Tuesday - nearly 15 hours earlier. The North has faced diplomatic and economic sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic weapons programs. Their meeting "will set the framework for the hard work that will follow", said Pompeo, as quoted by the Wall Street Journal.