On the eve of their unprecedented summit, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepared Tuesday for a meeting that could define the fate of millions, along with their own political futures.
The Secretary of State said North Korea has unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of its relationship with the U.S. as he promised economic opportunities post denuclearisation. Abbreviating the meeting to a single day could make it easier to cast the summit as an early, symbolic opening, rather than a substantive negotiation in which a lack of tangible progress would suggest failure on the part of the negotiators.
Moon has expressed hope that the summit will lead to a three-way declaration also including Seoul to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War.
Those points were echoed in Monday's media coverage in North Korea, which stressed that the talks with Trump would focus on forging a relationship more in tune with what was described as changing times - most likely meaning the North's new status as a nuclear-armed state - and its desire for a mechanism to ensure lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula and, finally, denuclearisation.
"The entire world is watching the historic summit between (North Korea) and the United States of America, and thanks to your honest efforts... we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit", Mr Kim told Mr Lee through an interpreter.
-North Korea contact. In a sign of lingering tensions, the North Koreans have been closely scrutinizing all American staffers who are slated to be in any U.S. They believe Kim's engagement is aimed at getting the United States to ease the crippling sanctions that have squeezed the impoverished country.
One dispatch by the Korean Central News Agency said North Korea and the USA would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on establishing new relations, building a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism", achieving denuclearisation and "other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era".
Kim said through an interpreter: "It wasn't easy for us to come here".
From the truce village of Panmunjeom and Singapore, top nuclear envoys from North Korea and the United States have engaged in a series of discussions aimed at resolving their nuclear standoff and decades-old animosity.
Mr Trump has said he has a "good feeling" about Tuesday's much-anticipated summit.
After concluding the summit, Trump planned to speak to reporters in Singapore before flying home, the White House said.
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.
He said Iran views Mr Trump and the USA with "great pessimism", saying they are known for "quitting treaties and violating their commitments".
Washington is eager to see if the North's pledges were "sincere", Pompeo said, adding: "The United States has been fooled before". "(North Korea) confrontation", according to Scott Snyder, a Korea expert at the Council on Foreign Relations.
A report by the Korea Central News Agency said the summit would have "wide-ranging and profound talks" and noted that it is being held "under the great attention and expectation of the whole world".
"I think people here are happy about the summit", said Zainudin Deen, a financial consultant who was walking nearby the Shangri-La Hotel where Trump and his entourage are staying.
Speaking at a closed-door press briefing held at the Seoul-run Korea Press Center, the official said that due to the intense negotiations between the North and the US ahead of the Tuesday summit, the plan would not be feasible.
The pair are due to meet one-on-one with translators in a session that could last up to two hours before they open the meeting to their respective advisers.
The foreign minister posted a selfie of him and a smiling Kim wearing his trademark dark Mao suit on Facebook.
"Tomorrow we will get our clearest indication to date of whether Chairman Kim Jong Un truly shares this vision", Pompeo said. This summit marks the thawing of ties and the hope that North Korea may let go of at least some of its armaments. -North Korea agenda, including diplomatic normalization and the future status of US forces in South Korea.