But the veteran diplomat, who was briefly considered for a post as Trump's ambassador to South Korea, warns the administration will face the same challenges and trade-offs in North Korea that its predecessors did.
Given the number of times, Trump had warned Kim against expanding the country's nuclear arsenal, discussing denuclearisation of the North is high on the US' agenda at the 12 June meeting in Singapore.
"We appreciate your hospitality and professionalism and friendship", Trump said, seated at a long banquet table ahead of a working lunch with delegations from the USA and Singapore.
Responding to a reporter's question on the subject, the secretary of state added that the U.S.is "prepared to take actions that will provide [North Korea] sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearization isn't something that ends badly for them".
"He is going to make a basic assessment.is this guy serious or is, as some people think, this all a ruse and a North Korean deception?" It's a Short List.
The White House said Trump would hold a one-on-one meeting with Kim on Tuesday on the small island of Sentosa.
At the conclusion of the summit, President Trump will participate in a media availability before departing tomorrow at approximately 8 p.m. for the United States. "They pocket all of it and lose essentially nothing", said Christopher Hill, President George W. Bush's lead nuclear negotiator with the North.
But in his new diplomatic role, until March he had not left his country for more than six years, Mr Kim has come across as polite, respectful and even charming in meetings with the Chinese and South Korean leaders. "You would start at least a dialogue, because, you know, as a deal person, I have done very well with deals".
Asia stocks shook off initial modest losses and edged up on Monday ahead of an historic U.S. Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea's reluctance to open its doors to outsiders.
Whether they could agree to a draft document will likely determine whether Kim and Trump can sign a tangible "outcome" at the summit. "So, according to this logic, in order to satisfy internal expectations, he will need to reduce external pressure, and this dynamic could push Kim down the path of denuclearization".
Mr. Trump's actions led to an extraordinary juxtaposition: an abrupt public feud and deterioration of ties between the US and Canada at the same moment as warm words and a detente between the USA and North Korea.
He later strolled along the harbor at the heart of the central business district with Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, who tweeted out a selfie with Kim. "All that I think gave them confidence that this was the right site, the right choice".
South Korean media also claims there were fears that Kim's Soviet-era plane might not survive the trip. He has also said that North Korea would benefit economically after sanctions are lifted.
Mr Trump's first year in office was marked by bitter exchanges with Mr Kim as North Korea conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of global warnings.
Diplomats and foreign policy experts have criticized the idea of a USA president sitting down solo with the North Korean dictator, saying it heightens the potential for a misleading readout from Kim that could come into conflict with Trump's account of the exchange. That would avoid the prospect of Kim winning sanctions relief for gradual progress while remaining a nuclear power.
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There was no report of other casualties. "However, for this to work, we have to have national and global support", Rahimi said. A suicide bomber wounded at least 10 civilians when he struck near the education department in the eastern city of Jalalabad.