A rare direct flight from Pyongyang landed in Singapore on Saturday ahead of the expected arrival of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a summit with US President Donald Trump on Tuesday. He would then go to the Shangri-La hotel where he will be staying, according to the White House.
Sean Kim can't wait for the summit.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-15 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on November 30. "What I do think, however, is that there will have to be major outreach to Congress to get their buy in for whatever the negotiated result is", she said. "It's not only groundbreaking but history in the making".
A half-mile away at the Shangri-La Hotel, where the US side will stay, Secret Service agents, in a casual uniform of khakis slacks and dark polo shirts, milled about the lobby. "We can go slowly". It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before. "We are looking for peace in the world, we are not looking to play games", he added.
The optimists argue that since North Korea has declared itself capable of accurately targeting the entire United States with nuclear-tipped missiles - something many analysts think is still not quite possible - it's now ready to turn to Kim's other overwhelming concern: Bringing economic security to his impoverished nation of 25 million.
Former High Court Justice Michael Kirby.
Ahead of the highly-anticipated summit with North Korea, "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor is in Singapore to lead CBS News' coverage of the meeting. "I think it would be well received and I think [Kim] would look at it very favorably".
His 2014 report found there were at least 100,000 prisoners and up to 150,000 held in detention camps.
Kim Jong Il, the current leader's father who died in 2011, violated past worldwide deals aimed at curbing the North's nuclear program and ballistic missiles by launching new weapons tests. "It's about attitude. It's about willingness to get things done".
Raymond Ferguson can't wait for the leaders to meet.
Kim, the 39-year-old founder of People for Successful Corean Reunification (PSCORE), escaped North Korea when he was 19 years old.
Ruled for seven decades by the Kim family, North Korea has been a murderous dictatorship since its inception. "Instead, they expect a "progressive and synchronous" process where both sides make equivalent concessions over a longer, phased timeline".More news: England vs. Costa Rica - 6/7/18 International Friendly Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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During his 14 trips to North Korea, he has attended celebrations, participated in meetings and visited schools and hospitals. "There are many people in the press who are unbelievably dishonest". The president appeared exhausted and subdued, and he demeaned the press corps, calling some USA news outlets "unbelievably dishonest" and "fake news" before aides pulled him away to start his journey to Southeast Asia.
Skeptics, however - and that's usually the default mindset for many Korea watchers - say there are still plenty of ways that diplomacy can implode.
Trump insisted Saturday that the meeting was not contentious, saying that his relationships with allies remained strong, but continued to say that the USA had been "taken advantage of for decades and decades" on trade. "I don't want to waste his time". This fraught dividing line is also where a desperate North Korean soldier was shot five times previous year as he made a mad dash on foot away from his former comrades in a successful bid to defect to the South.
"The success will be in the shutter clicks of the cameras", he said.
Engagement is the only option.
How long will it take to figure out whether or not they're serious. Can you believe that we're talking about the ending of the Korean War?'
"Summits are when leaders size each other up, for better or for worse", writes Robert Carlin, a frequent visitor to North Korea, both as a US official and outside analyst. "Again and again when I speak on panels in South Korea now, I am the lone hawk or skeptic".
Trump wants "immediate CVID (complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization), a difficult-to-grasp phrase that would elicit eye rolls from my North Korean counterparts whenever it was mentioned during our encounters".
Matt Kulesza has worked as a tour guide at Young Pioneer tours for the last two years, helping scores of tourists satisfy their curiosity about the mysterious North Korea.
"I think within the first minute, I'll know", Trump said, further explaining that it would be "just, my touch, my feel - That's what I do". Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was later driven out of power and killed in 2011 during the Arab Spring revolution, a fate not lost on the North Koreans. "It will never be there again", the president said.
Many remain sceptical Kim will ever completely abandon his nuclear programmes.
SBS News will broadcast the 12 June summit live on TV, online and Facebook.