The number of American journalists allowed to witness the one-on-one meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday was limited to seven - a smaller group than would usually be present for such a summit, and one that excluded representatives from the major wire services. Trump and Kim planned to meet one on one, joined only by translators, for up to two hours before admitting their respective advisers, a USA official said.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore.
He said he expected the Trump-Kim summit to "go fairly well" but added, "people should not expect too much for the first time".
After some initial exchanges lasting about half an hour, Mr Trump and Mr Kim emerged, walking side-by-side through the colonnaded hotel before re-entering the meeting room, where they were joined by their most senior officials.
It is the first time a sitting United States president has ever met a North Korean leader.
"We have a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely", Trump told Lee.
Moon also voiced hope for a three-way summit with Trump and Kim in the near future, to formally end the Korean War.
North Korean vice minister of foreign affairs Choi Sun-hee (third from left) arrives at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Singapore to continue talks with the American ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim.
"The deep-rooted hostile relationship and the North Korean nuclear issue can not be resolved in one single action in a meeting between leaders", the president said after the cabinet meeting on Monday.
James Walsh, a senior research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with extensive experience in back-channel negotiations with the Pyongyang government said that the focus on personal chemistry rather than technical details represented a win for the North Korea. Mr. Trump "gets along so well with ruthless, brutal dictators, but you have this acrimonious, hostile relationship with the Canadian Prime Minister?"
"Thank you for also asking to hold the summit in Singapore", added Mr Lee. Trump will celebrate his 72nd birthday on Thursday.
One top Trump adviser cast the move as a show of strength before the Kim meeting. Trump asked photographers: "Getting a good picture everybody?" He told reporters he thinks he will know nearly immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: "I will know, just my touch, my feel".
He has also convinced the North Korean people that nuclear weapons are their only savior from an invasion by the U.S. But Kim, who was educated in Switzerland, has also promised to transform North Korea's economy and the lives of its people.