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Kim summit to cost Singapore 'around $20 million': PM Lee

Kim summit to cost Singapore 'around $20 million': PM Lee

Speaking just before embarking on his marathon journey to Singapore for the pair's historic summit, Trump bristled with confidence as he boasted that contacts between their respective negotiating teams had been positive. The president said during a press conference Saturday that he expects to know "within the first minute" whether Kim is serious about denuclearization. "I just, my touch, my feel, that's what, that's what I do".

"Here's what I would say to my Democratic colleagues", Graham told host George Stephanopolous.

According to the reports, Singapore is only the third country North Korean leader Kim has visited since he became the nation's leader in 2011.

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore Sunday ahead of a highly anticipated summit.

It is an extraordinary turnaround from the tensions of past year, when Kim accelerated his weapons programmes - earning the North more sets of UN Security Council sanctions - and the two men traded personal insults and threats of war. "Both the American as well as the North Koreans are pleased with the arrangements, we're all set to go and things will start happening within the next 24 hours". "The scale is bigger, the number of journalists coming is huge, even more than what we had for the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and World Bank meetings (in Singapore in 2006)", he said. That's what I do. "And if I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time".

"We want him to succeed, but I think success has to be defined not as a grand moment in which you say we have peace in our time when we don't have the verifiable elements of a denuclearization", Menendez said. Mr Trump wants Mr Kim to dismantle his nuclear arsenal entirely, thus giving up his only real deterrent and bargaining chip.

Critics worry Kim has already won by scoring such a high-profile meeting.

. As a part of that process, he also announced a suspension of nuclear and missile tests and the dismantlement of a key atomic testing facility that was carried out last month.

Earlier in the week, Trump also said he has done little preparation for the meeting, noting that the meeting would be all about "attitude".

But after a cooling of the rhetoric, both sides began forging tentative contacts that eventually saw Mike Pompeo - the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency who is now secretary of state - meet Kim in Pyongyang.

During a promotional event dubbed the "real" Trump-Kim summit, the men waved at shoppers as they walked through the crowded Bugis Junction mall.

But the president insisted the U.S. was leaving no stone unturned in its preparations, while warning that patience was needed.

"This deal was applauded by many in the worldwide community who are not in the missile range of Iran, but Israel and Saudi Arabia and others said this deal will ultimately give Iran a nuclear arsenal", Netanyahu said.

"Beijing knows that it has limited influence over both the U.S. and North Korea when it comes to denuclearisation", said Zhao Tong, a North Korea specialist at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre in Beijing. There's a good chance it won't work out. They will no doubt try to reach an agreement to denuclearize and provide economic support, but this will take time. The US president will arrive later today.

It is unclear, however, under what terms North Korea would agree to in an effort to reduce its nuclear arsenal.

Believed to be 34, Kim is one of the youngest heads of state in the world and looks an unlikely candidate to be making history of the kind that has eluded his father and grandfather, both past leaders of North Korea.