"It's not that Americans are bad, but that Trump son of a bitch ... that punk son of a bitch and all his cronies", one plant manager told Kristof.
In recent weeks, Trump has courted Kim, saying he does not want to use the phrase "maximum pressure" during the prelude to the summit and that he could even invite the reclusive leader to the White House if things go well.
The US president predicted that he will know "within the first minute" if the Singapore summit, which has been under threat of cancellation, is a success.
His two friendship medals from the rogue state are among his most prized possessions. He said he believed Kim Jong-un was "nothing like his predecessors; he is open-minded and he's willing to talk". But the Trump-Kim meeting will surpass them all in the sheer spectacle, a summit of global significance timed to begin squarely during prime time in the United States on Monday evening, a strategic decision by the ratings-conscious president. 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. I also think I'll know whether or not it will happen fast.
"But it's an terrible lot better than firing missiles at each other".
Trump days later announced that the summit was back on but has remained only cautiously optimistic about how the historic meeting would pan out.
Over the years, I've had many hours of discussions with North Korean officials about human rights.
Not so unusual, said Peter Ward, a North Korea researcher at Seoul National University.
The meeting is slated to begin at 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday, when President Trump hopes to persuade Kim to give up his nuclear weapons program in exchange for the lifting of USA economic sanctions. (South Korea Presidential Blue House/Yonhap via AP) Kristof credits the South Korean president for deftly handling both sides. "It's a big gamble and I'm not sure I have a good answer for what is best".
Trump, who prides himself on his deal-making prowess, said he will know "within the first minute" of meeting Kim whether the North Korean leader is serious about the nuclear negotiations.
What is achievable is really anyone's calculated guess. The 1950-53 conflict ended with an armistice, but not a formal peace treaty.
He had spent the days heading into the G7 summit publicly blasting French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over trade, and questioned why Russian Federation would not be present at the meeting.
North Korea's secrecy would make it hard to end its nuclear program quickly, said Robert Einhorn, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. But it's unclear what the USA will get out of it. President Trump has said his goal is to get North Korea to agree to a complete denuclearization, and if not, he's prepared to impose harsh sanctions.
Singapore was selected as the host site because it has significant experience in staging major worldwide events.
Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman leaves Beijing airport after arriving from North Korea's Pyongyang on June 17, 2017.
"It's unknown territory in the truest sense, but I really feel confident", he told reporters.
"We would win that war thousand times out of a thousand", he said. We have values at stake as well as interests.
"The situation was much more shocking than I had expected", he said.
Chen Ziyang, 28, who was queueing for a picture, said the impersonators had "almost 99 percent resemblance to the real Kim and Trump".
Kim has the "opportunity" to make a deal with the U.S., Trump said Saturday, but he "won't have that opportunity again". China - North Korea's only ally - has long pushed for dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang. Calling his trip "a mission of peace", the US President framed the meeting as a rare opportunity for Kim and said the US was going in with a positive outlook.