For Trump, that amounted to a triumphant outcome in his extraordinary gamble with the rogue kingdom's despotic leader.
The elite squad is reminding numerous cheerleaders the North Korean leader sent to the Winter Olympics in February. Dismantling a secret nuclear arsenal built up over decades would take several years and be extremely hard to check, they say. "We are going to have a great discussion and I think tremendous success. We are here after overcoming all these", said Kim. "People are going to be very happy". Before the watching world, they strode toward each other and clasped hands warmly before a row of alternating US and North Korean flags. During past negotiations, North Korea has reneged on agreements, and after getting what they wanted, and then failed to hold up their end of the bargain. Trump was asked why he didn't get a commitment from Kim for complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement, or CVID.
He has strongly advocated for the meeting and remained diplomatic when Trump abruptly cancelled it in late May, seemingly without notifying Moon first - although the pair had met with in Washington two days before.
"In particular, Russian Federation might use its leverage with North Korea as a bargaining chip in dealing with the US", Lukin says.
Trump's retort included mention of his own "nuclear button" - one that doesn't actually exist. Instead he predicted he could "solve a big problem, a big dilemma" alongside his new partner. "If Trump gets something about this, it will boost his agenda".
Joint armed forces of from the Chinese police and the People's Liberation Army have enforced tight security in the border area of Dandong in northeastern China's Liaoning province, that lies across from North Pyongan province, the source told RFA's Korean Service. But the White House said that the President will hold a briefing at 8pm and then depart.
While headed to the Kim summit, Trump broke the news that Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, has suffered a heart attack.
And Kim seemed to have enjoyed himself.
More importantly, the short-term friendliness between the two countries soured.
Only translators will be present during the intimidate talks at the start of the summit. "He thanks you a lot.' And that means a lot", said Rodman. "I learned he's a very talented man".
What worked: The 2000 summit came roughly two years after Kim Dae-jung introduced the so-called "Sunshine policy", an initiative created to improve relations between the Koreas.
But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation. Trump's move to meet him attracted fierce criticism for normalizing a regime routinely called out for its human rights abuses, that over years has built an image of fearsome renegade regime, throwing around threats of nuclear war.
President Moon played an important role in breaking the ice between Trump and Kim and played his role in paving a way for this historic summit. Later they were seen smiling and laughing over lunch. Kim then called Trump a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" and a "frightened dog".
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, accompanied by Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.
Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday after a blow-up over trade with other members of the Group of Seven major industrialised nations that cast a cloud over his efforts to score a major foreign policy win in the nuclear talks. After meeting privately and with aides, Trump and Kim moved into the luncheon at a long flower-bedecked table. One thing the American president said wouldn't make the schedule: a round of golf between the two leaders. "But that's not part of the equation right now".
Kim said he will "cooperate with President Trump to resolve the challenges ahead" and to overcome the skepticism and speculations about their summit.
The talks were quickly revived, leading to the highly choreographed event that unfolded Tuesday.