Trump and Kim are to have the first ever US-North Korea summit in Singapore on Tuesday, with the American leader hoping his counterpart will scrap his nuclear weapons program in return for security guarantees. North Korea has long demanded a treaty that may be aimed at getting United States troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, paving the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.
Special Operations Command (SOC) police officers patrol Orchard Road ahead of the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, June 10, 2018.
"I think that Trump, Kim, and Moon is the ideal combination - this meeting would not have happened with Hilary Clinton, or Park Geun-hye".
Mr Trump's first year in office was marked by bitter exchanges with Mr Kim as North Korea conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of global warnings.
Chen Ziyang, 28, who was queueing for a picture, said the impersonators had "almost 99 percent resemblance to the real Kim and Trump".
But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation. The North Korean leadership, including Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui has also taunted Washington, calling Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy".
Trump's high-risk meeting with Kim is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, or 9 p.m. June 11 on the U.S. East Coast. Trump arrived later in the day from a fraught G7 meeting with world leaders in Canada.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Sunday that Trump's public show of frustration with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other allies was part of a larger plan.
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), a leading Republican hawk, said in an interview on ABC's "This Week" that he's "100 percent" pleased with a letter top Senate Democrats sent President Trump last week insisting that any deal with North Korea must include a permanent dismantling of the country's nuclear and ballistic-missile programs.
"A bipartisan AUMF would really make that letter much more credible, and if diplomacy fails, as a last resort, Democrats and Republicans need to put the military option on the table or we'll never get a good deal", added Graham, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee. "And he has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again", Trump said.
At the same time, Trump said there was a "good chance" the meeting would not work out and claimed he would know nearly immediately after the start of talks how the situation would progress.
"They will use [nuclear weapons] first against us, and then with the long-range missiles that they're building and that the deal doesn't prevent them from building, against everyone else", Netanyahu said. Asked by a reporter how he felt about the summit, Trump said: "Very good". Create peace and great prosperity for his land.
"Here's what I would say to my Democratic colleagues", Graham told host George Stephanopolous.
President Trump traveled to the summit - which will be the first-ever meeting between a USA president and a North Korean leader - from a G7 meeting in Quebec, Canada.
Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both sides.
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