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The discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected.

North Korea has changed its narrative in recent months.

That's a sign he's confident about his grip on power back home.

Trump's early departure will be second from a summit in just a few days.

Since his election as president in November 2018, several media houses have been vehement critics of the USA president and his policies-unswayed by his constant "FAKE NEWS" attacks-and they made no exception with their comments on the Trump-Kim meeting.

Stating that the U.S. would not again be duped by North Korea, Pompeo said the Trump administration would only accept complete denuclearization. It's possible the two leaders could agree to open liaison offices in each other's capitals.

Balakrishnan also said that the Singapore government was footing the hotel bill for Kim and his delegation who are staying at the plush St Regis hotel here.

Nobody is pretending North Korea can ape Singapore but the message to Kim of the hermit kingdom is clear - come in from the cold on the steaming hot humid south Asian island of Singapore.

The cover of this week's edition of The Economis.

As Trump was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies with his abrasive performance at the G-7.

Exuding confidence, Trump said he has done relatively little formal preparation.

Yes, there is a long, depressing record of failed nuclear negotiations with North Korea that began in the mid-1990s. That might not bode so well for Mr. Trump, who has expressed some concern about China's influence. He has also said that North Korea would benefit economically after sanctions are lifted.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Suryeong is a Korean term meaning "supreme leader". Today, we start with a behind the scenes of the summit.

Tuesday's Singapore meeting is the climax of the astonishing flurry of diplomacy on and around the Korean Peninsula this year, but critics charge that it risks being largely a triumph of style over substance.

Their meeting at a luxury hotel in Singapore, scheduled for 9 a.m. local time - which is 9 p.m. on Monday night NY time - will mark the first face-to-face encounter between a USA president and a leader of North Korea.

The five-star luxury hotel has 112 rooms and views of the South China Sea. "I'm unconcerned about our capacity to continue to do what we need to do".

The United States is willing to offer North Korea "unique" security guarantees if it embarks on "complete verifiable and irreversible denuclearization", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.

He said his perception of Kim - a "bad guy with nuclear weapons" - had improved considerably following his two meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the border truce village of Panmunjom.

White House director of social media Dan Scavino later tweeted some more pictures from the event, which was held at the Shangri-La Hotel and not at the embassy itself.