No panic in Singapore as summit approaches

Even after the White House confirmed the summit, the run-up to it was not without roadblocks.

One diplomatic source in Singapore said that "Tension was very high in North Korea, hence the secrecy".

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Last year it carried out by far its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched missiles capable of reaching the US mainland, sending tensions soaring to a level unseen in years as a newly-elected Trump traded threats of war and colorful personal insults with Kim, with Trump dubbed a "dotard" and Kim "Little Rocket Man".

"Trump will hype this relentlessly, no matter what comes of it", tweeted Robert E Kelly, a political science professor at Pusan National University in South Korea who is town to comment on the summit for the BBC.

As for Singapore, the White House said Trump was leaving early because negotiations had moved "more quickly than expected", but gave no details about any possible progress in preliminary talks.

Mr. Trump has made clear that his goal is denuclearization.

In an op-ed, the Washington Post emphasises how the U.S. president "has shown an ability to develop seemingly good relationships with some world leaders, and then to undermine them with unexpected words or actions". "We'd start at least a dialogue", Trump told reporters as he departed the G-7 summit in Quebec, Canada.

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

All eyes are on Singapore for this event, with 2,500 journalists from all over the world descending onto the city-state to cover the summit. The article also stresses the need for confidentiality - meaning Trump will have to resist tweeting the minutes of the meeting.

Even so, the summit continues to be a highly sensitive topic in North Korea and it is hard - even more so than usual - to get people to express their opinions about it.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

This picture taken on June 8, 2018 shows Kim Hee-hyun, a 30-year-old South Korean worker - who is indifferent about the Trump-Kim summit, during a street interview with AFP in Seoul. "Or we could have a failed summit that really takes us in the other direction".

Unlike most other publications, USA Today had a different outlook of the Trump-Kim meeting.

North Korea said Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump will discuss "denuclearization" and "durable peace" on the Korean peninsula during their upcoming summit.

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested U.S. sanctions and other worldwide pressure will continue until North Korea takes steps toward denuclearization.

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.

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