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Melinda Barton | 10 June, 2018, 07:27

The president's remarks come two days after he said he "doesn't need to prepare very much" for the meeting which the USA hopes will lead toward an agreement for North Korea to end its nuclear program.

BEIJING-Singapore's foreign minister says it's "all systems go" for a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to be held in the Southeast Asian city-state next week.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-15 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on November 30.

The North Korean leader wants to achieve what his father and grandfather never could - a meeting with the USA president which would, in his eyes, cement his legitimacy. "What I do think, however, is that there will have to be major outreach to Congress to get their buy in for whatever the negotiated result is", she said.

"I feel really confident".

"Within the first minute, Ill know", Trump said during a news conference in Quebec as he prepared to depart the Group of 7 summit en route to Singapore, where he is scheduled to meet Kim on Tuesday.

"You know, President Trump has talked about a Nobel Peace Prize, he certainly isn't going to get it. Kim Jong-un isn't going to get it. Moon Jae-in, who knows?", Kristof shrugs. Well, I think that very quickly I'll know whether or not something good is going to happen.

Singapore has boosted already-tight security ahead of the Trump-Kim summit, particularly at Sentosa Island where the meetings are to be held as well as the central region where its foreign ministry, the United States embassy and worldwide hotels are located. But if not, "at least we'll have met each other, we'll have seen each other; hopefully, we'll have liked each other".

Unlike traditional summits between heads of state, where most of the work is completed in advance of a photo-op, US officials say the only thing certain ahead of these talks will be their unpredictability. PSCORE is a nonprofit that promotes reunification, raises awareness about human rights issues in North Korea, and helps defectors adjust to life in South Korea.

"I personally don't believe in further shutting out North Korea from the rest of the world, and feel cultural exchange and dialogue - even through something as basic as tourism - is extremely important in better understanding each other", he said.

"I think that he's going to surprise on the upside", Trump said, adding that it "may not work out". Pyongyang's ICBMs have the range to hit the U.S.

Before Trump became president, Rodman appeared twice on his "Celebrity Apprentice" show and praised the billionaire real estate developer on Twitter during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Yet many close observers doubt the once hostile leader's appetite for peace. The Lowy Institute's global security director Euan Graham says Mr Kim has relied on the classic North Korean playbook, swinging predictably from provocation to engagement.

"He can take that, with this nation of great people and truly make it great. You don't know. This has not been done before".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers his New Year's speech at an undisclosed place in North Korea, Jan. 1, 2018, in this photo provided by the North Korean government.

Never straying from the Art of the Deal, Mr Trump said he would leave the meeting if he didn't like where it was heading.