Speaking shortly before beginning his long journey to Singapore, Trump told reporters that contacts between the United States and North Korean negotiators had been positive in the build-up to Tuesday's historic meeting and talked up its prospects of success.
"I was really disappointed to see President Trump just dismissed the idea of talking about human rights", says Kristof.
Trump further noted that his upcoming meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore as a "mission of peace". Among the celebrities who have said they will be in the city during the summit are former basketball star Dennis Rodman, one of the few people who have met both Kim and Trump, and Fox News host Sean Hannity.
The president's remarks come two days after he said he "doesn't need to prepare very much" for the meeting which the US hopes will lead toward an agreement for North Korea to end its nuclear program.
Trump departed for Singapore on Saturday after attending the G7 summit in Canada.
"It's a one time shot, and I think it's going to work out very well", Trump said in a wide-ranging press conference Saturday.
"This is and has been an aim of China and North Korea for a long time, and we can't allow this to happen". Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the first days after the summit date was set, spoke of US private investment in North Korea, should Kim agree to denuclearization. But he also said, "If North Korea's goal is, as it might well be, to end USA sanctions and normalize bilateral relations, then they should know that won't happen as long as the regime treats its citizens as it does now". "And if I think it won't happen I'm not going to waste my time, I'm not going to waste his time". "And if I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time, I'm not going to waste his time". But its genesis goes back more than a year, as Trump turned the screws on North Korea by threatening war and North Korea responded with a series of missile tests.
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Koh said he did not think the Singapore's host status was driving buyers to its namesake project, saying it was ultimately the development's location in Dandong where the broader property market has heated up.
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.
North Korea objects to the notion that it should give up its program up front and quickly with little concessions from the U.S. side, said Frank Aum, senior expert on North Korea at the U.S. Institute of Peace. "They have no way to obtain information about what South Korea or the United States look like". This is a leader that's really an unknown personality, people don't know much about him.
The meeting will be the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.
"It's still a wait and see, because you don't know if it'll be a success or failure", he said. "We're going in with a very positive attitude and I think we're going to come out fine", he added.
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Preparations for the historic Singapore summit are in high gear.
"The minimum would be relationship", Trump said of his goals for the meeting.