At least one group of former North Koreans now living in Canada say Trump's new willingness to foster closer ties with Kim are risky, and criticized the president for focusing on denuclearization rather than seeking answers about human rights in the country.
Meanwhile, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein met South Korean Ambassador Lee Gun-tae on Tuesday and expressed his hope that the process initiated in Singapore by Trump and Kim "will lead to a similar process in our region". "And he has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again".
His announcement was a surprise even to President Moon Jae-in's government in Seoul, which worked in recent months to help bring about the Trump-Kim summit. I think he's going to start now. "We overcame all kinds of scepticism and speculations about this summit and I believe that this is good for the peace", he said.
Most of us realize that the hysterical anti-Trump resistance has difficulty keeping its talking points straight. But there have been slight differences in recent comments among senior US officials as to whether that means North Korea must first complete denuclearization - and have it verified - or if some goodwill steps would be enough.
Trump to meet Kim Jong Un at 0100 GMT on June 12th
North Korea defends its nuclear and missile programs as a deterrent against what it sees as USA aggression. We can go fast. "We're going to start a process".
When Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited the worldwide media center for the summit at F1 Pit Building on Sunday, he said it will cost the city state "around 20 million Singaporean dollars" (W16.1 billion, US$1=W1,078) to host the "historic summit".
Graphologist Koo Bon-jin said Mr Kim's signature suggested an ambitious man who is "intuitive, rather than rational and logical".
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un both signed an agreement to end production of nuclear weapons, marking their meeting a moment in history. The framing that he went into the summit as an equal and from a position of strength is crucial within North Korea, after enduring years of tough sanctions while it pursued its nuclear ambitions.
According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un said it was "urgent" for North Korea and the United States to halt "irritating and hostile military actions against each other" during the talks on Tuesday. "Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fantasy...science fiction movie", Kim Jong-un was heard telling Donald Trump.