Opposites, rivals, heirs, negotiators: Trump and Kim

South Koreans are divided on generational and political lines about Tuesday's summit between the North's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday he is "unconcerned" about the diplomatic crisis caused by President Trump's adversarial trade posture with America's closest western allies and his extraordinary insults directed at the Canadian prime minister. Kim has led the USA team at the demilitarized zone working on a joint communique with North Korea.

He had his first formal meeting of the summit with the prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong.

"They are moving rapidly ... and moving to their logical conclusion".

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But Trump - for whom a major accomplishment would bolster his position ahead of midterm elections in November - baffled observers when he said he did not think he had to prepare "very much" for the summit.

There was a sweet ending to the working lunch: an early birthday cake for Trump.

Some people were grumbling in the wealthy city-state because of the traffic jams caused by the summit and the cost of hosting two leaders with massive security needs. But Trump and Kim will meet away from the bustling financial hub of the city, at The Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island. After shaking hands with Singapore's foreign minister, Kim sped through the streets in a limousine, two large North Korean flags fluttering on the hood, surrounded by other black vehicles with tinted windows and bound for the luxurious and closely guarded St. Regis Hotel.

Kim arrived in Singapore aboard an Air China 747 that, according to flight tracking website Flightradar24, took off from Pyongyang Sunday morning ostensibly bound for Beijing, then changed its flight number midair and headed south.

"Lee Eun-ho, a 70-year-old worker, said the North would never give up its nuclear weapons as Kim had "developed them to hold on to power in the first place".

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A Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USA side was entering the talks with a sense of optimism and an equal dose of scepticism given North Korea's long history of developing nuclear weapons.

In my meetings with North Korea's foreign ministry, its officials have repeatedly emphasized that only a leader-to-leader dialogue could break the nuclear impasse.

Still, some experts say it's important that both leaders come into the meeting with clear, realistic goals.

But Choi and Sung have since met five times at the demilitarised zone in South Korea in a whirlwind of diplomacy to get the historic meeting on track.

Despite the initial high stakes of a summit meant to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, the talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-each-other meeting. Trump and members of his team have also said that the USA would be willing to guarantee Kim's safety and position in power if the country was willing to give up its nuclear weapons.

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He has said the talks would be more about starting a relationship with Kim for a negotiating process that would take more than one summit.

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