The latest from Singapore: Trump predicts ‘terrific relationship’ with Kim

Analysis: Why wit and wisdom are the most likely tactics from Kim Jong Un’s playbook

The photograph was likely Kim Jong-un's first-ever selfie - giving us a glimpse at Kim that is a far cry from the carefully managed and altered photographs released to worldwide press by North Korea's state-run media.

The president planned to stop in Guam and Hawaii on his way back to Washington. Kim then called Trump a "mentally deranged United States dotard" and a "frightened dog".

He joined Singapore's foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, who tweeted a selfie with a smiling Kim and Singapore Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, against a backdrop of flowers with the hashtag #Guesswhere.

Here's a look back at some of the many comments Trump has shared on Twitter about the North Korean leader.

Kim announced late a year ago that his country had obtained the ability to strike the U.S. with a nuclear weapon, and soon afterwards sought talks with South Korea on participating in the Winter Olympics.

But, as it stands now, North Korea is still a dictatorship, having been led by one family since September 9, 1948. Or, it could amount to little more than a much-photographed handshake.

After he met Kim's close aide Kim Yong Chol on June 1, Trump said human rights "probably" would be discussed at the summit, and he has committed several times to raise the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s - a longstanding request of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he reiterated to the president in person last week.

A motorcade carrying Trump was seen departing the Shangri-La Hotel for the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island, where Trump and Kim are to hold the monumental first-ever DPRK-U.S. summit, Xinhua reported.

Kim likely will be eager to strike an agreement that eases sanctions and brings an end to the Korean War, while allowing him to keep at least part of his nuclear arsenal. "We've been waiting for one nation since we've been separated".

At one point, Trump suggested to reporters the talks could extend to a second or even a third day if they were going well.

Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman and Chris Volo right arrive at Singapore's Changi Airport on Tuesday
Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman and Chris Volo right arrive at Singapore’s Changi Airport on Tuesday

The two clasped hands for a long while Tuesday as they posed for photos in front of a row of USA and North Korean flags.

Iizuka's younger sister Yaeko Taguchi was abducted by North Korea when she was 22 years old.

Trump told reporters he would "absolutely" extend an invitation to the White House to Kim, who also heralded a new era.

"I can only say this", Pompeo said.

Trump's goal is "ridding the U.S. and the world of threats posed by North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on June 7.

MIKE POMPEO: We're prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than America's been willing to provide previously.

There's excitement surrounding the summit but also skepticism that the North will relinquish a nuclear weapons program it spent decades building despite crushing sanctions. And under a 2016 USA law, relief from US sanctions that target the North Korean government would require progress on human rights, he said.

Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire U.S. mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there is also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the United States and the North.

Kim says through an interpreter that it "was not easy to get here" and that there "were obstacles but we overcame them to be here". He told reporters he thinks he will know nearly immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: "I will know, just my touch, my feel. That's what I do".

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