"I think I'm very well prepared". Entrepreneurs have been scrambling to cash in on the global media spectacle, hawking Trump-Kim fusion burgers and summit-themed cocktails.
Preparing to depart Washington for next week's meeting, Trump dangled before Kim visions of normalized relations with the United States, economic investment and even a White House visit.
A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un in Washignton, DC, U.S. May 17, 2018 and in Panmunjom, South Korea, April 27, 2018 respectively. Trump pulled out of President Barack Obama's nuclear accord with Iran over the objections of European allies. He is using pressure and engagement in sequence: put pressure first and try engagement.
However, the senior White House official pointed to Trump's relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping as a sign of how he might deal with Kim: Trump frequently talks about how close he is to Xi, but this has not stopped him from talking tough on trade with Xi.
Trump is seeking to get North Korea to agree to denuclearize but acknowledged that is not likely to happen immediately.
Pompeo emphasized, though, the US will guarantee North Korea's security as well as political normalization, . if it follows through on its pledge to denuclearize. "We appreciated it", Mr. Trump said.
The president said it will be more than just a photo-op and could be followed by additional meetings. His top-down approach has had its ups and downs, however.
As recently as 2013, more than 100 people were arrested under the law, although the U.S-government funded Freedom House says that number dropped to seven previous year. They've been preparing for a long time, also.
They also argue Trump's commitment to dialogue contributed to the North Korean regime's decision to return to talks, saying Pyongyang has been seeking a summit with a US president for many years. Talks are underway to use an aircraft provided by Singapore or China. They argue Trump should not start the discussions, but that his involvement should be the carrot at the end of the process.
Christopher Hill, the lead USA negotiator with North Korea during the George W. Bush administration, said a summit with the North had always been available to US leaders.
Some critics also suggest the summit helps Kim shift his image from that of a "brutal dictator" who executed his uncle and ordered the assassination of his half brother to a "skillful leader".
With missile tests, nuclear threats and ruthless destruction of opponents, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been an ominous presence hanging over the South. Leading the American efforts in negotiating with the North Koreans, he said the U.S. is making progress, inch by inch.
It has also vowed to increase sanctions and worldwide pressure against North Korea if talks fail.
"I think I've been preparing for the summit for a long time, as has the other side", Trump said.