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As he set out for their historic summit in Singapore the U.S. president said he was going on a "mission of peace" but would not "waste my time" if he thought Kim was insincere.

He appeared at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics alongside a Donald Trump lookalike, and the duo are set to take part in an alternative summit ahead of Tuesday's meeting between the USA president and Kim.

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After endorsing Henry McMaster in his re-election bid for Governor of SC and praising new Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who not coincidentally said (and then clarified) that he agreed with Trump on re-admitting Russian Federation to the now G7 Summit, Trump talked about the great relationships he built at the G7 Summit and once again hammered his views on trade.

"I'm glad to say that as of now, it's all systems go. And I think we should make that clear".

Asked how long it would take for him to know if Kim was honest about giving up nuclear weapons Mr Trump said: "I think within the first minute I'll know".

"I will be on a mission of peace and will carry in my heart the hearts of millions of people, all over the world".

"That takes a great deal of work, a great big commitment on the part of North Korea as well, and there'll be a parallel set of security assurances that are also big and bold and different", the top U.S. diplomat said.

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The leader of the free world is off to make peace in the East but the possibility of a trade war looms in the West. Kim, up until his recent high-profile summit with South Korea's president on the southern side of their shared border, has usually hunkered down behind his vast propaganda and security services, or made short trips to autocrat-friendly China.

The apparent choice to use the Air China aircraft instead also underlines the strength of the traditional alliance between the socialist neighbours ahead of Mr Kim's historic meeting with Donald Trump.

Trump insisted last week that the summit would "not be just a photo op", saying it would help forge a "good relationship" that would lead to a "process" towards the "ultimate making of a deal".

In their letter, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for any agreement with North Korea to meet five key points: that all weapons of mass destruction be removed or dismantled; that there be no uranium enrichment or plutonium reprocessing; that it end all ballistic missile testing; that it allow "anytime, anywhere" inspections of its facilities; and that a deal be permanent.

"For people like my father, they could go back to their homeland to their birthplace and revisit the country, so positive things like that will happen". But Lee and the other analysts pointed out that Libya hadn't developed nuclear weapons nor intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and North Korea has both.

Before Trump became president, Rodman appeared twice on his "Celebrity Apprentice" show and praised the billionaire real estate developer on Twitter during the 2016 presidential campaign. Kim's detailed command of the issues central to his country's nuclear conflict has impressed US officials who have interacted with him since Trump's diplomacy with the North began.

Later, he said he would know within the first "minute" of the meeting whether Jong-un would be open to complete denuclearization as is hoped.

The highly-anticipated meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Kim Jong Un is scheduled for next Tuesday. The president appeared exhausted and subdued, and he demeaned the press corps, calling some USA news outlets "unbelievably dishonest" and "fake news" before aides pulled him away to start his journey to Southeast Asia.