"When I woke up this morning, I saw the news in the newspaper that our respected marshal went to Singapore for the North Korea-US summit", said Han Il-gwang, a Pyongyang resident, displaying typical discretion. That's a sign he's confident about his grip on power back home.
It wasn't immediately clear what specific progress, if any, had been made in preliminary discussions between US and North Korean officials in the run-up to the Tuesday summit.
About 100 reporters and Singapore residents shouted his name and took pictures with phones as Kim visited Marina Bay Sands resort, famed for its rooftop infinity pool overlooking the city. The president arrived in Asia having blown up relations with USA allies - and personally with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - over trade and Russian Federation, announcing via Twitter en route to Singapore that he'd withdraw from a joint agreement covering climate change and other issues.
Nobody is pretending North Korea can ape Singapore but the message to Kim of the hermit kingdom is clear - come in from the cold on the steaming hot humid south Asian island of Singapore. That might not bode so well for Mr. Trump, who has expressed some concern about China's influence.
Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the U.S. and North Korea.
The United States is willing to offer North Korea "unique" security guarantees if it embarks on "complete verifiable and irreversible denuclearization", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.
In the run-up to the talks in Singapore, Trump had optimistically predicted the two men could strike a nuclear deal or forge a formal end to the Korean War in the course of a single meeting or over several days.
US President Trump arrives in Singapore for historic Trump-Kim summit
During his preparation period, Trump continued on Monday to publicly brawl on Twitter with United States allies over trade. Kim arrived in Singapore mid-afternoon Sunday, amid much speculation about the outcome of Tuesday's talks.
President Trump is expected to meet separately with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday. As he says, "I'm optimistic that we will have a successful outcome" or words to that effect.
Although gaps remain over what denuclearisation would entail, Trump sounded a positive note in a lunch meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee.
While en route to Singapore, Trump said he looked forward to meeting Kim on what he anticipated would be an exciting day.
The meeting between Kim and Trump will mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.
But many, if not all analysts, say that this is highly unlikely, given how hard it has been for Kim to build his program and that the weapons are seen as the only protection he has. "I'll tell you what the Marshall wants more than anything".
Kim is expected to stay at the St Regis hotel and Trump at the Shangri-La, both in the Tanglin area in downtown Singapore. And he won't have that opportunity again.