With all the global attention focused on Singapore and the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang must have been buzzing with excitement on the eve of the leaders' arrival, right?
North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un and his attaches arrived in Singapore Sunday, all aboard a Chinese jetliner.
Meanwhile, Trump left the G7 summit in Canada earlier than scheduled and arrived at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore at 8:22 p.m. local time on Air Force One.
Dare I say it, conventional politics would not have got us to the point where we are now.
"Chairman Kim is anxious about whether he can trust that the U.S. will end the policy of hostility and guarantee the stability of his regime", the South Korean President told the media upon his secretive meeting with Kim in May.
Police have stepped up security around "special event areas" such as the summit's venue on Sentosa Island, and hotels where Trump and Kim are expected to stay. However, it remains far from clear what kind of agreement on North Korea's nuclear program the two leaders will be able to forge during their summit on Tuesday. "It's never going to be there again", Trump said on Saturday.
"The senior officials of the party and government sincerely wished Kim Jong Un good successes in the first summit meeting and talks between the DPRK and the USA and his safe return", the KCNA said.
He said he did not discuss a possible meeting venue with Trump but "many" countries including Austria were keen to help in organising such a summit.
The meeting marks a sharp turnaround in the status of Mr Kim from worldwide pariah to global player.
The North invaded the South in 1950 and the ensuing war pitted US-led United Nations troops backing Seoul against Pyongyang's forces which were aided by China.
After a flurry of diplomatic efforts, including a White House meeting between by Kim's right-hand man Kim Yong-chol and Trump, the proposed summit was put back on.
Kim smiled broadly in the meeting Sunday evening.
News agency Associated Press cited a U.S. official saying that the two leaders will be accompanied by their translators during the one-on-one for about two hours.
The summit will be the first meeting between Trump and Kim and mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.
Kim had arrived hours earlier in a plane loaned by China, which for decades has been North Korea's only major ally.