The eyes of the world upon them, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un headed on Monday into their historic summit balancing the elusive promise of peace against the spectre of a growing nuclear threat.
Kim arrived in a Air China 747 that touched down at Changi Airport on Sunday afternoon, Singapore's Straits Times said. Kim spent the day mostly out of view - until he left his hotel for a late-night tour of Singapore sights, including the Flower Dome, billed as the world's biggest glass greenhouse. He was accompanied by his sister Kim Yo Jong and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.
Trump is expected to arrive at 8pm local time (2200 AEST) and go straight to his hotel, the Shangri-La, the White House said. He also told Lee the decision to hold the summit in the island city-state of Singapore was "made very consciously" and offered his gratitude.
Last year it carried out by far its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland, sending tensions soaring to a level unseen in years as a newly-elected Trump traded threats of war and colorful personal insults with Kim, with Trump dubbed a "dotard" and Kim "Little Rocket Man".
Trump advisers cast his actions as a show of strength before the Kim meeting.
And accordingly to Lee Yun-keol, who worked in a North Korean Guard Command unit before defecting to South Korea in 2005, that's par for the course.
Not all USA officials have joined Messrs. After greeting each other - an image sure to be devoured around the world - the two leaders planned to sit for a one-on-one meeting that a USA official said could last up to two hours, with only translators joining them.
It "would instead lay out practical steps with requisite commitments from North Korea that demonstrate that it understands, accepts and is committed to achieving denuclearisation as the U.S. defines it", said Enos, who is also in Singapore to watch the proceedings. Kim can expect things like hand-cut crystal chandeliers, hand-painted chinoiserie silk wallpapers, 600-threadcount bed linens, paintings by Marc Chagall, a baby grand piano, separate living and dining rooms, an office, gym, and, of course, the hotel's renowned (among rich people) butler service.
They also mention the goal of his trip, a "historic first meeting with the USA president", describing not only Mr Kim's itinerary but also the fact that he used a Chinese plane to fly to Singapore, rather than his own personal jet.
As anticipation for his historic summit with North Korea has ratcheted up, salesman in chief Donald Trump has done something out of character: ratcheted expectations down. Kim has sought to overhaul his image this year in a bid to ease global sanctions imposed after he tested nuclear bombs and long-range ballistic missiles. "I'll tell you what the Marshall wants more than anything".