"People, world leaders that have been right next to him have never met him".
"But I've said it many times, who knows?"
The U.S. and North Korea have disagreed about what "denuclearization" would actually entail.
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For the first time, a sitting U.S. President will meet the North Korean Chairman. It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before, create peace and great prosperity for his land.
Then Trump hit an assortment of topics, including trade, North Korea and kept pushing for reinstatement Russia, which had been tossed from what was then the G-8 in 2014, after the country annexed Crimea and endorsed pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
This has led to "remarkable optimism" in the South, Kelly writes.
To do that, Kim needs to ease crushing sanctions and somehow encourage investment.
Such is the short-term nature of politics, and the cult of personality unique to the Trump presidency. It also successfully tested missiles that had enough range to reach the USA mainland.
Kim's age also resonates with optimists. Trump's comments on Thursday reflected an understanding of that.
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In a way, these folks have it easy. It could also give North Korea the opportunity to demand the withdrawal of US troops in the South or the halt of regular allied military exercises. In 2005, North Korea was testing long-range missiles while promising to do its utmost to denuclearise the Korean peninsula. Kim is seeking security guarantees and relief from economic sanctions.
But it's not completely barren territory for students of North Korean media.
The Trump administration is hoping that the talks will jump-start a process that eventually sees Kim give up his nuclear weapons.
Skeptics also warn about the dangers of ridiculously high expectations surrounding the summit.
Brisbane retiree Raymond Ferguson is secretary for the Australia Democratic Republic of North Korea Friendship Association. "When you're approaching the altar with a serial philanderer, it's best to keep the divorce lawyer on speed dial".
He found signs of anti-American sentiment everywhere - from menacing billboards showing missiles raining down on Washington, to militarized cartoon characters on the walls at daycare centres - all depicting the U.S.as North Korea's mortal enemy.
There could be some, if Trump and Kim can compromise.
Some observers believe that Trump shouldn't open negotiations by focusing on a peace deal, and instead should use the prospect of such a treaty as leverage to get the North to abandon its weapons. A much more hard, but crucial, "get" would be a full "declaration and accounting of all North Korean nuclear sites and fissile material".
After Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran deal, his last bout of nuclear negotiations, the news website Axios reported that Trump was pleased by the largely negative reaction by prominent academics.
Pyongyang has taken some steps to show sincerity, returning United States detainees and blowing up its nuclear test site. "I blame our past leaders".