>> Pool guests in swim clothes at the Marina Bay Sands, scrambling to get a selfie with the supreme leader. Social media around Singapore was abuzz, as people reported sightings of Kim Jong-un on a surprise tour late Monday evening. Alongside him in this photo is Singaporean foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan.
Just a few hours earlier, he'd had lunch Kim's US counterpart, Donald Trump. Part of the choreographed countdown continues for Tuesday's big summit. I'm Reuters' Grace Lee just outside the St. Regis Hotel where Kim Jong-un has finally called it a night, after his long and unexpected excursion in Singapore.
Now, people inside the hotel at the time, myself included, were suddenly asked to go behind a barricade and stuck there for about an hour before Kim made his appearance. The whole are was swarmed with security, including North Korean security guards. And it was a while before we could come out.
People inside the hotel were actually really excited about this, and wondering whether or not they'd be seeing the supreme leader. When he finally made his appearance, he was all smiles and seemed to be in a very good mood. The surprise excursion followed a frantic day of last-minute meetings and preparation.
As negotiators scrambled to lay down the groundwork for his big summit with Donald Trump.>> The president is fully prepared for the meeting tomorrow.>> In a televised announcement Monday evening, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, things were going smoothly. The big question remains whether Washington will be able to get Pyongyang to completely denuclearize.
When asked whether the US would be willing to evacuate its troops from the Korean Peninsula in return, Pompeo responded simply.>> We are prepared to take what will be secured assurances that are different, unique.>> Trump and Kim are expected to spend as much as two hours together before being joined by their respective teams.
it's all a far cry from last year, when Trump threatened North Korea with fire and fury, and mocked Kim as a little rocket man.