>> Across Asia there are signs Donald Trump's maximum pressure on sanctions against North Korea is fading. That may impact any deal over Kim Jong-un's nuclear weapons made this week in Singapore. In the Chinese border city of Dandong, locals tell Reuters some North Korean restaurants have reopened. Tour operators say more Chinese are visiting the North, and China's official airline, Air China, has restarted flights to Pyongyang.
Trump has said he doesn't even want to say maximum pressure anymore now that relations are better. But experts say if there's no deal this week and he wants to go back to fire and fury, it may not be so easy anymore. Reuter's Matt Spitalnick in Singapore explains why.
>> No matter what happens with this summit in Singapore, the genie is really out of the bottle on sanctions. North Korean officials have already visited China, looking at ways to increase their own economic development. There have also been efforts by the Russians to loosen the noose around North Korea's neck on sanctions.
They were never a big fan of this to begin with. The South Koreans are talking about different joint development projects that could also make it very hard to return to any kind of severe limits on Trade and commerce with Pyongyang.>> There are stakes at home, too. Trump has insisted he wouldn't let up on max pressure unless North Korea agrees to concrete steps to get rid of its nuclear weapons.
>> But if he comes out of this summit, as looks likely, with little more than promises to move in that direction on North Korea's part, he'll look very weak back at home. Certainly, some lawmakers on the democratic side will say that he has failed to deliver on really putting the screws to North Korea.
His own base, in fact, which has applauded his strongarm tactics against Pyongyang could also see signs that he's taking a little more weak kneed approach.>> US law makers have voiced concern traders in China are already dodging sanctions. However, diplomats in Beijing told Reuters there's no evidence China's broken it's UN pledges to sanction the North.