>> The bottles kept coming. That's how South Korean sources described their meeting with Kim Jong-un that led to the potential breakthrough, one on one with US President Donald Trump. Seoul's negotiators had just returned from the unprecedented visit to Pyongyang hours before the news broke, their plane seen here.
Over cold noodles and local liquor, Kim is said to have made jokes about himself and his image abroad. They said he appeared relaxed, even making this light-hearted comment about how the South's President Moon must have, quote, had a rough time chairing national security meetings at the break of dawn whenever we fired missiles.
And that he could now sleep in. Kim also apparently said if talks broke down, any hostility could be easily resolved with a phone call between the Korean leaders. It's a reference to an emergency hotline being planned to directly link Kim to Moon Jae-in.>>
> It seems the negotiators immediately knew something was different about this meeting.
Reuters sources say he didn't have the usual escorts following them around in their hotel, and Kim appeared to have a no-hard-feelings demeanor. He was also the first to break the ice over the most sensitive subjects, like the military exercises. And the menu itself was apparently specifically cobbled together from notes that Kim's sister's delegation took during their visit to the South Korea Olympics last month.
Whether or not all of this actually turns into something tangible with the White House is not clear, but at least the hospitality industry is one of Trump's cornerstones.