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President Donald Trump on Saturday said he has "a clear objective" for his upcoming nuclear summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, though he acknowledged that potential progress "will always be spur of the moment".

Speaking shortly before beginning his long journey to Singapore, Trump told reporters that contacts between the U.S. and North Korean negotiators had been positive in the build-up to Tuesday's historic meeting and talked up its prospects of success.

Coming three years after Singapore hosted the 2015 meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and then Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou, the Trump-Kim summit is seen as further burnishing Singapore's credentials as a neutral nation on par with Switzerland. "Now several people have met with Kim, and the President will have the benefit of first-hand observations on the North Korean leader".

Still, it's a serious contrast to the days a year ago when choice insults - Trump's "little rocket man" and Kim's "dotard" - were flying between Washington and Pyongyang during the North's nuclear and missile tests. "They have good emotional radars and know when we are being condescending, speaking down to them".

The road to the summit has been bumpy, with Trump pulling out of the summit last month after aggressive language from Hermit Kingdom.

"For people like my father, they could go back to their homeland to their birthplace and revisit the country, so positive things like that will happen".

The leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations agreed on Friday to pursue North Korea's denuclearization despite the growing rift between the United States and other members over trade.

Ahead of the highly-anticipated summit with North Korea, "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor is in Singapore to lead CBS News' coverage of the meeting.

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The North Korean leader wants to achieve what his father and grandfather never could - a meeting with the United States president which would, in his eyes, cement his legitimacy.

Poll numbers that showed most Americans - on both sides of the aisle - approve of his handling of North Korea. For years Trump has complained about the US bearing too much of the burden for other countries' security, and as president he's sought to pull troops from Syria and other locations. I don't think they will try and kick out the president.

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"It's a one time shot, and I think it's going to work out very well", Trump said in a wide-ranging press conference Saturday.

Beijing wants the summit, says Yun Sun, director of the China program at the Stimson Centre, relieved for any de-escalation in tension.

Balakrishnan, who said Singapore was "happy to play [its] part for world peace", will be hoping local authorities will not have to deal with many more such ugly scenes in days to come.

"I personally don't believe in further shutting out North Korea from the rest of the world, and feel cultural exchange and dialogue - even through something as basic as tourism - is extremely important in better understanding each other", he said.

Yet many close observers doubt the once hostile leader's appetite for peace. The Lowy Institute's worldwide security director Euan Graham says Mr Kim has relied on the classic North Korean playbook, swinging predictably from provocation to engagement.

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