The main course may be hard-to-swallow, denuclearisation, but Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un also had a heady mix of Yangzhou fried rice and a dark chocolate tartlet ganache on their plates during their historic summit.
He gestured for an aide to open the door to the vehicle - many of whose features are highly classified - and even appeared to be inviting the North Korean despot in for a look around. But on the eve of the summit, he altered his schedule, opting to return at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday after a full day of meetings with Kim - nearly 15 hours earlier than previously anticipated.
It wasn't immediately clear what specific progress, if any, had been made in preliminary discussions between US and North Korean officials in the run-up to the Tuesday summit.
Should they succeed in making a diplomatic breakthrough, it could bring lasting change to the security landscape of Northeast Asia, like the visit of former U.S. President Richard Nixon to China in 1972 led to the transformation of China.
"We are hopeful this summit will have set the conditions for future successful talks", Pompeo said on Monday evening. While an ICBM-armed nuclearized North Korea is indeed a major cause for concern for the world, Twitter and Instagram appeared to have their thoughts elsewhere, with the two leaders becoming the subject of quite a few memes.
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"We're both very honored to sign the document, thank you", Trump said, with Kim sitting at his side. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the plans and insisted on anonymity.
Trump then stated, "That's true", before both men went into the private session as photographers and journalists exited.
Prior to his departure for Singapore on Saturday, Trump spoke about North Korea's potential to be a "great" country.
According to Will Ripley, CNN correspondent who has visited North Korea 19 times, the interpreter with President Trump is Dr. Yun-hyang Lee, the division chief of interpreting services at the State Department.