Dr Balakrishnan and Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, who was also on hand to greet the North Korean leader at the airport, along with Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Defence Maliki Osman and Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information as well as Culture, Community and Youth Sim Ann, were at the Istana when Mr Kim met Mr Lee.
The former Central Intelligence Agency chief said USA sanctions will remain in place until Washington verifies the North's denuclearization efforts.
Though small, Singapore is also wealthy, and able to shoulder the cost of the historic summit, which would appeal to cash-strapped North Korea. According to Reuters, earlier this month Singapore's Defense Minister Ng Eng commented on Singapore paying for numerous expenses of the sit down between Trump and Kim.
Weeks later, more insults followed.
Warmbier was an American student arrested in North Korean in January 2016 for stealing a propaganda poster and sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor. He said there will be a press conference in the next few hours.More news: (US-NK summit) Expectations running high for successful outcomes
Trump's retort included mention of his own "nuclear button" - one that doesn't actually exist.
But they were soon smiling and holding each other by the arm, before Trump guided Kim to the library where they held a meeting with only their interpreters.
As the cameras captured the moment, Trump quipped: "Very nice".
"He said Singapore is clean and lovely and every building is stylish as he heard of in the past, adding he is going to learn a lot from the good knowledge and experience of Singapore in various fields in the future", KCNA reported.
Before they parted ways, he promised that the pair would meet many times and, when asked if he'd extend an invitation for his North Korean counterpart to visit the White House, he said: "Absolutely I will".More news: Donald Trump demands end to 'unfair' trade after meeting
"We had a really fantastic meeting, a lot of progress, very positive", Trump said.
Kim and President Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday ahead of Tuesday's historic summit. I got so many death threats.
North Korea, however, has shown little appetite for surrendering nuclear weapons it considers vital to the survival of Kim's dynastic rule.
The U.S. will move to tighten the punishing measures if diplomacy fails, he added. Kim is due to depart Singapore on Tuesday afternoon, a source told Reuters.
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