North Korea leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, who earlier this week said they had a “very good relationship”, began a second day of talks on this morning.
And Kim spoke to reporters in a rare interview in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Asked by if he was confident about a deal, he said through an interpreter: “It’s too early to tell, but I wouldn’t say I’m pessimistic.
“For what I feel right now, I do have a feeling that good results will come out.
“There must be people who watch us having a wonderful time, like a scene from a fantasy movie.
“We have so far made lots of efforts, and it’s time to show them.”
Kim also said he would welcome the idea of putting a US liaison office in the North’s capital, Pyongyang.
Both the leaders are expressing hope for progress on improving relations and denuclearisation today.
This is the duo’s second meeting after their historic but inconclusive first one in Singapore eight months ago.
“There must be people who watch us having a wonderful time, like a scene from a fantasy movie”
As they got down to the substance of the issues dividing them on Thursday, they both appeared to be cautiously optimistic.
Trump, who arrived in Hanoi on Tuesday, stressed the talks aimed at tackling North Korea’s nuclear threat should not be rushed.
“I’ve been saying very much from the beginning that speed is not that important to me,” Trump told reporters as he and Kim sat at a round table in the Metropole hotel.
“I very much appreciate no testing of nuclear rockets, missiles, any of it, very much appreciate it.
“We just want to do the right deal.”
North Korea has conducted no nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests since late 2017.
Trump reiterated North Korea’s potential, if a deal can be done, saying the isolated country could be an “economic powerhouse”.
The two leaders took a brief break from their talks after about half an hour to stroll in the leafy hotel courtyard, by a swimming pool.
They were joined by Kim’s top envoy Kim Yong Chol, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and interpreters.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton looked on from a short distance but did not join the group.
They chatted and gestured for a few minutes before going back inside.
Trump and Kim have a series of meetings scheduled at the Metropole and will later hold a “joint agreement signing ceremony”, the White House said.
The White House has given no indication of what the signing ceremony might involve.
Discussions have included the possibility of a political statement to declare the 1950-53 Korean War over.
They have also discussed partial denuclearisation measures, such as allowing inspectors to observe the dismantling of North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear reactor.
Trump plans a news conference at 3.50pm (8.50am GMT).