Trump immediately grumbled about the media to Kim Jong Un

12 June, 2018, 09:27 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • US President Donald Trump gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore

The US doesn't recognise the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, nor do American officials have much reason to take North Korean leaders at their word, having had previous diplomatic efforts to engage scuttled.

It's the first time a sitting USA president has met with N. Korea's chief, making the summit historic and quite the diplomatic gesture. "There were obstacles, but we overcame them to be here".

"T$3 he whole territory of the U.S.is within range of our nuclear strike", Kim said in his speech. Trump traveled to Singapore from Canada, where he a meeting with other world leaders.

They also patted each other on each other's arms as they walked together at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa.

Trump did most of the talking, and Kim appeared to listen attentively, turning to him three times during their walk toward their meeting room.

"I think things could work out very nicely", Trump said in a Tuesday meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. "Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fantasy...science fiction movie".

The face-to-face meeting was "very, very good", the USA leader said after the talks. "Very, very good. Good relationship".

The White House said the daylong summit would also include a working lunch and a larger meeting involving aides to both leaders.

The two have been participating in a summit between their two countries in Singapore.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore
Trump immediately grumbled about the media to Kim Jong Un

Mr Trump and Mr Kim sit down with their respective delegations for the US-North Korea summit, following a private discussion that kicked off the historic meeting between the leaders. They will be joined only by translators and will spend a couple of hours before admitting their close advisers to the meeting.

On the eve of the first encounter between a sitting US president and a leader of North Korea, American officials are maintaining any resulting agreement must lead to an end of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile threats.

Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly. but in the end, that doesn't matter. "We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!" The two countries remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

North Korea, however, has shown little appetite for surrendering nuclear weapons it considers vital to the survival of Kim's dynastic rule.

The former Central Intelligence Agency chief said USA sanctions will remain in place until Washington verifies the North's denuclearization efforts. And under a 2016 United States law, relief from U.S. sanctions that target the North Korean government would require progress on human rights, he said.

He has said he would size up Kim "within the first minute" of their meeting.

The U.S. president will then address the media before flying out late Tuesday Singapore time.

Just a few months ago, Kim was an global pariah accused of ordering the killing of his uncle, a half-brother and scores of officials suspected of disloyalty.

"I thought I was doing a charity event", he said.


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