Trump And Kim Jong Un Share Historic Handshake


At one point during a post-lunch stroll on the hotel grounds, Trump showed Kim the interior of the presidential limousine known as "The Beast".

Trump then directed Kim to walk down a hallway, where they briefly spoke. Top of the line, very good. "We're going now for a signing", Trump told journalists following talks on ways to end a nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula.

But, with cameras of the world's press trained on them, they displayed an initial atmosphere of bonhomie as they met on the verandah of the Capella, a refurbished 19th century British regimental officers' mess.

After a handshake, 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. Trump said Saturday that he expects to rely on his gut when he meets Kim and will know nearly instantly whether they're going to make a deal.

Inside, they sat alongside each other against a backdrop of North Korean and U.S. flags, with Kim beaming broadly as the USA president gave him a thumbs up.

After initial exchanges lasting around 40 minutes, Trump and Kim emerged, walking side-by-side through the colonnaded hotel before entering a meeting room, where they were joined by their most senior officials.

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"I feel really great, we're going to have a great discussion", Trump said while sitting beside Kim Jong Un. "Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fiction movie".

If taken at face value, the full elimination of North Korea's extensive storehouse of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons could take years, making the prospect a tough sell to Kim, given the crippling effects of Trump's "maximum pressure" sanctions program on North Korea's economy.

"It's a huge win for Kim Jong Un, who now - if nothing else - has the prestige and propaganda coup of meeting one on one with the president, while armed with a nuclear deterrent", said Michael Kovrig, a northeast Asia specialist at the International Crisis Group in Washington.

"I truly hope it will be a successful summit that will open a new age for the two Koreas and the United States and bring us complete denuclearisation and peace". From the USA to the negotiating table in addition to trump's present Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Advisor to the President for homeland security John Bolton, chief of staff John Kelly. Earlier in the day, the two leaders arrived at the hotel along with their respective motorcades.

Body language expert said both men tried to project command as they met, but also displayed signs of nerves.

The two will huddle alone for roughly 45 minutes before being joined by aides for a larger meeting and working lunch. That was to be followed by dark chocolate tarts, pastries and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

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President Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore.

As the cameras captured the moment, Trump quipped: "Very nice". Later, during a working lunch, Trump asked photographers for good pictures "so we look nice and handsome and thin".

In a moment that would have never happened in North Korea, reporters began yelling questions to Trump and Kim, including whether they had discussed the case of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who suffered brain damage while in North Korean custody and died in June 2017, days after he was returned home to Ohio.

The U.S. foreign policy establishment considers an easing of the U.S. regional defense posture risky and highly inadvisable as long as North Korea maintains its nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and a million-man army that mostly is deployed near the border with South Korea. "If diplomacy does not move in the right direction. those measures will increase". And we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt. It said Trump will leave Singapore on Tuesday night rather than stay until Wednesday as originally planned.

Critics of the summit leapt at the leaders' handshake and the moonlight stroll Kim took Monday night along the glittering Singapore waterfront, saying it was further evidence that Trump was helping legitimize Kim on the world stage as an equal of the US president.

The summit capped a dizzying few days of foreign policy activity for Trump, who shocked US allies over the weekend by using a meeting in Canada of the Group of Seven industrialized economies to alienate America's closest friends in the West. Lashing out over trade practices, Trump lobbed insults at his G-7 host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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