A 12 second positive handshake of Trump and Kim Jong-un normalise ties


NC Network, New Delhi 

Donald Trump, US President on Tuesday described his first-ever historic meeting with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader as "really fantastic" and said they have agreed to "sign" an unspecified document after their "very positive" summit, aimed at normalising ties and complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.


  
At the Capella Singapore hotel in Singapore's Sentosa Island, Trump and Kim met and shook hands after months of diplomatic twists and turns. The two leaders had a very confidential meeting, with translators only, followed by an expanded meeting including their top aides and a working lunch.

Trump said after the lunch, "A lot of progress. Really, very positive, I think better than anybody could have expected, top of the line, really good,"It was not clear what the two leaders would sign but Trump said, "We're going right now for a signing," the public will find out soon.

They walked towards each other, stood face to face for the first time and shared a 12-second handshake against a backdrop of American and North Korean flags.  As they walked down a corridor to the hotel's library, they appeared to share a few light-hearted words. 

In brief remarks to the media before the start of their meeting, Trump hoped that the historic summit would be "tremendously successful." Sitting next to the North Korean leader, the US President said, "We will have a terrific relationship ahead." 

when asked how he felt in the first minute Trump responded, "I feel really great. It's gonna be a great discussion and I think tremendous success. I think it's gonna be really successful and I think we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt." 
Kim then said there were a number of "obstacles" to the meeting taking place in Singapore on Tuesday. 

"We overcame all of them and we are here today," he told reporters through a translator. 

The meeting lasted for around 45-minutes with just translators present. According to North Korean media, Kim actually arrived at the venue 7 minutes earlier than Trump to show respect as it's cultural, the young one should arrive earlier than the elder one. The red tie that Trump wears may also show some respect to Kim as well, it's the colour that North Koreans like.

At least three times Kim was asked if he would give up his nuclear weapons. In response, he just smiled. Trump said he believed that and Kim will "solve a big problem, a big dilemma" and that by working together, "we will get it taken care of". Kim responded that, "There will be challenges ahead but we will work with Trump. We overcame all kinds of skepticism and speculations about this summit and I believe that this is good for the peace."



After the delegation-level meeting, Trump joined Kim for a working lunch which had a mix of Western and Asian dishes. post-lunch the two leaders then took a  stroll in the courtyard of the hotel.

The agenda of the meeting is North Korea's nuclear capabilities, which Trump is hoping to convince them to abandon in exchange for economic assistance. On the eve of the summit, the US offered "unique" security guarantees to North Korea in return for a "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization.

This summit at Sentosa - the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader - will mark a turn around of relations between Trump, and Kim after a long-running exchange of threats and insults.



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