Trump, Kim shake hands to begin historic summit

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As U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet on Singapore's Sentosa Island on Tuesday, Trump's Twitter timeline shows an interesting history between the two leaders - one that's marred by insults and threats, with the odd compliment in between.

Trump, who is seeking to persuade Kim to abandon his nuclear weapons program, called it "my honor" as he became the first sitting US president to sit down with a North Korean leader. The North Korean leader was educated at a boarding school in Switzerland, where he studied English as well as taking instruction in German, although his grades were reportedly less than stellar, according to Vanity Fair. It's aimed at settling a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

"We're going to have a great discussion and I think tremendous success".

Another challenge is monitoring North Korea's nuclear scientists.

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, Kim shake hands to begin historic summit

Trump said Tuesday at the beginning of expanded discussions with aides from both countries that "We will solve a big problem" and "a big dilemma".

North Korea has previously said it was willing to discuss denuclearization, but experts have expressed concern over the varying definitions of the term held by Washington and Pyongyang.

Only hours before the White House announcement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had seemed to lower expectations for the meeting, which Trump had earlier predicted could potentially yield an on-the-spot deal to end the Korean War.

State television aired the same photographs of Kim's departure as well as his arrival in Singapore and the North Korean leader's meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Presidential Palace.


Kim leaned to his left in a casual manner toward the US President.

Sanders, Ambassador Sung Kim, and National Security Council Senior Director for Asia Matt Pottinger will join for the working lunch. On a larger level, the astronomical cost of the nuclear weapons program contributes to the massive poverty in North Korea, among the world's poorest countries.

"Donald Trump was talking in conciliatory terms, nearly submissive, but his body language was clearly saying "I am in charge here", Pease said.

Trump and Kim met one-on-one for about 40 minutes Tuesday morning with the assistance of translators, the Associated Press reported.


The fighting ended on 27 July, 1953, but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the US -led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting. That is, experts suggest Pyongyang may only agree to give up its nukes in exchange for the US terminating its military presence in South Korea and ending its regional nuclear umbrella, a security arrangement in which Washington promises in-kind retaliation on behalf of close allies if they are attacked with nuclear weapons.

Kim then gave a few words. China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty. "I didn't know anything about North Korea". That could generate misunderstandings and a breakdown that risks armed conflict over North Korea's nuclear weapons.


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