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The twains meet in Singapore

By INS Correspondent , in Regional World , at June 12, 2018

If you thought that US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are the twains that shall never met, you have been proven wrong by them.

They met, shook hands, walked down together and sat down to talk.

The two leaders, often fighting a words war and keeping world around them busy but diplomacy between the duo just let them sit down for the first time kicking off their history-making summit aimed at normalising bilateral ties and complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Trump and Kim met at Capella Singapore hotel in Singapore’s Sentosa island after months of diplomatic twists and turns.

The two men 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. They then appeared to share a few light-hearted words as they walked down a corridor to the hotel’s library.

Trump and Kim are the first leaders of their respective countries to meet, marking the culmination of months of diplomatic wrangling and negotiations.

In brief remarks to the media before the start of their meeting, Trump expressed hope 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.”

“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,” Trump responded when asked how he felt in the first minute.

Kim then said there were a number of “obstacles” to the meeting taking place in Singapore today.

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

Trump then said “Thank you very much”.

At 9:06 AM (local time), they entered the room where they held their one-on-one meeting for around 45-minutes with just translators present.

Fourteen reporters are participating in the tight pool, seven each from the US and North Korea.



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