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Trump says summit with North Korea’s Kim is “very, very good”

Update: June, 12/2018 - 10:30
US President Donald Trump (right) shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of their historic summit at the Capella Hotel in Singapore on Tuesday. — YONHAP/VNA Photo
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SINGAPORE US President Donald Trump said he had forged a "good relationship" with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the start of a historic summit in Singapore on Tuesday, as the two men sought ways to end a nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula.

"There will be challenges ahead," Kim said, but he vowed to work with Trump. Both men sat against in the hotel’s library against a backdrop of North Korean and US flags, with Kim beaming broadly as the US president gave him a thumbs up.

With cameras of the world’s press trained on them, Trump and Kim displayed an initial atmosphere of bonhomie.

Both men had looked serious as they got out of their limousines for the summit at the Capella hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa, a resort island with luxury hotels, a casino, manmade beaches and a Universal Studios theme park.

But 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 had said on Saturday he would know within a minute of meeting Kim whether he would reach a deal.

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

Kim was heard telling Trump through a translator: "I think the entire world is watching this moment. Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fantasy...science fiction movie."

Asked by a reporter how the meeting was going, Trump said: "Very good. Very, very good. Good relationship."

Kim also sounded positive about the prospects.

"We overcame all kinds of scepticism and speculations about this summit and I believe that this is good for the peace," he said.

Trump was joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton, and John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff, for the expanded talks, while Kim’s team included former military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol, foreign minister Ri Yong Ho and Ri Su Yong, vice chairman of the ruling Workers’ Party. REUTERS

 

US President Donald Trump (third from right) and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (second from left) sit down with their respective delegations for the US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on Tuesday. — AFP/VNA Photo

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