With the world watching, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday shook hands and smiled for the cameras ahead of their historic summit in Singapore’s Sentosa Island. As their two flags hung side-by-side in the backdrop for the first time ever, Trump and Kim expressed hope that their summit would be fruitful.
“Nice to meet you Mr President,” were Kim’s first words, to which Trump responded, “It’s my honour and we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.”
During their one-on-one talks with the help of interpreters, Trump was enthusiastic that the summit would have “tremendous success”. He told Kim, “I feel really great. I think it’s gonna be really successful and I think we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.”
To this, Kim replied, “Well, it was not easy to get here. The past has placed many obstacles in our way but we overcame all of them and we are here today.”
The two leaders, who initially looked cautious, were later seen more relaxed. They will hold bilateral talks, the outcome of which remains uncertain.
Following their meeting. which lasted 41 minutes, Trump said the two countries have an “excellent relationship”. He hoped that the leaders “will solve a big problem, a big dilemma”.
“Working together, we will get it taken care of,” Trump concluded, as they headed for bilateral talks.
North Korea has agreed to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula while the US is committed to provide security for the country. Trump, who said he shared a special bond with Kim, said, “People are going to be very impressed and people are going to be very happy and we are going to take care of a very dangerous problem for the world.”
Kim, meanwhile, said, “We have decided to let go the past and now the world will see a major change.”