Published: Wed, June 13, 2018

Trump, Kim shake hands to open momentous summit

Trump, Kim shake hands to open momentous summit

Speaking briefly hours after Kim Jong Un and Trump held historic talks in Singapore, Abe also said he was pleased that the United States leader had raised the emotive issue of Japanese abducted by Pyongyang.

While the two leaders have now met and shaken hands, minor provocations during future negotiations between lower level officials of the two nations for the denuclearization process could serve as the trigger to destroy the latest agreement.

The Southeast Asian city state is hosting the unprecedented summit at Sentosa Island's Capella Hotel.

It was the first in a series of handshakes that were televised throughout the day, but it stood out as a landmark moment.

It was translated to Kim Jong Un, who smiled, and said via translator: "It was not easy to get here. old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward, but we've overcome all of them, and we are here today". "Kim Jong-un wants to stay in power and needs to open up a little for that to happen", Sherman said in a discussion with former US State Department official Daniel Russel at the New York-based Asia Society Policy Institute.

The meeting lasted for about 45 minutes before the pair reemerged and joined an expanded bilateral group which included some of their top aides.

On Wednesday, North Korean state media said Trump had also agreed to the North's desire for a step-by-step disarmament process with corresponding USA concessions at each step, rather than immediate disarmament as the U.S. had initially sought.

"The war games are very expensive", Trump said.

Kim spoke at the signing, through a translator, saying that they had a "historic meeting and chose to leave the past behind".

The president called his meeting with Kim "honest, direct and productive", and said Pyongyang promised to a "major missile site" though this was agreed after the deal was signed, explaining its absence from the document.


On conservative Fox News and among Mr Trump's core supporters, the president was lauded for a historic diplomatic breakthrough.

Trump was defending the wording of a joint statement between the leaders that offered only vague aspirations on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula while saying that Kim has genuine interest to relinquish his nuclear program.

Read a full copy of the document here.

There were no words that even hinted at ending the Korean War, as Trump suggested he was interested in bringing about before meeting with Kim. "I hate to appear a businessman, but I kept saying, what's it costing?"

Alluding to the North's concerns that giving up its nuclear weapons could surrender its primary deterrent to forced regime change, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that the US was prepared to take action to provide North Korea with "sufficient certainty" that denuclearization "is not something that ends badly for them".

"This is different, I believe you'll find in years to come, George". "Moon, and then Trump, were quick to bite on North Korea's invitation for talks".

"We're not going to be doing the war games as long as we're negotiating in good faith", Mr Trump told Fox News Channel in an interview in Singapore after the summit.

Kim may have best summed up the surreal quality of what was happening when he said that many of those watching will think it's a scene from a "science fiction movie". "We got to know each other well in a very confined period of time under very strong, strong circumstances".

And after Trump made a fat joke and showed Kim the inside of his limo, they signed their "historish agreement", he said. "But lots of other places where there were understandings reached, we couldn't reduce them to writing, so that means there's still some work to do, ".

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