Trump, Kim shake hands to begin historic summit

Trump, Kim shake hands to begin historic summit

The handshake lasted about 12 seconds.

Both men walked to Trump's bullet-proof limousine, nicknamed "The Beast", and looked in at the rear seat, with Trump apparently showing Kim something inside.

Trump first announced there would be "a signing" shortly after midday, during a stroll with Kim around the hotel grounds.

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.

Commenting on his upcoming meeting with the North Korean dictator, President Trump said he will know very quickly whether the summit is going to be fruitful.

The pair made brief remarks as they sat together before the world's media as the historic summit got under way, with the USA leader insisting "we will have a terrific relationship I have no doubt".

Before signing what Trump described as a "comprehensive letter", Kim said the two leaders had a historic meeting "and chose to leave the past behind". "This is what we have, this is where we are, and I can only tell you from my experience, and I've met him, I've spoken with him".

Sitting alongside Kim, Trump said the two leaders "have developed a special bond" and that after several hours of talks Tuesday and the signing of the agreement he thinks the USA relationship with North Korea "will be very different than in the past".

Trump is to be joined by Pompeo, chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser John Bolton and a few others.

It's a neutral player in the region and both the US and North Korea have embassies there.

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"Working together, we will get it taken care of", Trump said.

It was not immediately clear what specific progress, if any, had been made in preliminary discussions between U.S. and North Korean officials.

Trump arrived at the hotel after issuing a flurry of tweets dismissing skeptics of the meeting between US leaders and the rogue nuclear nation as "haters & losers".

Rodman's trip was sponsored by PotCoin, a cryptocurrency company that gives marijuana businesses access to banking as an alternative to many financial institutions that will not do business with cannabis companies because marijuana is illegal under USA federal law. Kudlow's wife, Judy, told the Washington Post that "he's doing fine".

What's on the table in Singapore?

There was speculation throughout the day over whether Kim Jong Un had taken his private jet- an Ilyushin IL-62M - from Pyongyang, but official photos released by the Singaporean Ministry of Communications and Information showing Kim meeting Balakrishnan on the tarmac appear to reveal that he flew to Singapore aboard an Air China Boeing 747.

But in North Korea, Tuesday's historic summit didn't even merit a mention. I had to hide out for 30 days. I just kept going back.

"I think that I brought awareness to a lot of things around the world and I think North Korea has given a lot of people the opportunity to do this conference now and I hope it's a success. I knew it. I was the only one".

The summit is scheduled to begin at 9am, the White House said.

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