SINGAPORE ― The highly anticipated summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is underway in Singapore.
The two world leaders were photographed together on the steps of the Capella Hotel in Sentosa, a tiny island off Singapore’s southern coast. This marks the first time that a sitting U.S. president has met with a North Korean leader.
“We’re going to have a great discussion,” Trump said shortly after the two shook hands. “It’s my honour, and we’re going to have a terrific relationship.”
“Well, it was not easy to get here,” Kim said through an interpreter, before noting the two were able to overcome “obstacles” to start the summit.
Trump departed the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Singapore just after 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday, arriving at Capella soon after.
Known for his extreme punctuality, Trump was about 45 minutes early for his tête-à-tête with the North Korean leader, which kicked off a few minutes after the scheduled time of 9 a.m.
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Kim’s heavily guarded motorcade departed a few minutes after Trump’s from the St. Regis Hotel, located just down the road from the Shangri-La. There was a carnival-like atmosphere around the two leaders’ hotels as journalists and onlookers thronged to catch a glimpse of the departing motorcades.
The pair will meet behind closed doors for several hours on Tuesday, first privately (with interpreters) and then with members of their respective delegations. It’s unclear how successful the meeting will be and what demands either leader will make, if the negotiations even get that far.
Diplomats have scrambled in recent weeks to determine what specific …read more
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