Trump-Kim summit: In what has been termed as one of the biggest path-breaking moments in world diplomacy, Donald Trump today became the first US President to meet a North Korea leader since the inception of the country.
Trump-Kim summit: In what has been termed as one of the biggest path-breaking moments in world diplomacy, Donald Trump today became the first US President to meet a North Korea leader since the inception of the country. Trump held a summit with controversial North Korea supreme leader Kim Jong-Un at the colonial-era Capella Hotel in Sentosa, a resort island in Singapore. Countries like South Korea, Japan and China looking keenly at the meeting which comes after an unprecedented escalation of nuclear tension between the White House and Pyongyang hit global headlines.
Here is what Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un said after their summit
U.S. 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. Should they succeed in making a diplomatic breakthrough, it could bring lasting change to the security landscape of Northeast Asia, like the visit of former U.S. President Richard Nixon to China in 1972 led to the transformation of China.
“There will be challenges ahead,” Kim said, but he vowed to work with Trump. Both men sat alongside each other against a backdrop of North Korean and U.S. flags, with Kim beaming broadly as the US president gave him a thumbs up. The combatants of the 1950-53 Korean War are technically still at war, as the conflict, in which millions of people died, was concluded only with a truce.
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.”
The two countries are expected to release a joint statement after the second round of the meeting — delegation-level talks — is over. The page will be updated as and when the statement is released.