Kim Jong-un and Trump Meet in Singapore for Historic Summit

Kim Jong-un and Trump Meet in Singapore for Historic Summit

In the final hours of calm before an unprecedented summit with North Korea, President Donald Trump forecast a "nice" outcome from what he said would be a "very interesting meeting" Tuesday with Kim Jong Un, while Kim was spending Monday out of public view. Trump and Kim planned to meet one on one, joined only by translators, for up to two hours before admitting their respective advisers, a US official said.

The U.S. President, who is more than twice Kim's age, then appeared to lead the way to the library where they held a one-on-one meeting, placing his hand on the North Korean leader's counterpart's back. Trump said. "We will be fine!"

Kim's first major interaction with the global community also betrayed a sense of awe and wonder as he faced the rapid fire shutters of photographers in the opulence of the Singapore luxury hotel where the meeting took place.

He added that Singapore had been following developments on the Korean peninsula for a very long time.

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.

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"The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the US, say the haters & losers", Trump wrote on Twitter from Singapore on Tuesday morning. That uncertainty appeared to carry over to the summit itself, where a "tight pool" was designated to witness Trump's and Kim's initial meeting.

"Trump is a gambler and he's gambling on being able to rein in North Korea like a parent does to naughty child", Leong said.

Shortly after arriving in Singapore in the afternoon, Mr Kim, who is Chairman of the State Affairs Commission in North Korea, the nation's highest decision-making body, met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for the first time. And he made clear that, whatever the role of diplomats and aides in setting up the meeting, it would be the personal exchange between him and Kim that would be decisive. Asked Saturday about his goals, he said: "Well, I think the minimum would be relationship". He told reporters he thinks he will know nearly immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: "I will know, just my touch, my feel. I said maybe in the first minute". "I, along with all our people, sincerely hope that it will be a successful summit that will open a new era of complete denuclearization, peace and a new relationship between South Korea, North Korea and the United States". Libya's Moammar Gadhafi gave up his nuclear weapons program, only to fall from power.

Shortly before the summit began, Mr Trump tweeted that his top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, had suffered a heart attack and was in hospital.

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