Trump, Kim shake hands to begin historic summit

Cheng Xiaohe a professor of international relations specialising in North Korea at Renmin University in Beijing

On his stroll, Kim had been briefed on urban development plans.

But for the US, Mr Trump says the meeting was justified because it led to a "secured commitment for complete denuclearisation".

He then appeared to show off for Mr. Kim The Beast, the heavily-armoured Cadillac that is the presidential vehicle.

Mr Trump added: "I learned he's a very talented man".

"When Trump touches Kim's arm during the handshake, that's a sign of empathy". US President Donald Trump arrived at the venue just 60 seconds before the summit was to begin.

But what he meant was unclear, as was the ability of the two sides to achieve a meaningful agreement toward denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

Meanwhile, Law and Home Affairs Minister Shanmugam is confident that security is in place for the Trump-Kim summit. They then resumed their walk.

"An unsuccessful summit would be one in which talks break down, leading to renewed and heightened tensions, possibly similar to what was seen in 2017 with harsh words and bellicose actions by both sides". We had a terrific day and we learned a lot about each other and our countries'. Mr Kim, speaking via a translator, said: "It wasn't easy to come to this point".

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Rodman spoke from Singapore , where he had traveled to play his part in the summit between the two nations. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

He later told Mr. Trump: "Many people in the world will think of this as a ... form of fantasy ... from a science fiction movie".

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"We may be able to recoup a little bit of that but I think it is a cost that we're willing to pay and it's our contribution to an global endeavour, which is in our profound interests", said Lee during a press conference held at the summit's worldwide Media Centre.

Pompeo said the U.S.is prepared to offer "unique" security guarantees to North Korea to ensure that eliminating its nuclear weapons won't end badly for Kim's regime. "And that it's Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un makes it feel like we've gone through the looking-glass".

He said flying bomber aircraft from Guam for the exercises meant a six-and-a-half hours journey that was an expense the United States could do without. The president wants the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of his nuclear weapons program.

"She called me and said, 'Dennis, Donald Trump is so proud of you".

That is, experts suggest Pyongyang may only agree to give up its nukes in exchange for the US terminating its military presence in South Korea and ending its regional nuclear umbrella, a security arrangement in which Washington promises in-kind retaliation on behalf of close allies if they are attacked with nuclear weapons.

Ahead of the meeting, Trump had said he would be able to work out within the first minute whether his North Korean counterpart was serious about making peace. Before the announcement, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seemed to hint that the outcome of the talks might not be what Trump has promised in the past.

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