US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Singapore on Tuesday morning and began the first-ever summit in history between the sitting leaders of the two countries.
US President Donald Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday and welcomed the beginning of a "terrific relationship", a momentous step in an improbable courtship that has opened a new era for the world’s largest nuclear power and the most reclusive one.
The two leaders met at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island on Tuesday morning. In a carefully choreographed meeting at around 9 am, Trump and Kim strode towards each other, arms extended, in the red-carpeted reception area of the grand Capella Hotel, in Singapore's Sentosa Island.
Trump and Kim then began around 45-minute meeting behind closed door before having a working meeting with their respective delegations and a lunch.
The initial handshake took place in a courtyard of the British colonial-style hotel, amid US and North Korean flags that flank the red carpet.
Acknowledging the meeting, Kim said, “There will be challenges ahead but we will work with Trump. We overcame all kinds of skepticism and speculations about this summit and I believe that this is good for the peace.”
Tuesday's summit in Singapore, which aims to address the possible denuclearization of North Korea, is the first between the two countries' sitting leaders after nearly 70 years of confrontation in the wake of the Korean War (1950-1953), and 25 years of failed negotiations and tensions over the North Korean nuclear programme.