Trump meets Kim in landmark Singapore summit

The sun rises over the bridge on the banks of the Yalu River in the Chinese border town of Dandong opposite to the North Korean town of Sinuiju

Image The sun rises over the Chinese border town of Dandong opposite the North Korean town of Sinuiju

The handshake lasted about 12 seconds.

"China is also the main party that has helped the Trump-Kim summit overcome various issues, allowing it to be finally held", it added. He also said Kim agreed to destroy a "major" missile testing site, but did not offer specific details.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore.

During a brief walk, Trump guided Kim over to his custom Cadillac limousine and gave him a peek inside.

"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".

"It was not easy to get here", Kim said, according to a translator.

The White House said preparatory negotiations had "moved more quickly than expected" and Donald Trump would leave on Tuesday evening after his talks with Kim Jong-un, ruling out the possibility the unprecedented tete-a-tete would run to two days.

Tuesday marked the first meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader. Kim was joined by vice chairman Kim Yong Chol and foreign ministers Ri Yong Ho and Ri Su Yong.

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"I'm here. I haven't slept in 25 hours but I thought it was appropriate to do because we've been negotiating for literally around the clock with them and with us, and with John and with Mike and a whole team of very talented people."

When asked if there was a discussion of pulling the roughly 28,000 USA troops out of South Korea, Trump said the topic never came up.

But he said: "in the end, that doesn't matter".

On top of that, CBS News correspondent Ed O'Keefe points out, Mr. Trump has invited Kim to the White House.

The Trump administration seeks a "complete, verifiable and irreversible" dismantlement of Pyongyang's vast nuclear weapons program, which has produced up to 60 nuclear warheads housed across the country, according to U.S. intelligence estimates, as well as a sophisticated program for their delivery worldwide. Kim toured Singapore by night on Monday, enjoying his third known trip out of his country since taking over the regime in 2011. Kudlow's wife, Judy, told the Washington Post that "he's doing fine".

He called Kim "very smart" and a "very worthy, very hard negotiator".

Earlier, before a row of alternating USA and North Korean flags, the leaders shared a warm 13-second handshake at a Singapore island resort, creating an indelible image of two unorthodox leaders as they opened a conversation that could determine historic peace or raise the specter of a growing nuclear threat. "I am so happy", Rodman, visibly shaking and crying, said.

"It is fantastic, it is incredible. when I went back home, I got so many death threats".

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