MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un entered wider talks attended by their top leaders in Singapore, after ending a 41-minute one-on-one meeting on Tuesday.
Kim and Trump shook hands and smiled cautiously as they met. The two men will look for ways to end a nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula.
“Working together we will get it taken care of,” Trump told Kim at the start of the wider meeting. “We will solve it.”
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 US President Richard Nixon to China in 1972 led to the transformation of China, reports news agency.
“Nice to meet you Mister President,” Kim said as he sat alongside Trump, against a backdrop of North Korean and US flags, beaming broadly as the US president gave him a thumbs up. Trump said he was sure they would have a “terrific relationship”.
With cameras of the world’s press trained on them, Trump and Kim displayed an initial atmosphere of bonhomie.
“I feel really great,” Trump said. “It’s gonna be a great discussion and I think tremendous success. I think it’s gonna be really successful and I think we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.”
Kim replied: “Well, it was not easy to get here. The past has … placed many obstacles in our way but we overcame all of them and we are here today.”
Both men 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.