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The menu for a working lunch served to U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and their delegations during their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore Trump and Kim make history with a handshake
Deanna Wagner | 12 June, 2018, 09:16

He and Trump are set to meet Tuesday morning in the first summit of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting United States president.

"Nice to meet you Mister President", Kim said as he sat alongside Trump, against a backdrop of North Korean and U.S. flags, beaming broadly as the United States president gave him a thumbs up.

Trump and Kim could agree on a declaration to end the 1950-53 Korean War, the fire in which his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, forged the North Korean state. We're going to have a great discussion and, I think, tremendous success. "It's my honor and we will have a terrific relationship I have no doubt".

"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".

The summit is not expected to last beyond Tuesday, with both leaders set to leave Singapore shortly after concluding their meetings.

Trump and Kim chatted amiably out of earshot as they walked into the building for the private meeting that preceded a full bilateral conference that included aides and advisers.

Trump mostly remained inside his Shangri-la hotel on the day before the summit, emerging only to meet with his Singaporean counterpart at the presidential palace.

As the two leaders met, Singapore navy vessels, and air force Apache helicopters patrolled, while fighter jets and an Gulfstream 550 Airborne Early Warning aircraft circled. The handshake was firm but passed without Trump's customary antics as the two portly leaders smiled and looked each other in the eye for about 12 seconds.

A U.S. official confirmed to CNN Trump's departure was moved up by more than 12 hours because Kim set his own departure for shortly after the summit, as first reported by Bloomberg.

The last-minute change came as both sides finalized preparations for the meeting, with two meetings at the Ritz Carlton.

James Walsh, a senior research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with extensive experience in back-channel negotiations with the Pyongyang government said that the focus on personal chemistry rather than technical details represented a win for the North Korea.

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But he added: "In the end, that doesn't matter. We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!" he wrote.

"I didn't know anything about North Korea".

North Korea has faced years of economic sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs since it conducted its first nuclear test in 2006.

He added: "North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearise and we are eager to see if those words prove honest". After a one-on-one meeting and a working lunch, Trump showed Kim the inside of his presidential vehicle.

At the start of the summit, the two leaders who once threatened each other with nuclear annihilation shook hands on a red carpet in front of the island resort hotel chosen for the meeting.

The young Kim is reviled as an worldwide pariah over the 2017 murder in Malaysia of his half-brother, and the execution of hundreds of officials, including his uncle, for suspected disloyalty.

"Bad idea", tweeted Paul Haenle, a former China director at the White House National Security Council in the Obama and George W. Bush administrations.

"'Things like, if they could move the ships back from South Korea, I would do what I have to do to listen".

Kim's sister gained notoriety during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February, where she met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

It would justify his supporters' faith in his art of deal-making and allow him to repudiate the naysayers with a foreign-policy success he will be able to hail.