With a handshake and a smile, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un defied decades of heated, fear-mongering rhetoric between the nations that have technically been at war for nearly 70 years.
The two leaders met in Singapore Monday night at approximately 9PM EST, each greeting the other warmly before Trump and Kim were set to hold a 45-minute long private conversation in a Singapore resort.
“In the first meeting of a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, Trump and Kim converged at a luxury resort on Singapore’s Sentosa Island, clasping hands as they stood on a red carpet in front of a backdrop of alternating U.S. and North Korean flags. Trump was first to arrive at the summit site, followed by Kim, both readying for the 9 a.m. meeting that culminated dizzying weeks of negotiations over logistics and policy,” writes the Associated Press.
“We are hopeful this summit will have set the conditions for future successful talks,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ahead of the historic summit.
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POMPEO: North Korean Negotiations Moving Along ‘RAPIDLY’ in Singapore
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed the high-stakes discussions between US and North Korean officials was moving ahead “rapidly” in Singapore this week, saying the talks will come to their “logical conclusion” more “quickly than anticipated.”
Pompeo was speaking with reporters Monday evening local time when he weighed-in on the current state of negotiations between high-level officials from both governments.
“Our ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim met today with [North Korean] Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui,” said the Secretary of State. “They are moving quite rapidly and we anticipate they will come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we anticipated.”
“North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearize, and we are eager to see if its words prove sincere,” he added. “The ultimate objective we seek from diplomacy with North Korea has not changed.”
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THE SUMMIT: Trump and Kim IN SINGAPORE, to Meet Within Hours
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un touched down in Singapore with their respective teams over the weekend; setting the stage for the first meeting between the two nations’ leaders in history.
Kim Jong Un arrived in the city-state via a Chinese chartered aircraft that included two “dummy” planes acting as a potential decoy for attacks, with Trump landing in Singapore aboard Air Force One.
“Kim who is known as a reasonable leader may have accepted his advisers’ recommendations to prioritize safety in aviation,” said a professor at Seoul’s University of North Korean Studies.
“In addition, the charter of a Chinese airplane may have an effect of publicizing China’s active support and cooperation to the North Korean people ahead of summit talks with the U.S,” added the expert.
Trump and Kim’s arrival in Singapore clears the final hurdles after months of back-and-forth negotiations, with the leaders expected to meet at 9am local time.
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