Trump and Kim complete extended format talks - UPDATED-1
The meeting took place for about an hour and a half.
Leaders of both nations will now take part in the working lunch together with members of delegations. A traditional shrimp cocktail with avocado will be offered as a starter, followed by beef short ribs, sweet and sour pork and braised cod as the main course, in line with the menu. Ice cream and two other sweet courses will be provided for dessert.
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended a 41-minute one-on-one meeting on Tuesday and entered wider talks attended by their top leaders in Singapore, APA reports quoting Reuters.
“Working together we will get it taken care of,” Trump told Kim at the start of the wider meeting. “We will solve it.”
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shook hands and smiled as they started a historic summit on Tuesday, just months after they traded insults and threats of nuclear war, APA reports quoting Reuters.
For both men, the summit, the first between leaders of North Korea and the United States, is likely to be a defining moment of their careers.
The meeting would have been unthinkable last year when tensions spiraled in the region over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs as it raced toward the goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States.
Trump vowed to prevent that happening and threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen”. He mocked Kim as “little rocket man” on a suicide mission.
Kim denounced the U.S. president as the “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” who would be “tamed ... with fire”.
But once North Korea conducted an underground test of a thermonuclear bomb last September, Trump began taking Kim more seriously.
Trump can look back to President Richard Nixon’s 1972 trip to China, when the ardent anti-communist defied conventional wisdom to meet Chairman Mao Zedong, irrevocably shifting the Cold War balance and setting China on a path to opening up.
Trump and his senior officials have in recent weeks been referring to Kim as “Chairman”.
For Trump, cutting a deal to end the North Korean nuclear threat with his approach to Kim, in defiance of the U.S. security establishment’s long-held ways of dealing with the North, would be a success unmatched by any predecessors.
North Korea has faced years of economic sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs since it conducted its first nuclear test in 2006.
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