After shaking hands for 13 seconds shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Mr. Trump placed a hand on Mr. Kim's shoulder and the two walked toward a meeting room.
Balakrishnan, Singapore's Foreign Minister, made important visits to Washington, Pyongyang and Beijing in recent days to ensure that there would be no last-minute spoilers for the historic meeting hosted by the city-state.
"The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the USA, say the haters & losers".
In the weeks leading up to the meeting, several locations were considered: the Korean Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, the border barrier that separates North and South Korea; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Geneva, Switzerland; and Stockholm, Sweden.
The summit is not expected to last beyond Tuesday, with both leaders set to leave Singapore shortly after concluding their meetings. The talks were seen as a key first step to a formal end of the Korean War, which remains unfinished after a 1953 armistice.
Trump, who is seeking to persuade Kim to abandon his nuclear weapons program, called it "my honor" as he became the first sitting USA president to sit down with a North Korean leader.
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After being driven separately to the resort island of Sentosa, the two leaders shook hands and exchanged a few words on the steps of the Capella Hotel.
"We have worked very hard to provide access to the media at this event and continually expanded coverage throughout the morning", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told POLITICO in an email. We've overcome so many obstacles which blocked our eyes and ears, dragging our feet down due to the past history, prejudices.
During another photo-op before the two leaders began a working lunch, no independent journalists were allowed into the pool.
"T$3 he whole territory of the U.S.is within range of our nuclear strike", Kim said in his speech. "We had a really fantastic meeting. I told everybody that "the door will open", he recalled. Top of the line.
The US has offered North Korea "unique" security guarantees to persuade it to give up its nuclear arsenal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, on the eve of a historic summit in Singapore. The North Korean participants included former military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Yong Ho, and Ri Su Yong, vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party.
In September past year Trump took to Twitter amid an ongoing spat with North Korean policy makers, calling Kim Jong Un a "madman".
He reiterated that the goal of the summit remains the same: "the complete, and verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".
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