Trump meets Kim Jong Un in Singapore
Dylan Stableford Senior Editor, Yahoo News•June 12, 2018
After months of saber-rattling that gave way to flirtation, President Trump finally met face-to-face with Kim Jong Un at a hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore on Tuesday morning.
Shortly after 9 a.m. local time, Trump, wearing a dark suit and red tie, and Kim, in a black suit, walked along a white colonnade, meeting in front of a bank of 12 alternating U.S. and North Korean flags where they shook hands. The handshake lasted about 12 seconds.
According to the Shanghai Media Group, the 35-year-old Kim arrived at the summit venue seven minutes earlier than Trump, 71, to show respect to his elder.
After their initial greeting, Trump and Kim walked inside, sat down and spoke briefly to reporters.
Trump, who had insisted he would know “within the first minute” if Kim was serious about denuclearization, said he “felt really great” and that it was his “honor” to meet with the North Korean dictator.
“We’re going to have a great discussion,” Trump said. “A tremendous success. We will have a great relationship.”
“It was not easy to get here,” Kim said. “There were obstacles, but we overcame them to be here.”
Kim likened the meeting to something “from a science fiction movie,” according to a translation of his remarks.
The pair then retreated to a private room where they met one-on-one, with interpreters, for about 35 minutes before an expanded bilateral meeting with both U.S. and North Korean advisers.
The president was flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton. Kim was joined by vice chairman Kim Yong Chol and foreign ministers Ri Yong Ho and Ri Su Yong. Trump and Kim sat across from each other near the center of a long table.
At the top of the expanded meeting, Trump said he and Kim will solve the problems presented by a nuclear North Korea.
“Working together, we will get it taken care of,” Trump said.
“We overcame all kinds of skepticism and speculations about this summit,” Kim added, “and I believe that this is good for the peace.”
Trump arrived at the hotel after issuing a flurry of tweets dismissing skeptics of the meeting between U.S. leaders and the rogue nuclear nation as “haters & losers.”
He also revealed that his economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, who was not part of the U.S. delegation in Singapore, had suffered a heart attack was being treated at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland.
“Larry is currently in good condition,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said. “And his doctors expect he will make a full and speedy recovery.”
L2 hours ago
Trust but verify!
Ken heather2 hours ago
Hoping for the best!
Kristina2 hours ago
Historical meeting. Hope it goes well. Pray for peace.
Edward2 hours ago
Very good! A step in the right direction.
5 danielh2 hours ago
Larry2 hours ago
let's all hope for a unified Korean peninsula.
Brian2 hours ago
This is very good. Regardless of political party, everyone needs to want this to keep going well.
Game Changer2 hours ago
Wow... honestly didn’t think this would happen. Here’s to hoping for the best!
Mathew2 hours ago
LETS PRAY FOR PEACE!
10 Catman2 hours ago
PF2 hours ago
This is the correct way to have world peace, with an open dialog.
Mathew2 hours ago
Regardless of political party, this is a major step towards peace!
Michael2 hours ago
Let's give it a chance!
Jared2 hours ago
Please, let this go well. For the sake of the world.
15 Mathew2 hours ago
Everyone should be happy about this meeting!
Anonymous1 hour ago
Great News! Hoping For The Best!
Kevin2 hours ago
HVC Yam2 hours ago
The longest journey starts with one step.
Madhungarian2 hours ago
I wonder what the headlines in NK will say on the picture?
20 Man With A Plan2 hours ago
Anytime leaders meet in the hope of peace is a good thing.
PeteS2 hours ago
I hope for the best. For everyone.
Mathew2 hours ago
Amazing to see history in the making, let’s hope we can make some progress!
Mark2 hours ago
this is good
Kathy1 hour ago
while not a trump fan - much respect is due if this was indeed successful. much needed and long overdue. congrats. mr. president.
ACCIDENT2 hours ago
Great meeting !!
LawrenceL2 hours ago
Landmark moment. Make this happen. Peace and prosperity for the entire Pacific.
Hammer2 hours ago
Remember to vote in November
richard2 hours ago
Negotiations, always good to see countries negotiating
Kelly2 hours ago
I hope this is successful. All politics aside, this would be a great advance toward peace in the world