CANADA & WORLD A handshake marks historic U.s.-north Korea moment
First-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader takes place in Singapore
SINGAPORE—U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un kicked off a momentous summit Tuesday, with Trump declaring the two would have a “great discussion” and Kim saying they had overcome “obstacles” to get to this point.
Before a row of alternating U.S. and North Korean flags, the leaders shook hands warmly at a Singapore island resort, creating an indelible image of two unorthodox leaders as they opened a conversation that could determine historic peace or raise the spectre of a growing nuclear threat.
Trump and Kim planned to meet one on one for most of an hour — joined only by interpreters. Then aides to each were to join for more discussions and a working lunch. But even before they met, Trump announced plans to leave early, raising questions about whether his aspirations for an ambitious outcome had been scaled back.
The first meeting of a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader was the product of dizzying weeks of negotiations over logistics and policy. THESTAR.COM/WORLD
Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump have become the first sitting North Korean and U.S. leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a nuclear stand-off on Tuesday.