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

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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.

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