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Trump-Kim Summit Was ’Very, Very Good’
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US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island for the highly-anticipated historic summit.

Trump-Kim Summit

The first-ever meeting between a US president and a North Korean leader began at 9 a.m. Tuesday local time with a handshake, producing images that were carried live on television across the United States and beyond. 

The two leaders met one-on-one, accompanied by translators, for about an hour.
Commenting on the summit, Trump said that his one-on-one meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was "very, very good" and that the two have an "excellent relationship".

Addressing the media before walking into their one-on-one discussion, Trump said he is confident the talks will be a "tremendous success" and that "we will have a tremendous relationship, I have no doubt".

Kim, for his part, said that "it has not been easy to get here" and that "the old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles, but we have overcome them and we are here today."

"Many people in the world will think of this as a form of fantasy from a science fiction movie," the North Korean leader said, according to pool reporters.

Earlier, the White House said Trump will leave Singapore on Tuesday night, adding that nuclear talks with North Korea are moving "more quickly than expected."

Trump was scheduled to return to the United States on Wednesday, but will now leave immediately after meeting with North Korean leader Kim on Tuesday, the White House said in a statement.

"The discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected," the statement said.

Trump will depart at 8 p.m. Singapore time, which is 8 a.m. in Washington, D.C. according to the statement. This is despite the fact that last week Trump said the summit could last "two [or] three" days "depending on what happens" in the meetings.

He reportedly moved up his departure time from Singapore after Kim set the deadline for their historic summit. Bloomberg News reported on Monday that Kim will leave Singapore at 4 p.m. Tuesday local time after his meeting with Trump. 

Shortly after, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee sanders announced on her Twitter account that North Korean and American delegations had started talks as well.

Meanwhile, about three hours before the summit, Trump blasted the "haters & losers" who have expressed skepticism about its success.

"The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the US, say the haters & losers. We have our hostages, testing, research and all missle [sic] launches have stoped [sic], and these pundits, who have called me wrong from the beginning, have nothing else they can say! We will be fine!" Trump tweeted.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

12-06-2018 | 08:24


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