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Singapore Summit: Trump, Kim shake hands

Last Modified Tuesday, 12 June 2018 (12:32 IST)
Singapore: Unimaginable just a few months ago, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shook hands at the historic summit in Singapore on Tuesday. The leaders met and shook hands at a luxury hotel in Singapore's island after months of diplomatic twists and turns.

The two men walked towards each other and firmly gripped each other's hands in front of US and North Korean flags. They are now set to discuss defusing tensions and nuclear disarmament, a BBC report said. In brief initial comments in front of the press, the US president predicted a "terrific relationship" with Mr Kim. "I feel really great. We're going to have a great discussion and will be tremendously successful," the US president said. Sitting alongside each other, the leaders appeared relaxed, against the odds.

The convivial display marks a dramatic breakthrough in relations between the pair, who less than a year ago, exchanged fiery insults and threats of war. "It was not easy to get here....There were obstacles but we overcame them to be here," Mr Kim said. The leaders have finished a one-to-one meeting, with translators, which ran for between 40 and 50 minutes. They were then joined by advisors for a working lunch. The talks- unimaginable just a few months ago - will focus on North Korea's controversial nuclear programme. (UNI)

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