Singapore, June 12: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday hailed the one-on-one meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and said that he is sure they will have a “terrific relationship” with each other. Terming the 48-minute talks with his North Korea counterpart as “very, very good”, Trump said that he and Kim Jong Un “will solve a big problem, a big dilemma”. Click here to catch live news updates on Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un Summit in Singapore.
United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island on Tuesday morning and began a first-ever summit in history between the sitting leaders of the two countries. The summit began at 9 AM local time (6.30 IST) with a handshake greeting before the cameras.
Trump and Kim then began around 48-minute meeting behind the closed door before having a working meeting with their respective delegations and a lunch. The two met with a handshake which took place in a courtyard of the British colonial-style hotel, amid the US and North Korean flags flanking the red carpet.
As the summit began, Donald Trump predicted that the United States will have a “great, excellent relationship” with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. To which, the North Korean leader said that “we came here after overcoming all the obstacles”.
Sitting at the table with Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un said, “The way to come to here was not easy. The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward but we overcame all of them and we are here today.” Donald Trump said that he and Kim will solve… a big dilemma… by working together, we will get it taken care of.”
After the meeting of two leaders, the White House said that the talks with the North Korean leaders moved “faster than expected” and the President will leave Singapore tonight rather than Wednesday, June 13.
The Singapore summit has come days after US President Donald Trump called off the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un due to the “tremendous anger and open hostility” he found in a North Korean statement. In a letter written to Kim Jong Un, Trump told the North Korean leader that they (North Korea) talk about their “nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”