Singapore, Jun 12: US President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in an unprecedented summit at Changi in Singapore. The two world leaders were engaged in a one-on-one meeting for about 40 minutes only with their translators at their sides, before bilateral talks. This was the first time a US President will meet any Pyongyang leader.
Ahead of the meeting, scheduled at 9 am, Donald Trump said the meeting could “work out nicely”, with the White House declaring that nuclear talks with North Korea have moved “more quickly than expected”. The summit, which was almost scrapped by a mercurial Trump last month, comes after a flurry of diplomatic activities and barrage of invective and insults traded between the US President and an equally aggressive Kim.
The summit began with a handshake between Trump and Kim. Trump will leave Singapore this evening. In Singapore, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that the US is aiming for a comprehensive, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization on the Korean peninsula. Some experts have described the upcoming meeting as “symbolic”. The North has vowed to completely denuclearize the Korean peninsula and already razed its nuclear site.
While the US seeks to exact complete denuclearization from North Korea, Kim fears giving up all nukes may invite invasion by the US. Both North Korea and the US are decades old arch-enemies. It all began in 1950 when the North invaded South Korea, an event which was followed by three-year war.