U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. But he also patted the US president' arm, in an attempt to show control over the encounter.
President Trump will be staying at the Shangri La Hotel and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un will reside at the St. Regis Hotel. Among the key points in the document was North Korea's commitment to "work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".
Shortly after arriving in Singapore in the afternoon, Mr Kim, who is Chairman of the State Affairs Commission in North Korea, the nation's highest decision-making body, met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for the first time.
The two men spoke privately before a backdrop of red, white and blue flags, North Korea's single star interspersed with the stars and stripes of the American banner.
He expressed hope that Mr Trump and Mr Kim would be able to make progress.
We don't know what they'll talk about and we don't know what will come of today.
Should they succeed, it could bring lasting change to the security landscape of Northeast Asia, like the visit of former U.S. President Richard Nixon to China in 1972 led to the transformation of China.
Mr Lee said in response: "Thank you for coming to Singapore".
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Singapore will spend about 20 million dollars to host the historic summit between Trump and Kim, Prime Minister Loong revealed. The summit has fueled hopes in South Korea that the two leaders may weigh a formal declaration to end the Korean War.
Last week, Trump told reporters that it would be easy to tell if a deal was possible with Kim in the first minute of the meeting.
Trump has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty.
A White House statement said Trump will hold a one-on-one meeting with Kim Tuesday morning, with only translators present, followed by a working lunch and an expanded bilateral meeting that will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Advisor John Bolton.
"For long-time Korea-watchers, seeing the first-ever handshake and meeting between a sitting US president and North Korean leader is already momentous".
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The talks - unimaginable just a few months ago - will focus on North Korea's controversial nuclear programme. Asked Saturday about his goals, he said: "Well, I think the minimum would be relationship". Mr. Trump "gets along so well with ruthless, brutal dictators, but you have this acrimonious, hostile relationship with the Canadian Prime Minister?" Libya's Moammar Gadhafi gave up his nuclear weapons program, only to fall from power.
"Whenever they're shaking hands, you can see the whites of their fingertips - these two guys are alpha males", Leong said.
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