Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

What we learned from the Trump and Kim handshake

What we learned from the Trump and Kim handshake

Trump, speaking in Canada on Saturday, said any agreement at the summit would be "spur of the moment", underscoring the uncertain outcome of what he called a "mission of peace".

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have become the first sitting U.S. president and North Korean leader to meet, an unprecedented development after a year of exchanging threats.

When Business Insider asked Catherine Killough, a former official in the US State Department's Office of Korean Affairs and now a fellow at global security foundation Ploughshares Fund, what she sees as the biggest risk of a one-on-one meeting between Trump and Kim is, Killough focused on the lack of record. While the Air Force One carrying Donald Trump landed in Singapore on Sunday evening, Kim Jong-un reportedly travelled by a Chinese plane, deployed for his personal use, and was received by Singaporean foreign minister. "I also learned that he loves his country very much". The document also made no mention of the global sanctions that have crippled North Korea's economy, for pursuing its nuclear weapons programme.

Trump left his hotel first but arrived about seven minutes after Kim.

The pair shook hands at a luxury hotel in Singapore's Sentosa island after months of diplomatic twists and turns.

The North Korean autocrat's every move will be followed by 3,000 journalists who have converged on Singapore, and by gawkers around the world, up until he shakes hands with Trump on Tuesday.

After greeting each other, the two leaders planned to sit for a one-on-one meeting that a USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said could last up to two hours, with only translators joining them. Really very positive, I think better than anybody could've expected.

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After briefly moving away from the media glare, Mr Kim and Mr Trump reappeared, walking together along a balcony and posing for pictures.

Dessert included dark chocolate tartlet and Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream.

This Memorandum of Conversation will be supplied to the US National Archives and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and could take the form of a transcript or simply be paraphrased notes.

South Koreans watch on a screen reporting on the U.S. President Trump meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the Seoul Railway Station on June 12, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea.

In the past, it has also been an easy destination for the North Korean elite. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro took it even further, saying, "there's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door". Kim was scheduled to leave earlier in the day.

Trump spoke to Moon and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, both key allies of Washington in the region, to discuss developments ahead of the summit. "We will be tremendously successful".

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