Meeting with Kim Jong Un was 'very, very good'

A vehicle believed to be carrying North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un travels past in Singapore

A vehicle believed to be carrying North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un travels past in Singapore

Should they succeed in making a diplomatic breakthrough, it could bring lasting change to the security landscape of Northeast Asia, like the visit of former US President Richard Nixon to China in 1972 led to the transformation of China.

Kim was heard telling Trump through a translator: "I think the entire world is watching this moment".

Trump planned to speak to reporters after concluding the summit, the White House said.

"For us the past has been holding us back, and old practices and prejudices have been covering our eyes and ears, but we have been able to overcome everything to arrive here today", Kim said in Korean.

Details were not shared about how the discussions have progressed so far and Trump and Kim have yet to meet face-to-face. NY time - in front of reporters, the president and the North Korean leader secluded themselves on Singapore's Sentosa island for roughly 45 minutes while their entourages waited nearby.

The leaders and delegates then sat down to begin bilateral talks.

He has said he would size up Kim "within the first minute" of their meeting.

His comments echoed those of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who said on Monday talks between the countries were "moving quite rapidly and we anticipate they will come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we had anticipated".

The summit capped a dizzying few days of foreign policy activity for Trump, who shocked US allies over the weekend by using a meeting in Canada of the Group of Seven industrialized economies to alienate America's closest friends in the West. Lashing out over trade practices, Trump lobbed insults at his G-7 host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Other South Korean experts believe Kim's command of English to be significantly stronger, according to UPI, suggesting that he could choose to use English to help smooth communication at the outset of the tense summit with Trump.

"The entire world is watching the historic summit between (North Korea) and the United States of America, and thanks to your honest efforts. we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit", Kim told Lee through an interpreter. Moon Jae-in, South Korea's president, said after the meeting had started: "Perhaps the minds of our people are on Singapore".

Trump also took a familiar jab at the press during the summit: As reporters yelled questions during the photo op, Trump told Kim, "The press, they never stop".

"I, too, could hardly sleep last night", he added.

A hand from the US President on Mr Kim's arm provided some warmth to an exchange being so closely scrutinised around the world.

The summit won't be Trump's first foray into treating an established despot and human rights abuser like or perhaps better than the leader of an allied nation, though it is Twitter's first time treating such an event like a Game of Thrones season finale. Or, it could amount to little more than a much-photographed handshake.

"I think that very quickly I'll know that something good is going to happen", Trump said in Canada where we met leaders of other G7 economies.

The historic session came just days before Trump's 72nd birthday on Thursday.

Kim referred to the decades of hostility that preceded the landmark meeting.

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