Trump Kim summit: Handshake moment explained in pictures

Trump Kim summit: Handshake moment explained in pictures

"We're going to have a great discussion, I think, a tremendous success, this will be tremendously successful".

President Trump and Kim Jong Un arrive in Singapore for historic United States-North Korea summit; Senator Lindsey Graham shares his perspective on 'Sunday Morning Futures'.

Mr. Trump threatened to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea past year, and a North Korean official warned of a "nuclear-to-nuclear showdown" just a few weeks ago.

But it's not a failure: Mount added that this doesn't mean the Trump-Kim meeting was a failure by any means.

Asked if he would meet Kim in Singapore, he said he thought the North Korean leader had "bigger things to worry about", but added that every time he'd met with Kim, it had been a surprise.

Korean-Americans make a toast at a party to watch the Trump-Kim Singapore summit in Koreatown, Los Angeles.

For each leader, the meeting represents a major gamble, and its outcome will be dissected around the globe for a sense of whether one of the world's greatest security threats - Kim's nuclear arsenal - can be solved.

From there, the two will engage in more talks with advisers joining them through a working lunch.

"Well, it was not easy to get here", Kim said through an interpreter, before noting the two were able to overcome "obstacles" to start the summit.

North Korea, however, has shown little appetite for surrendering nuclear weapons it considers vital to the survival of Kim's dynastic rule.

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Trump and Kim will first sit down for a one-on-one meeting accompanied only by personal translators.

He flew into Singapore late Monday to be present for the historic first summit between the two leaders. As I recently wrote, while certain sanctions on North Korea are discretionary, a key 2016 law specifically obligates the president to sanction people and entities complicit in human rights abuses in North Korea - not just those involved in weapons proliferation - and the Trump administration legally can't suspend sanctions more broadly unless North Korea implements key human rights reforms.

Trump made the comments as he and Kim walked together along balcony as they headed to a larger meeting with aides.

North Korea has nominally committed to the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula, but it has traditionally used that term to also demand that the USA remove its assets, including troops, from the region.

In the run-up to the talks, Trump had hopefully predicted the two men might strike a nuclear deal or forge a formal end to the Korean War in the course of a single meeting or over several days.

The U.S. came to the summit seeking an agreement for the "complete and verifiable" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, while the North was hoping to secure relief from crippling economic sanctions - what the U.S. refers to as "maximum pressure".

It's so far unclear whether the US and North Korea will release some kind of joint statement or agreement following the sit-down.

"This is going to lead to more and more and more", Trump said.

But in return, Washington would offer "different and unique" guarantees "to provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearisation is not something that ends badly for them".

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