6/12/2018 12:44:24 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
President Trump shook hands with Kim Jong-un of North Korea in Singapore on June 12 and hailed the start of a “terrific relationship”.
In a carefully choreographed encounter, the two leaders met just after 9 am. They strode towards each other, arms extended, in the red-carpeted reception area of the grand Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa island — the first time a sitting American president and North Korean leader have ever met.
Posing before a wall of American and North Korean flags, Mr Trump, 71, put his hand on Mr Kim, 34. Then the two, alone except for their interpreters, walked off to meet privately in an attempt to resolve the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear programme.
“I feel really great,” Mr Trump said. “It’s gonna be a great discussion and I think tremendous success. I think it’s gonna be really successful and I think we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.”
Mr Kim said: “It was not easy to get here. The past worked as fetters on our limbs, and the old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward. But we overcame all of them, and we are here today.”
Later, as the two leaders met again with top aides, Mr Trump said about the proposed denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, “Working together, we will get it taken care of.”
Mr Kim responded, “There will be challenges ahead, but we will work with Trump.”
Mr Trump was joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton, and John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff, for the expanded talks, while Mr Kim’s team included former military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol, foreign minister Ri Yong Ho and Ri Su Yong, vice-chairman of the ruling Workers’ Party.
As the two leaders met, Singapore navy vessels, and air force Apache helicopters patrolled, while fighter jets and a Gulfstream 550 early warning aircraft circled.
Before the two leaders met, American and North Korean diplomats were negotiating to reach an agreement on the terms and timing under which the North would surrender its nuclear arsenal.
A joint communique is expected to be issued by the two leaders at the end of their meeting. At least 2,500 journalists from around the world are in Singapore to chronicle the event. Even if successful, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo predicted, the summit would only inaugurate a lengthy, complicated and risky process.
Both sides are now considering a formal end to the Korean War fought in 1950 -1953 which by some estimates killed five million people.
Mr Trump is to depart for Washington on the evening of June 12, earlier than originally expected, with brief stopovers in Guam and Hawaii.
The White House attributed the schedule change to how quickly it anticipated the diplomacy to wrap up.
Before the meeting, Mr Trump stayed largely out of sight in the Shangri-La Hotel.
Mr Kim ventured out of the equally fortified St Regis hotel on the evening of June 11. He visited the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and took selfies with Singaporean officials.
Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said the Singapore government was paying for the accommodation of the North Korean delegation.
Some foreign policy experts said the breakdown at the Group of 7 meeting in Canada on June 8 and 9 might play to North Korea’s advantage, since Mr Trump would not want a second failed summit. Some analysts said Mr Kim was as determined as Mr Trump to make their meeting a success.