Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Following one-on-one talks, Kim says he and Trump made an "excellent start"

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Sammy Stanley | 13 June, 2018, 07:59

After their bilateral meeting at the Capella hotel in Singapore's Sentosa island, Trump and Kim met for a working lunch along with their aides.

Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump gathered here Tuesday for a historic meeting widely expected to open a new chapter in their countries' relations.

Inclusion of interpreters in such high-profile summits is not something new but for a summit between a U.S. president and a North Korean leader, they assume utmost significance because the chances of misinterpretation and misunderstanding are too high.

The video was part of an overall pitch that reaching a deal between the US and North Korea would help North Korea advance technologically and economically - including, Trump suggested, some real estate development. "So we look nice and handsome and thin and ideal?"

The film mixes footage of North and South Korea, using black and white imagery of border guards and barbed wire when referencing the war, and colorful footage of South Korea and other parts of the globe where "the light of prosperity has burned bright".

Dennis Rodman broke down in tears talking about North Korea-US situation
Mr Rodman arrived in Singapore wearing a T-shirt promoting PotCoin , which has sponsored his travel to North Korea in the past. After wiping tears from his eyes, Rodman explained that he is continuing to advocate for peace between the two nations.

"Kim Jong Un has pretty much got everything up front." he said.

Trump responded to such commentary on Twitter, saying: "The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the USA, say the haters & losers".

The two men kicked off their summit with a handshake shortly after 9 a.m. local time Tuesday - 9 p.m. Monday in NY - marking the first face-to-face encounter between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. I think we're going to have a great discussion.

After shaking hands again with Kim in front of the cameras, Trump gave a thumbs-up before starting the first meeting between an incumbent US president and a DPRK leader.

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. And that, of course, leaves aside the fact they thought it prudent to try to out-North-Korea North Korea in the propaganda department. It showcases AP's overall coverage of the event.

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