US president Donald J. Trump is currently having a historic meeting with North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
They are meeting in Capella resort, an isolated hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore.
Starting with a historic handshake, as the two leaders met for the first time at 9am Singaporean time.
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made history on Tuesday as they began their unprecedented summit aimed at staving off the threat of nuclear war.
The two leaders walked toward each other and shook hands in front of a row of American and North Korean flags after entering the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island.
They smiled for the cameras, then sat down to make brief remarks before going into a private meeting, with only translators expected to be present.
Trump, who is seeking to persuade Kim to abandon his nuclear weapons program, called it an “honor” as he became the first sitting U.S. president to sit down with a North Korean leader.
“I feel really great,” he said. “We’re going to have a great discussion and a terrific relationship.”
Kim referred to the decades of hostility that preceded the landmark meeting.
“It was not easy to get here,” he said. “There were obstacles, but we overcame them to be here.”
The meeting is supposed to last for 45 mins. The two leaders will kick things off by meeting with only their translators present, a U.S. official said.
Trump and Kim and their translators will meet first in a session first, before they allow their respective advisers to join them.
The leaders were to be joined later by their respective advisers before holding a working lunch.
Trump is hoping to make a legacy-defining deal that some say could earn him a Nobel Peace Prize. He has said he would size up Kim “within the first minute” of their meeting.
The White House declared Monday that the talks “have moved more quickly than expected” and said Trump planned to depart later Tuesday, earlier than had been planned.
Update: The initial meeting with the two leaders and their translators is over. They both came out together, with Kim Jong Un smiling from ear to ear.
They both waved to journalists, then moved to a different room for an expanded bilateral meeting with their respective advisers.
President Trump’s advisers at the meeting are his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, his Chief of Staff, John Kelly and Ambassador John Bolton, his National Security adviser.