June 12, 2018 13:09
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un kicked off their historic meeting in Singapore on Tuesday.
After being driven separately to the resort island of Sentosa, the two leaders shook hands and exchanged a few words on the steps of the Capella Hotel.
The handshake was firm but passed without Trump's customary antics as the two portly leaders smiled and looked each other in the eye for about 12 seconds.
Before a one-on-one meeting with only the interpreters present, there was another photo op as the two leaders shook hands across a coffee table and beamed at the assembled press.
Trump said he expects the talks to be a "tremendous success" adding, "We will have a tremendous relationship, I have no doubt."
Kim said, "It has not been easy to get here" and that "the old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles, but we have overcome them and we are here today."
The one-on-one meeting lasted for about 30 minutes and was followed by a bigger group meeting that included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser John Bolton.
The leaders then sat down to an early working lunch at 11:30 a.m. that included what was billed as "traditional" prawn cocktail and Korean soy-braised cod among the usual fine-dining fare.
Trump is set to address the media again before flying out late evening.
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