With a handshake, Trump and Kim begin historic summit

Cuba’s Raul Castro shakes hands with then US president Barack Obama during a meeting in Revolution Palace in March 2016

Cuba’s Raul Castro shakes hands with then US president Barack Obama during a meeting in Revolution Palace in March 2016

A joint document signed by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seen in the hands of Mr. Trump immediately after the two men signed it following a summit on Sentosa Island, Singapore, June 12, 2018.

In September past year Trump took to Twitter amid an ongoing spat with North Korean policy makers, calling Kim Jong Un a "madman".

The report said North Korea "operates an all-encompassing indoctrination machine that takes root from childhood to propagate an official personality cult and to manufacture absolute obedience" to Mr Kim.

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 US president and a North Korean leader.

Weeks later, more insults followed.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shared a historic handshake as they meet for the first time.

USA and North Korea commit to recovering remains of prisoners of war, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

He said this was again a "subtle gesture" from Trump to gain sympathy, with gentle touches to the North Korean's shoulder and back.

Trump's retort included mention of his own "nuclear button" - one that doesn't actually exist.

Kim was heard telling Trump through an interpreter: "I think the entire world is watching this moment".

Several hours later, camera crews captured Kim and his entourage entering another luxury hotel on the island: the Marina Bay Sands - a 55-floor hotel and entertainment mecca with an infinity pool, lookout point, and the Ce La Vi bar and restaurant on the rooftop. "I don't say he was nice".

Trump did most of the talking, and the North Korean leader appeared to listen attentively, turning to him three times during their walk toward their meeting room.

Predicting a tremendous success of the summit, Trump said it was "an honor" to meet with Kim face-to-face and that he would have "a terrific relationship" with the DPRK leader.

"The Reality TV-Star Trump just pulled off the photo-op of a lifetime", said Beatrice Fihn, executive director of Nobel Peace Prize 2017 victor International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. In a rambling interview, he claimed credit for the summit taking place and described how he had received death threats when he first met Kim.

Pompeo declined to comment on a question about the approximately 28,500 USA servicemembers based in South Korea.

A complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization "is the only outcome that the United States will accept", Pompeo told reporters on Monday evening in Singapore.

"President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", it reads.

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