US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday held historic talks in Singapore's Sentosa Island after months of twists and turns.
The unprecedented summit between Trump and Kim, which was aimed at complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, was first between a sitting US President and a North Korean leader.
After a year of exchanging rhetoric and war threats, Trump and Kim shook hands at a luxury hotel in Singapore's Sentosa Island, a popular tourist spot. The US President expressed hope that the historic summit would be “tremendously successful.”
Sitting next to the North Korean leader, Trump said, “We will have a terrific relationship ahead. (I) Feel really great, we’re gonna have a great discussion and a terrific relationship, I have no doubt,” he added.
The North Korean dictator Kim sitting beside Trump acknowledged that there were many “obstacles” to the summit but they could overcome all.
"We overcame all kinds of skepticism and speculations about this summit & I believe that this is good for the peace," Kim told reporters through a translator.
As it happened
#02:40 PM: The United States will stop holding military exercises on the Korean peninsula, after today's meeting: Trump
#02:30 PM: I think this meeting was good for the United States as it was for North Korea. Only a person who hates Donald Trump would say that I have agreed to make a big commitment. Yes, it was a big commitment to meet Kim. But, it was good for us: US President Donald Trump
The sanctions will come off when we are sure that nuclear missiles are no longer a factor. I am looking forward to take them off: US President Donald Trump in Singapore. #SingaporeSummit pic.twitter.com/9vZ4qaprSJ— ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2018
#02:15 PM: Kim Jong Un has the chance to seize a better future for his country. Anyone can make war but only the most courageous can make peace: Trump
#02:10 PM: I will be inviting Kim Jong Un at the appropriate time & he has accepted: US President Donald Trump
#02:05 PM: Kim told me that we have never gone so far. He said that he never had the confidence in any of the previous Presidents in getting things done. He wanted to do this, even more than me: Trump
#02:02 PM: We signed a very comprehensive document today and I think when he (Kim Jong Un) lands in North Korea he will start the process soon: Trump
#02:00 PM: It is a great day & one of the greatest moments in the history of the world: US President Donald Trump
#01:55 PM: We are prepared for the new history. We are ready to write new chapters. The past does not have to define future: US President Donald Trump after meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
#11:55 AM: Kim declares "world will see a major change" and he and Trump "decided to leave the past behind" as they sign document commits the US to 'security guarantees'.
#11:25 AM: 'We'll meet again & we'll met many times', says US President Donald Trump, when asked if he & North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet again in the future.
'We'll meet again & we'll met many times', says US President Donald Trump, when asked if he & North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet again in the future. #SingaporeSummit pic.twitter.com/CLEewpmyIr— ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2018
#10:30 AM: Trump describes his first-ever meeting with Kim as 'really fantastic': US President Donald Trump today described his first-ever historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as "really fantastic" and said they have agreed to "sign" an unspecified document after their "very positive" summit, aimed at normalising ties and complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
#10:10 AM: BREAKING: US President Donald Trump expects 'signing' with Kim Jong Un after Singapore Summit reports Reuters.
#09:45 AM: Better than anyone would have ever expected: US President Donald Trump after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
#09:30 AM: I think the entire world is watching this moment. Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fantasy, science-fiction movie: Kim Jong Un, North Korean Leader
#08:10 AM: Watch: Trump and Kim during the historic summit.
#08:05 AM: Donald Trump holds delegation-level talks with Kim Jong Un. This is the second meeting between the two leaders after the near 48-minute one-on-one meet.
#07:58 AM: Trump says one-on-one meeting with Kim Jong Un was ‘very, very good,’ says they have an ‘excellent relationship’ and will solve a problem, a big problem, a big dilemma’.
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk together along balcony after one-on-one meeting. pic.twitter.com/X50iX7VUWu— ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2018
#07:20 AM: Closed door meeting for peace begins: The historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un behind the closed doors started.
#07:12 AM: VIDEO: Watch the historic handshake between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
VIDEO: Watch the historic handshake between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, and see AP's latest coverage of the summit here: https://t.co/YHO5cCtD2D pic.twitter.com/RRbQBVofEc— The Associated Press (@AP) June 12, 2018
#06:50 AM: To be here, we overcame many obstacles: Kim Jong Un says “we came here after overcoming” all the obstacles. “The way to come to here was not easy,” Kim says, sitting at a table with Trump. “The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward but we overcame all of them and we are here today.”
#06:42 AM: And Trump's reply to Kim: “we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt,” the US president said when he met Kim.
“I feel really great. 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,” says Trump when asked how he felt in the first minute.
#06:40 AM: The world hears the voice of Kim Jong-un: “Nice to meet you Mr President,” says Kim Jong Un as he shakes hand with Trump.
#06:35 AM: And the wait is finally over: Trump and Kim shake hands as the historic summit begins. They become the first sitting leaders of their respective countries to meet each other.
#06:30 AM: The world is waiting for the handshake of peace: Trump and Kim are expected to share a handshake before they meet alone with their interpreters. The meeting may last as long as 45 minutes to an hour.
#06:15 AM: Here comes the North Korean dictator: Kim Jong Un has just arrived at summit venue. Kim is sitting inside his black armored limousine, surrounded by police vehicles and other black cars.
Singapore: Kim Jong Un's convoy arrives on Sentosa island where the North Korean leader will hold a summit with US President Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/mrVZ61d2lg— ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2018
#06:10 AM: Trump has arrived at the venue of the summit: US President Donald Trump at Sentosa island where he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a summit
Singapore: US President Donald Trump at Sentosa island where he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a summit pic.twitter.com/x4hmjECZMK— ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2018
#06:00 AM: Hello and welcome to the News Nation special LIVE coverage of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un Summit in Singapore. After a year of exchanging rhetorics and war threats, the leaders of the United States and Noth Korea will hold a historic summit here at Sentosa Island. Stay with us for all the live updates as we keep a close eye on the summit.