Trump talks to Kim, then Hannity

Trump talks to Kim, then Hannity

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meet for an unprecedented summit aimed at defusing tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The meeting was the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

The document he and Kim signed said the North Korean leader "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

What the White House initially portrayed as a summit meant to completely rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons is now being cast as a chance to "start a dialogue".

However, he noted that a single summit would not be sufficient for a successful denuclearisation. The two are staying about a half-mile from each other.

He continued: "But in the end, that doesn't matter".

"We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!" he wrote. But even with these concerns and risks, Kim saw it fit to enter his bullet-proof stretch Mercedes - ported over from North Korea - and tour Singapore, Asia's lion city, by night.

For decades, North Korea has been a pariah state, and now its latest hereditary leader is being treated as a world statesman.

Rodman has consistently described him as his "friend", and his descriptions of the North Korean leader are generally sympathetic.

New details of the agenda have been released.

What are the talks about?

The North Koreans have talked about having President Trump to Pyongyang. In Trump's words, "They have to de-nuke". Trump's chief of staff, national security adviser and secretary of state are among those expected to join.

The combatants of the 1950-53 Korean War are technically still at war, as the conflict, in which millions of people died, was concluded only with a truce. Trump appeared to be speaking to Kim throughout the 12 seconds of the handshake but Kim did not reply.

How did we get here?

Getting there won't be easy as long as North Korea remains under the weight of United Nations sanctions. But Trump's off-the-cuff negotiating style - and his growing disregard for many of Washington's closest allies - makes it hard to predict what any such a deal might include. But he thinks that his upbringing in America and his exposure to American media made him skeptical about North Korea and the summit.

The meeting was the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

Talks of this kind typically take months to prepare.

The motorcade of U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at the Capella hotel, the venue of the summit between North Korea and the U.s., on Sentosa island in Singapore.

What do both sides want?

Raising human rights risks playing into North Korean suspicions that the U.S is intent on toppling its hereditary, totalitarian regime by seeking to open its political system, which only reinforces Pyongyang's notion that it needs a nuclear deterrent to ensure its survival. He said that Trump "fully understands" the need to bring home the abductees, adding that Trump "is one of the leaders who understands the issue the most".

The two clasped hands for a long while Tuesday as they posed for photos in front of a row of US and North Korean flags.

USA partners in the region, particularly South Korea and Japan, are concerned that Trump's eagerness to struck a diplomatic win might lead to him to give away too much too early, perhaps undermining U.S. security guarantees to its allies as a way of resassuring Kim of the safety of his regime.

"Working together, we'll get it taken care of", Trump said.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, accompanied by Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

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