Rodman Cries on Television After Trump-Kim Handshake

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U.S. President Donald Trump sits next to North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before their bilateral meeting at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

On the eve of the first encounter between a sitting USA president and a leader of North Korea, American officials are maintaining any resulting agreement must lead to an end of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile threats.

Unprecedented talks between the leaders of the United States and North Korea have gone "better than anybody could have expected", Donald Trump said after several hours of meeting and dining with Kim Jong-un.

Both North Korea and the US have nonetheless sought to set expectations high.

The country has diplomatic ties with both North Korea and the US.

"I think that very quickly I'll know that something good is going to happen", Trump said in Canada where we met leaders of other G7 economies.

Joining Trump were Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, National Security Advisor John Bolton, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Deputy Assistant to the President for Asian Affairs Matthew Pottinger. Trump had earlier tweeted about the "excitement in the air!"

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore
Rodman Cries on Television After Trump-Kim Handshake

Ahead of the meeting, Trump had said he would be able to work out within the first minute whether his North Korean counterpart was serious about making peace.

The country is also no stranger to hosting historic summits, having in 2015 been the site of a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping met Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou - the first time leaders from both sides met since Taiwan's separation from the mainland in 1949. "And it's my honour and we will have a terrific relationship".

They are looking to hammer out a deal that may see North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons programme in exchange for security guarantees.

Before the summit meeting, Trump called the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, to brief them on developments.

James Walsh, a senior research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with extensive experience in back-channel negotiations with the Pyongyang government said that the focus on personal chemistry rather than technical details represented a win for the North Korea.

Despite the comments being largely a repeat of previously expressed concerns by Trudeau, they earned a furious rebuke from both the president and his advisors, who quickly pulled the USA away from endorsing a joint statement released by rest of the G-7 allies. Mr. Trump "gets along so well with ruthless, brutal dictators, but you have this acrimonious, hostile relationship with the Canadian Prime Minister?"

Mr Lee is slated to meet separately with each leader at the Istana in the run-up to the summit.

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