Japan's Abe: 'Great meaning' that North Korea's Kim promised complete denuclearization

Trump Kim launch historic Singapore summit with a handshake

Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump signed a "comprehensive" agreement in Singapore on Tuesday afternoon.

"Many people will think of this as a scene from a fantasy. science fiction movie", said North Korean president Kim Jong-un on Tuesday of his meeting with US leader Donald Trump in Singapore. "And if we're not willing to do that, we're not going to get a good deal", Graham said, complementing the worldwide community - including China and Russian Federation - for standing behind Trump in regards to sanctions on North Korea. "I told everybody that "the door will open", he recalled.

"Today we had a very historic meeting, overcoming our past history and embarking on a new beginning. We're going now for a signing". But the devil remains in the details, and everybody is mum so far on what those details are, exactly.

Mr Lee, it said, complimented "the bold and admirable decision" by Mr Kim and Mr Trump to come together for the summit.

When first asked by a reporter if the United States would reduce its military capabilities on the Korean peninsula, Trump said, "We have right now 32,000 soldiers in South Korea".

Trump said Tuesday at the beginning of expanded discussions with aides from both countries that "We will solve a big problem" and "a big dilemma". "We will be tremendously successful". We're going to take care of a very big and unsafe problem for the rest of the world.

"The past. and the old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward".

In their first moments of meeting each other, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un both sought to project a sense of command as they began a historic summit in Singapore, according to a body language expert.

"For me, as an analyst, it's that all we will have to rely on is the word of Trump and/or Kim", Killough said.

At the Shangri La defence dialogue in Singapore earlier this month, South Korea's defence minister Song Young-moo said that the American military's activities in South Korea was "a separate issue from North Korea's nuclear issue".

And with U.S. and North Korean officials reportedly struggling to close the gap between the two countries in pre-negotiations on Monday, giving up access to a full record of Kim's comments on Tuesday could hinder further talks. "Ok sometimes that doesn't work out, but sometimes it does", Trump said.

The summit took place at the British colonial style Capella Hotel in Sentosa Island, a tourist paradise.

The two leaders shook hands and posed for photographs, before moving inside the hotel to talk to reporters. Kim is likely to leave this afternoon while Trump will depart tonight.