12 June 2018Hot off the Press
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have shaken hands and posed for photographs, making history as the first meeting between a sitting US President and a North Korean leader.
The two leaders appeared cordial as they exchanged pleasantries and expressed a willingness to make meaningful progress in the bettering of ties between the US and North Korea.
Before heading into the first meeting, President Trump and Chairman Kim briefly spoke to the media.
Mr Trump said, “I feel really great. We will have a great discussion and I think we will be tremendously successful.”
Mr Kim replied, “The past and the old prejudices and practices work as obstacles to our way forward but we overcame all of them and we are here today.”
The US’ primary goal going into the talks is the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, but there is some concern over whether that is realistic and if it is, what the US might have to give in return.
— ABC News (@abcnews) June 12, 2018
Kim Yong-chol: Vice Chair of the Workers Party
Choe Son Hui: North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister
Ri Yong Ho: North Korean Foreign Minister
Mike Pompeo: Secretary of State
John Bolton: National Security Advisor
Sung Kim: US Ambassador to the Philippines