By Charlotte Lee
Singapore, June 12 ─ President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shook hands for the first time to kick off the historic summit this morning in Singapore.
Trump’s motorcade arrived to the location first, and awaited the North Korean leader at the Capella Hotel.
Trump and Kim, both unattended, walked towards each other and made contact in front of a display of American and North Korean flags. President Trump raised his hand first for the handshake, as Kim followed. While the two exchanged a few words, Trump patted Kim on the arm. After an exchange that lasted twelve seconds, Trump motioned towards the reporters as both turned for photos, unsmiling. Then, Trump puth is hand on Kim’s back and motioned towards the meeting room.
The meeting between the two leaders will be one-on-one, with the exception of their translators, and is scheduled to last 40 minutes.
Trump will likely attempt to convince North Korea to denuclearize in return for economic assistance. The American president expressed optimism that the meeting would be “tremendously successful”, while Kim said that despite many “obstacles”, the meeting still managed to happen.