Kim, Trump arrive in Singapore for landmark summit

President Donald Trump shakes hands as he meets with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

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Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have become the first sitting USA president and North Korean leader to meet, an unprecedented development after a year of exchanging threats. The imagery was striking and a big win for Kim, who has worked to appear as an equal to the USA president. "We're going now for a signing". "We've developed a very special bond". Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News. "The world will see a major change". Trump previously said he would be able to tell in one minute if Kim was honest about giving up his nuclear weapons.

After a handshake, they were soon smiling and holding each other by the arm, before Trump guided Kim to the library where they held a meeting with only their interpreters.

Trump said that he and Kim would be meeting again, though he offered no timeline for when that might happen. "I also learned that he loves his country very much".

Trump holds up a document signed by him and Kim.

He and Trump are set to meet Tuesday morning in the first summit of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting USA president.

They had appeared cautious and serious when they first arrived for the summit at the Capella hotel on Singapore's Sentosa, a resort island with luxury hotels, a casino, manmade beaches and a Universal Studios theme park. Trump tweeted earlier in the day.

A few minutes later, as he sat with Kim for the meeting, Trump told reporters, "We will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt".

Speaking through his translator, Mr Kim said it was "not easy" to get here. We've overcome so many obstacles which blocked our eyes and ears, dragging our feet down due to the past history, prejudices.

After the meetings, the two teams and other senior officials met for a working lunch, where beef short ribs, sweet and sour pork and "Daegu Jormin", or Korean braised cod, were served for the main course, according to the menu. A lot of progress. Top of the line, very good.

Members of the U.S. delegation, including USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo, right, and John Bolton, national security adviser, left, and North Korean advisers watch a television screen showing the meeting.

United States president Donald Trump has signed three agreements with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un at a summit in Singapore today, but what is in them remains a mystery.

Just meeting with Trump marks a diplomatic accomplishment for Kim, who has emerged from isolation in recent months and rapidly increased his outreach to other world leaders.

By sitting down with an American president - a longtime goal of North Korea's government - Kim's regime is advancing its effort to establish its "reputation, respect, and credibility as a nuclear weapon state", said Michael J. Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Trump planned to speak to reporters after concluding the summit, the White House said.

Trump wants the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

The fighting ended on 27 July, 1953, but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the US -led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting.

Kim has rejected calls to unilaterally give up his weapons in return for economic aid, and instead has proposed a step-by-step denuclearization process. At the same time, Kim acknowledged "old prejudicesand practices" that kept US-North Korea relations frozen for decades. American diplomats also work closely with Singapore on many strategic issues, and it has been a longtime US trading partner and ally.

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