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Trump describes his first-ever meeting with Kim as 'really fantastic'

Donald Trump, King Jong Un

Singapore : US President Donald Trump today described his first-ever historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as "really fantastic" and said they have agreed to "sign" an unspecified document after their "very positive" summit, aimed at normalising ties and complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. Trump and Kim met and shook hands at Capella Singapore hotel in Singapore's Sentosa Island after months of diplomatic twists and turns. The two leaders had a one-on-one meeting, with translators only, followed by an expanded meeting including their top aides and a working lunch. "A lot of progress. Really, very positive, I think better than anybody could have expected, top of the line, really good," Trump said after the lunch.

"We're going right now for a signing," Trump said. It was not clear what the two leaders would sign but Trump said the public will find out soon. Earlier, the summit began with the two leaders meeting at the luxurious hotel. They walked towards each other, stood face to face for the first time and shared a 12-second handshake against a backdrop of American and North Korean flags. They then appeared to share a few light-hearted words as they walked down a corridor to the hotel's library. Trump and Kim are the first leaders of their respective countries to meet, marking the culmination of months of diplomatic wrangling and negotiations.

In brief remarks to the media before the start of their meeting, Trump hoped that the historic summit would be "tremendously successful." Sitting next to the North Korean leader, the US President said, "We will have a terrific relationship ahead." "I feel really great. It's gonna be a great discussion and I think tremendous success. I think it's gonna be really successful and I think we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt," Trump responded when asked how he felt in the first minute. Kim then said there were a number of "obstacles" to the meeting taking place in Singapore today. "We overcame all of them and we are here today," he told reporters through a translator. Trump then said "Thank you very much". PTI

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