U.S. President Donald Trump signed what he called a "very comprehensive" document with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, capping a highly anticipated summit in Singapore aimed at overcoming decades of hostility and mistrust. The North Korean leader's sister and close confidante Kim Yo Jong was among the lunch party. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
It was the first time a sitting USA president met a North Korean leader.
Weeks later, more insults followed.
On Tuesday, while all other worldwide networks went live with Kim and Trump's first handshake and opening remarks at their meeting, the official Korean Central Television remained blank, choosing not to break with its usual broadcast schedule that usually begins five hours later.
Trump's retort included mention of his own "nuclear button" - one that doesn't actually exist.
Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan was on hand to receive Mr Trump, just as he had earlier in the day welcomed Mr Kim at Changi Airport.
Professor Hajek added Trump showed his experience in front of the TV cameras during the initial meeting.
Asked to describe Kim, Rodman said the autocratic leader was "like a big kid" who wants to have a good time, but is "trying to protect his people" and his honor.
Trump and Kim will meet at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island at 9 a.m. Tuesday (9 p.m. Monday ET).
The White House declared Monday that the talks "have moved more quickly than expected" and said Trump planned to depart later Tuesday, earlier than had been expected.
North Korea has previously said it was willing to discuss denuclearization, but experts have expressed concern over the varying definitions of the term held by Washington and Pyongyang.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that military force should be the "last resort" to ending the nuclear threat in North Korea, if diplomatic measures fail to make progress. Kim also wanted guarantees of his regime's security, and many analysts believe he was hoping for an agreement that would eventually see US troops pulled out of the Korean Peninsula.
Pompeo laid out some of the US cards on Monday, saying the administration was sticking to its demand for the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the North. "You can see this when he touches him on the back and directs him to leave to the room".
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