The site of the historic talks was a matter of intense speculation before the US President announced on Twitter it would occur here in Singapore, the flashy Southeast Asian city-state that has eagerly accommodated the spectacle.
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Both leaders were only accompanied by a pair of translators during the intimate huddle, which lasted for about 40 minutes at the very start of the summit.
Trump also said he and Kim had discussed human rights briefly.
The selfie posted by the Singaporean foreign minister shows a grinning Kim, donning his tortoise-shell glasses.
Balakrishnan has been tasked with making a nervous Kim Jong-un feel at home on his furthest trip from North Korea since assuming the reins there after his father's death in 2011. And Trump himself, the White House called a lid on the president and - just after lunch the day before, so he hasn't been seen out publicly. Aware that the eyes of the world were on a moment many people never expected to see, Kim said many of those watching would think it was a scene from a "science fiction movie". Many outside experts believe she has already become the No. 2 official in a country that has been ruled by the Kim family for seven decades.
Rodman has consistently described him as his "friend", and his descriptions of the North Korean leader are generally sympathetic.
And most interestingly, Ari, she was the one who made a statement saying that Vice President Mike Pence was a political dummy when Pence seemed to suggest a few weeks ago a Libya-style end to the Kim regime if Kim didn't give in to USA demands. While the summit was back on days later, the episode led many in Seoul to call into question Trump's commitment.
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SHAPIRO: We've heard American officials talk a lot about their desire for a denuclearized North Korea. The 200 women were chosen for their physical beauty and performed meticulously choreographed routines while supporting the North Korean athletes.
The new year began with another televised address from Kim, this time involving threats of a "nuclear button" on the North Korean leader's desk.
Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the US -based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and Rabbi Abraham Cooper at the Simon Wiesenthal Center urged Trump to seek "the complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement" of North Korean political prison camps - mimicking the formulation used by the U.S.in its demand for that nation's denuclearization.
In the lead-up to the summit, U.S. and North Korean officials were convening contentious final-hour negotiations in a Ritz Carlton hotel here in a bid to narrow gaps on key aspects of the meeting. At a pre-summit briefing by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday, the issue didn't get a mention.
US presidents have always faced a predicament in balancing national security and geopolitical priorities with democratic values. "We are prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than America's been willing to provide previously".
"We both want to do something".
Similarly, Kim Jong-un presides over a brutal totalitarian regime culpable for crimes against humanities.
The failure of the six-party talks demonstrates the key problem in negotiating with North Korea: even after getting everything it wanted out of the talks, the country failed to hold up its end of the bargain and resumed a hostile posture and its pursuit of nuclear weapons.