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With a handshake, Trump and Kim begin historic summit

With a handshake, Trump and Kim begin historic summit

The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations led by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the US-DPRK summit.

"We may be able to recoup a little bit of that, but I think it is a cost that we're willing to pay and it's our contribution to an global endeavor, which is in our profound interests", he added.

"I think that very quickly I'll know that something good is going to happen", Trump said in Canada where we met leaders of other G7 economies.

Kim stood silently alongside, but the North Korean leader had earlier described their meeting as a "a good prelude to peace".

The US President is set to address a news conference in the evening.

After initial exchanges lasting around 40 minutes, Trump and Kim emerged, walking side-by-side through the colonnaded hotel before entering a meeting room, where they were joined by their most senior officials.

"We sat down for lunch", Rodman said of a face-to-face meeting with Kim five years ago.

Speaking through his translator, Mr Kim said it was "not easy" to get here.

North Korea, however, has shown little appetite for surrendering nuclear weapons it considers vital to the survival of Kim's dynastic rule.

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The eccentric former basketball player and reality television star is one of the few westerners to have spent time with Mr Kim during multiple visits to Pyongyang.

"There will be challenges ahead", Kim said, but he vowed to work with Trump.

He said this was again a "subtle gesture" from Trump to gain sympathy, with gentle touches to the North Korean's shoulder and back.

But while Trump, and Kim, regularly stray off diplomatic scripts, a larger risk may be that there may be no full transcript, public or secret, of what the two leaders discussed.

Trump has said that he would be willing to stay longer and potentially stretch the summit out over two days depending on how talks were proceeding.

There will not be a repeat of "flimsy agreements" made between previous US administrations and North Korea, Secretary Pompeo told reporters in Singapore on Monday.

The former Central Intelligence Agency chief said USA sanctions will remain in place until Washington verifies the North's denuclearization efforts.

Yet the top USA diplomat added Trump is ready to offer "unique" guarantees to ease the regime's concerns about giving up a nuclear arsenal that provides a deterrent against foreign adversaries while also serving as a key point of national pride. Kim is seeking a security guarantee - and possibly a peace treaty - and the removal of the U.S.'s nuclear umbrella protecting allies South Korea and Japan.

The "madman" comment also came after a historic televised statement from Kim, in which the North Korean leader called Trump a "mentally deranged US dotard".