Trump, Kim agree to work toward denuclearization

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Starting with a handshake, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made history Tuesday as they began their unprecedented summit aimed at staving off the threat of nuclear war. The North Korean leader's sister and close confidante Kim Yo Jong was among the lunch party.

Both men sat in the hotel's library against a backdrop of North Korean and U.S. flags, with Kim beaming broadly as the United States president gave him a thumbs up.

Sanctions will remain until North Korea completely and verifiably eliminates its weapons of mass destruction programs, he added.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore.

Weeks later, more insults followed.

And they also agreed to work together to recover "POW/MIA remains", presumably American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.

Mr. Trump was expected to fly back to the US after his press conference.

Trump's retort included mention of his own "nuclear button" - one that doesn't actually exist.

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While President Trump has spoken positively about the upcoming summit, he has been vague on details of what they might be able to actually achieve.

Professor Hajek added Trump showed his experience in front of the TV cameras during the initial meeting. "I believe this is a good prelude for peace".

The historic first meeting between a sitting US president and and North Korea's leader will take place Tuesday at 9 a.m. when Trump and Kin will meet alone with only translators in the room.

President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and honest exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new US-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

The White House said preparatory negotiations had "moved more quickly than expected" and Donald Trump would leave on Tuesday evening after his talks with Kim Jong-un, ruling out the possibility the unprecedented tete-a-tete would run to two days.

Neither Trump nor Kim gave any indication about the contents of the document, though the president said he would elaborate for the media later Tuesday. Kim toured Singapore by night on Monday, enjoying his third known trip out of his country since taking over the regime in 2011.

"The ultimate objective we seek from diplomacy with North Korea has not changed - the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization (CVID) of the Korea Peninsula is the only outcome that the United States will accept", Pompeo declared.

Monday saw Secretary of State Pompeo tell press that the USA would not accept a deal with Pyongyang that did not see the North firmly commit to dismantling its nuclear program.