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Note: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump started their historic summit on

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump started their historic summit on Tuesday morning on an optimistic note.


After the two sat down in the Capella Hotel, Trump said the summit will be a tremendous success, adding that "we will have a terrific relationship, no doubt".


"The way to come to here was not easy," Kim said. "The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward but we overcame all of them and we are here today."


Trump replied, "That’s great."


The two shook hands and exchanged words at 9:04 am after arriving at the hotel for the first summit between leaders of the two countries.


The handshake lasted about 10 seconds. Both wore smile during the handshake, unlike the serious look when they arrived at the hotel. Trump also patted on Kim’s arm and back during their handshake and walked into the meeting room.


The two engaged in a private session for about 30 minutes, accompanied by only translators. Then an expanded session was held with the attendance of their advisors. A working lunch will follow afterwards.


"The way to come to here was not easy," Kim said, sitting at a table with Trump. "The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward but we overcame all of them and we are here today."


Trump replied, "That’s great."


The summit started with a private session by the two, accompanied by only translators. Then an expanded session will be followed with the attendance of their advisors. A working lunch will be held afterwards.


It is still unknown what kind of agreement would be reached at the summit. Diplomats from both countries continued their discussions whole day on Monday trying to narrow their differences on key issues.


The US has tamped down the previous high expectation of a swift denuclearization and instead talked about a process that will take time. But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted on Monday that the ultimate goal is for a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.


Pompeo said the US will offer security guarantee but gave no details. The DPRK has key concerns over issues such as the signing of a peace treaty to end the 1950-1953 Korean War, the lift of economic sanctions, US troop reduction in South Korea and cut of US-South Korea joint military drills on the peninsula.

 
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