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12 June 2018, 04:44 | Joann Bryant
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"It was not easy to get here", Kim said, according to a translator. "The world will see a major change".
As the historic first meeting between a sitting United States president and North Korean leader began in Singapore, images of Trump and Kim exchanging handshakes and warm words drew jubilant reactions in Seoul and hopes for a new beginning with Pyongyang.
"We have done war exercises with a long period of time working with South Korea and we call them war games".
Kim said he wanted to express his gratitude to President Trump for making the meeting happen.
Moon Jae-in, South Korea's president, said after the meeting had started: "Perhaps the minds of our people are on Singapore".
Kim, dressed in a dark suit, and Trump, sporting a red tie, talked in a corner of the hotel corridor for a few minutes before they walked along the passage into the meeting room and sat down in front of journalists.
Shortly after the signing ceremony Kim left Singapore's Sentosa island.
The US president said he had, and would not retract his description of Mr Kim as "talented".
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The English language Korea Times welcomed the meeting as a step towards ending tensions on the Korean peninsula, which has been divided between the communist North and democratic South for almost 70 years.
Meanwhile, President Trump arrived at Paya Lebar Airbase in Singapore in the evening and was also received there by the country's foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan.
Kim also sounded positive about the prospects of peace. "We overcame all kinds of skepticism and speculations about this summit, and I believe that this is good for the peace".
The dollar jumped to a 3-week top on Tuesday and Asian shares rose on the news. "The fact that our two leaders are sitting down face to face is a sign of the enormous potential to accomplish something that will immensely benefit both of our peoples and the entire world". "Getting a good picture everyone, so we all look nice and handsome and thin.perfect".
The Associated Press reports Trump was originally scheduled to depart early Wednesday morning, however he will now leave Tuesday night after a day of meetings with Kim and other leaders of North Korea.
The US has offered North Korea "unique" security guarantees to persuade it to give up its nuclear arsenal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, on the eve of a historic summit in Singapore.
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 U.S. will move to tighten the punishing measures if diplomacy fails, he added. "Both the American as well as the North Koreans are pleased with the arrangements, we're all set to go and things will start happening within the next 24 hours".
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While this meeting with Mr Kim may be just the start of what might be a long and fraught journey, it is at least that - a start. The tour came approximately 12 hours ahead of Kim's summit with U.S.