Kim-Trump shake hands, begin new era of ‘terrific relationship’

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Kim-Trump shake hands, begin new era of 'terrific relationship'
Kim-Trump shake hands, begin new era of 'terrific relationship'

Singapore: US President Donald Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday and welcomed the beginning of a “terrific relationship”, a momentous step in an improbable courtship that has opened a new era for the worlds largest nuclear power and the most reclusive one.

In a carefully choreographed encounter at around 9 a.m., Trump and Kim strode towards each other, arms extended, in the red-carpeted reception area of the grand Capella Hotel, in Singapore’s Sentosa Island, reports The New York Times.

This is the first time a sitting American President and North Korean leader have ever met.

The two leaders then shared a 12-second handshake in the courtyard of the British-colonial style hotel against a backdrop of American and North Korean flags.

Posing for photographs, Trump put his hand on the younger man’s shoulder. Then the two, alone except for their interpreters, walked off to meet privately in an attempt to resolve the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear programme.