By : Everett Rosenfield & Nyshka Chandran
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met face-to-face Tuesday morning for their highly anticipated summit. After hours of talks, the U.S. president said he was heading toward “a signing” with Kim, but there was no immediate indication of what sort of agreement would be signed.
The summit began with the two men briefly shaking hands and taking a photo side-by-side, then moving to another room, where they sat and made brief statements for the press.
“We’re going to have a great discussion and, I think, tremendous success. It will be tremendously successful. And it’s my honor,” Trump said.
“We will have a terrific relationship — I have no doubt,” the president added.
For his part, the North Korean leader said, “It was not easy to get here. The past worked as fetters on our limbs, and the old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward. But we overcame all of them, and we are here today,” according to a translation provided by the White House.
Trump responded: “That’s true.”
Following those comments, the two leaders began what was said to be a one-on-one meeting, with only translators in attendance.