Trump said he thinks it will be a “terrific relationship,” and Kim, through a translator, said North Korea had to overcome a number of “obstacles” to get to this moment.
The stakes are high — the U.S. seeks nothing less than the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and Kim wants to see the sanctions on the North eased.
Trump and Kim participated in a one-on-one meeting, with translators only, followed by an expanded meeting including their top advisers. They will also have a working lunch. According to the White House, the discussions between the U.S. and North Korea are “ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected.”
When Mr. Trump and Kim departed from their lunch, Mr. Trump said they will be “signing” something.
It is unclear what that might be, although Mr. Trump said the public will find out soon.
A “really fantastic meeting, a lot of progress,” Mr. Trump said.
Mr. Trump said the meeting went “better than anybody could have expected,” he added.
Mr. Trump and Kim arrived at the lunch at just before noon local time, or midnight EDT, after their expanded bilateral meeting.
No U.S. media members were allowed in the brief pool spray, but the host TV captured Mr. Trump and Kim.
Mr. Trump suggested photographers get a picture so everyone looks “nice and handsome.”
“Getting a good picture of everybody, so we look nice and handsome,” Mr. Trump said.
But neither Mr. Trump nor Kim made any substantive comments about their conversation. (Courtesy CBC News)