Trump and Kim just shook hands as historic summit in Singapore gets underway

Photo: CNA video screengrab
Photo: CNA video screengrab

After years of undiplomatic exchanges, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un faced each other for the first time and shook hands on Singapore soil.

A little after 9am this morning, the two leaders met at Capella Hotel and went straight into the first order of business: a handshake, some niceties exchanged, and a photo op of the historic moment.

Photo: CNA video screengrab

The summit began with a one-on-one encounter that’ll go on for 45 minutes, followed by an expanded bilateral meeting at 10 am in which US and North Korean officials would be in attendance. A working lunch will kick off at 11:30am.

The North Korean delegation is reportedly scheduled to leave Singapore as early as 2pm today, immediately after the summit.

With Kim setting what seems to be a strict ticking clock on the meeting, Trump is now reportedly planning to leave Singapore 15 hours earlier than expected — meaning he might fly back to Washington tonight, rather than tomorrow morning as originally planned.

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