Former NBA star Dennis Rodman began crying with emotion during a CNN interview Monday evening, heralding President Donald Trump's decision to launch diplomatic discussions with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
They shook hands for several seconds, Trump reaching out to touch the North Korean leader on his right shoulder.
In the lead up to the summit, North Korea rejected any unilateral nuclear disarmament, and KCNA's reference to denuclearisation of the peninsula has historically meant that Pyongyang wants the United States to remove its "nuclear umbrella" protecting South Korea and Japan.
In a letter on Monday, Senate Democrats outlined how they believe Trump should handle negotiations with Pyongyang, saying any deal should require that North Korea give up its nuclear and ballistic weapons programs.
Following their meeting. which lasted 41 minutes, Trump said the two countries have an "excellent relationship".
After initial exchanges lasting around 40 minutes, Trump and Kim emerged, walking side-by-side through the colonnaded hotel before entering a meeting room, where they were joined by their most senior officials.
Now he's in Singapore, ready to negotiate with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Yet the optimism about the summit - for which Trump seemed completely unprepared - is hardly warranted. The statement comes on the heels of Trump slamming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as dishonest and weak while instructing his advisors to back out of a joint statement he had agreed to with USA allies at the G-7 summit.
The United States delegation at tomorrow's expanded bilateral meeting will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Advisor John Bolton.
It was a striking about-face from less than a year ago, when Trump was threatening "fire and fury" against Kim, who in turn scorned the American president as a "mentally deranged USA dotard".
"Trump clearly has the upper hand here because the media in North Korea is so tightly controlled". -North Korea summit in Singapore on June 11, 2018.
Singapore, doing its bit to promote peace, has said it expects to spend about S$20 million ($15 million) on hosting the summit, including the North Koreans' hotel bill, Singapore's foreign minister told the BBC. Trump had earlier tweeted about "excitement in the air!"