Trump Admits 'Unknown Territory' Awaits in Kim Summit

Trump predicts ‘terrific relationship’ with Kim Jong Un as historic summit begins

While Trump was optimistic about prospects for the first-ever meeting of sitting US and North Korean leaders, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo injected a note of caution, saying it remained to be seen if Kim was honest about his willingness to denuclearize.

The comments come after the two leaders shared a firm 12-second handshake as they met for the first time and exchanged a few words with each other. Television images showed Kim's motorcade arriving later.

"Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly....but in the end, that doesn't matter". "We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!"

Inside, they sat alongside each other against a backdrop of North Korean and US flags, with Kim beaming broadly as the USA president gave him a thumbs up.

On Tuesday morning, Pompeo fed the mounting anticipation of diplomatic breakthrough: "We're ready for today".

He was greeted by Singapore's foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, who posted a picture on Twitter of him shaking hands with Kim and the message: "Welcomed Chairman Kim Jong Un, who has just arrived in Singapore". "I could see Trump giving up a lot for very little in return".

In the same statement, the White House said the talks between USA and North Korean officials were moving "more quickly than expected", though didn't elaborate on what precisely that meant for Trump's stated goal of securing North Korea's complete and verifiable denuclearization.

Following that test, North Korea declared its state nuclear program was complete.

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"If diplomacy does not move in the right direction. those measures will increase". "We are prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than America's been willing to provide previously".

But other reports said it was Kim who made a decision to leave early, even though Trump was willing to stick around.

Journalists and White House staff stand under Air Force One, carrying U.S. President Donald Trump to Singapore for an anticipated summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, as it is stopped for refueling in Chania, Greece, June 10, 2018.

He went out of his way to be cordial during two summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April and May.

Talks proceeded at multiple levels, including logistical discussions to allay Kim's fears of being deposed while traveling further afield than he ever has before as the country's leader. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Talks would focus on "the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realizing the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern", it added.

Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the USA and North Korea.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said Mr Trump had also accepted President Halimah Yacob's invitation to make a state visit to Singapore in November to attend the 6th Asean-US Summit and 13th East Asia Summit.

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