Kim summit signals new breakthrough and echoes past problems

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the Singapore Summit

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the Singapore Summit

While Singaporean food and beverage businesses cashed in on the historical US-NK summit by releasing products from the Trump-Kim burger to "Rocket Man" taco, South Korean F&B companies were more cautious about joining the celebratory mood.

In the run-up to the meeting, Trump had predicted the two men might strike a nuclear deal or forge a formal end to the Korean War in the course of a single meeting or over several days. "And the other alternative is just not a very good alternative", Trump said in a press conference filled with many odd moments and comments.

"There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

Trump said he "absolutely" would be willing to invite Kim - whose regime has been criticised for widespread human rights abuses - to the White House.

"[The] Trump-Kim trailer represents something deeper and more sinister, wherein the language of schlock now seems to lead the way and define the debate", wrote film critic Bilge Ebiri of the Village Voice.

Trump and Kim signed a document on Tuesday stating that Pyongyang would work toward "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Ms Leong added both found it hard to hide their nervousness once they were seated, with Trump displaying a slanted smile, and fidgeting with his hands and Kim leaning and staring at the ground. "It is quiet careful for us since things are moving so quickly", said a SPC official.

Sitting across from Trump at a small side table, Kim told the United States president through a translator: "It was not easy to get here".

"He won't have that opportunity again", the USA president added.

Trump said they had "it on a cassette and an iPad".

When Kim Jong Un made a Jim Halpert after Trump asked the photographers, "Getting a good picture, everybody, so we look nice and handsome and thin and flawless?"

Kim flew to Washington before the DPRK-U.S. summit and delivered a private letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump.

Professor John Hajek from the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics said the US President was "doing all the talking" and had the "upper hand" when the two met for their historic meeting. "I said look at that view".

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