Trump/Kim summit: US and North Korean leaders hold historic talks

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(BBC) Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have become the first sitting US president and North Korean leader to meet, an unprecedented development after a year of exchanging threats.

The pair shook hands at a luxury hotel in Singapore’s Sentosa island after months of diplomatic twists and turns.

They are now set to discuss defusing tensions and nuclear disarmament.

Analysts are split on what it will achieve. Some see it as propaganda win for Mr Kim, others a path to peace.

The two men walked towards each other and shared a handshake in front of US and North Korean flags.

In brief initial comments in front of the press, the US president predicted a “terrific relationship” with Mr Kim.

“We overcame all the odds to come here,” Mr Kim said, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports.

The leaders will now hold a one-to-one meeting, with translators, before a working lunch.

The talks – unimaginable just a few months ago – will focus on North Korea’s controversial nuclear programme.

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