Meeting For The First Time: US President Donald Trump And North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Shake Hands

US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made history on Monday, June 11, 2018, when they shook hands for the first time in Singapore. The meeting geared towards strengthening relations between the two countries as they start discussions that could open the door to negotiations on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula marked the first in history between a sitting US President and a North Korean Leader.

Trump and Un, who spent months trading insults, greeted each other just after 9 a.m. in Singapore on Tuesday, or 9 p.m. Eastern time Monday.

The two leaders met at a secluded island resort off the coast of Singapore and shook hands in front of scores of a journalist before heading into a private meeting, accompanied by interpreters. They become the first sitting US president and North Korean leader to meet, an unprecedented development after a year of exchanging threats.

President Donald Trump had earlier tweeted that meetings between representatives of the two countries were going as planned but said the world will soon find out if the deal was “real.

“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!” Trump tweeted.

The United States is seeking the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of North Korea, a nation that possesses dozens of nuclear weapons, including some capable of striking the U.S. mainland. Kim wants an end to sanctions, normalized relations with the United States and a dramatic reduction in the U.S. military presence in the region.

Today’s meeting saw the two men walked towards each other and firmly gripped each other’s hands in front of US and North Korean flags.