Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un: From foes to friends

After months of taking potshots at each other, and after decades of enmity between their two countries, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un met for a historic summit in Singapore on Tuesday (June 12).

Jun 12, 2018, 13:20 PM IST

After months of taking potshots at each other, and after decades of enmity between their two countries, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un met for a historic summit in Singapore on Tuesday (June 12).

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US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged on Tuesday (June 12) to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula while Washington committed to provide security guarantees for its old enemy. (Reuters photo)

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Trump expects the denuclearisation process to start "very, very quickly". Before signing what he described as a "comprehensive" document, Kim said the two leaders had a historic meeting “and decided to leave the past behind. The world will see a major change.” (PTI/AP Photo) 

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"People are going to be very impressed and people are going to be very happy and we are going to take care of a very dangerous problem for the world," said President Trump. He said he had formed a "very special bond" with Kim and that relationship with North Korea would be very different. (Reuters Photo) 

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A smile, a nod and a historic handshake defined a historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday (June 12). The two leaders met in Singapore in what was the first such summit in the history of bilateral relations between the two nations. (Photo and text courtesy: Reuters)

 

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Trump and Kim arrived at Sentosa Island in their respective armoured motorcades. Both men had looked serious as they got out of their limousines for the summit at the Capella hotel. (Reuters Photo)

 

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With cameras of the world`s press trained on them, Trump and Kim displayed an initial atmosphere of bonhomie. (Reuters Photo)

 

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After some initial exchanges lasting around 40 minutes, Trump and Kim emerged, walking side-by-side through the colonnaded hotel before re-entering the meeting room. (Reuters Photo)

 

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Kim was heard telling Trump through a translator: "I think the entire world is watching this moment. Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fantasy...science fiction movie." (AFP Photo)

 

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Asked by a reporter how the meeting was going, Trump said: "Very good. Very, very good. Good relationship." (Reuters Photo)

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