Donald Trump meets Kim Jong Un

US President Donald Trump gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore

Trump and Kim make history with a handshake

Trump met with Kim on Tuesday and became the first sitting U.S. president to give an audience to a North Korean leader.

"Going round the Great Flower Garden, one of the prides of Singapore, Sky Park located on the roof of the world-famous Marina Bay Sands building and Singapore Port, he learned about the social and economic development of the Republic of Singapore", KCNA reported. Having developed a personal relationship with Kim Jong Un on frequent travels to North Korea, Rodman is one of the few Americans who can boast of having met him ahead of Trump's historic summit.

Donald Trump. (AAP) Kim Jong-un. The AP reported that some journalists were not alerted that the lunch had began until they saw video footage. Kim was cheered by onlookers who caught sight of the dictator, who until earlier this spring was not believed to have ever left North Korea as supreme leader.

While the Air Force One carrying Donald Trump landed in Singapore on Sunday evening, Kim Jong-un reportedly travelled by a Chinese plane, deployed for his personal use, and was received by Singaporean foreign minister.

President Trump is expected to meet separately with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday.

"The ultimate objective we seek from diplomacy with North Korea has not changed - the complete, verifiable and irreversible de-nuclearization of the Korea peninsula is only outcome that the United States will accept", declared Pompeo.

"But despite of all that, we've made it here", said Mr Kim.

The pair made brief remarks as they sat together before the world's media as the historic summit got under way, with the U.S. leader insisting "we will have a terrific relationship I have no doubt".

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore
Donald Trump meets Kim Jong Un

Both leaders first emerged at 9:03 a.m. local time, walking along a bright red carpet from separate sides of a staging location at the Capella Hotel resort on Sentosa Island to shake hands with a backdrop of USA and North Korean flags.

The White House has not said whether the president will raise issue with North Korea's dismal human rights record, but the president took time in the hours before his meeting to take a swipe at critics of the sit-down.

Trump said the meetings are going on well.

There was another handshake as they sat down for their working lunch with top aides and an exchange of niceties across the table. The two countries remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty. China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty.

While advisers say Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, the president insists his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim.

Participants in a mass rally gather in Kim Il-Sung Square in Pyongyang on September 23, 2017.

It's not clear what the USA side has been able to extract from the North Koreans in terms of their willingness to get rid of their nuclear weapons or allow inspectors into the country to catalogue the scale of their program.

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