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    US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

    World Follows Every Step of Historic Trump-Kim Summit

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    The historic Trump-Kim Summit kicked off on Tuesday in one of Singapore's most luxurious venues: Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island. The whole world seems to be following every step of the first-ever meeting between incumbent leaders from North Korea and the United States. The question is: is Trump's deal on denuclearization possible?

    US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have started their historic talks with a one-on-one meeting, accompanied only by their translators. Ahead of the summit in Singapore, Trump reportedly emphasized that this very moment would be crucial for striking a deal with Kim on denuclearization and establishing a firm peace on the Korean peninsula.

    On Monday, a day before the historic event, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that as many as 5,000 media professionals would be covering the summit.

    The Trump-Kim summit was made possible after a significant thaw in tensions on the Korean peninsula earlier this year.

    US former professional basketball player Dennis Rodman, who has formed a close relationship with Kim since his visit to North Korea in 2013, was spotted at the international airport by Fox News late Monday local time.

    The Ex-NBA star player said in a Twitter post that he would give whatever support is needed to his friends Trump and Kim. He expressed hope that the summit will be a historic success.

    As the meeting was being discussed in earnest in late May, Trump suddenly decided to cancel the summit, citing harsh comments from North Korean officials.

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    However, Kim continued to pursue his first opportunity to meet the US president by reiterating his commitment to denuclearization through a surprising second meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

    Shortly ahead of the summit some performers decided to "accelerate" the possible positive outcome of the Trump-Kim summit and were spotted by local reporters walking around in the streets of Singapore, disguised as the US and North Korean leaders.

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    Before historic negotiations aiming to bring complete denuclearization and firm peace to the Korean Peninsula, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have shaken hands with each other for the first time.

    Local residents in Singapore got emotional as they were watching the historic handshake between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

    Meanwhile, "Kim Jong-un's friend" and former basketball player Dennis Rodman bursts in tears in CNN interview on historic Singapore summit, saying that he is "so happy, and it is a great day".

    Donald Trump said on Tuesday in his first comments alongside Kim Jong-un that their summit will bring a "tremendous success." Meanwhile, The Economist has compared the historic meeting between the two leaders with the USSR-US summit in Reykjavik.

    According to the UK-based media outlet, Ronald Reagan also took a strong line against the Soviet Union during his term. However, in 1985 he met his Soviet counterpart, Mikhail Gorbachev, for the first time and a year later they met in the capital city of Iceland to discuss global arms control.

     

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