06/12/2018, 08.43
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Trump and Kim shake hands and sign 'historic agreement'

Singapore (AsiaNews) - US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have signed a "historic" agreement in front of the entire world. Before gathered journalists, Kim added that "the world will see change" and Trump emphasized the same thing, adding: "Thank you. This is fantastic".

Trump and Kim had shaken hands this morning at 9 am (local time), opening up new possibilities for peace on the Korean peninsula. It is the first time meeting between a US president and North Korean leader in 65 years, since the end of the Korean War.

The two leaders, who over the past year traded heavy accusations and threats of mutual destruction, met at the Capella Hotel on the island of Sentosa, exchanging words of welcome. In front of a row of flags from their two countries, shaking hands, Kim said: "It's nice to meet you, Mr. President." Trump added: " We're going to have a great discussion, and I think tremendous success. And it's my honor, and we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt."

The content of the signed agreement is not yet known. It is assumed they have found a common line for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and for supporting the stability and economy of North Korea.

Both, talking to journalists, said they wanted to put aside "the past". After the greeting, the two had a 45 minute conversation alone and then gathered together with the related staff to sign the agreement.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in expressed hope for a positive outcome from the talks. The Korean Church has accompanied the preparation and the meeting with a prayer novena.

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