Skip to comments.South Korea hails Trump-Kim Singapore summit as 'talks of the century'
Posted on 06/11/2018 11:30:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
SEOUL: South Koreans erupted in applause Tuesday (Jun 12) as Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met for what local media billed as the "talks of the century".
As the historic first meeting between a sitting US president and North Korean leader began in Singapore, images of Trump and Kim exchanging handshakes and warm words drew jubilant reactions in Seoul and hopes for a new beginning with Pyongyang.
"We hope the summit will be a success and bring us a complete denuclearisation, peace and a new era" in relations between the two Koreas and the United States, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said.
Moon, whose earlier meetings with Kim had paved the way for the Singapore summit, smiled and applauded alongside his cabinet ministers as they watched live-streamed scenes from the summit at the presidential Blue House.
He has spent "a sleepless night" with excitement ahead of the meeting, his office said.
The English language Korea Times welcomed the meeting as a step towards ending tensions on the Korean peninsula, which has been divided between the communist North and democratic South for nearly 70 years.
Since the 1950-53 Korean War, South Korea has grown into one of the most prosperous countries in Asia, while the isolationist North has suffered a stagnant economy and alarmed its neighbours with its increasingly sophisticated nuclear weapons programme.
"The two leaders are certainly under great pressure to make the talks of the century a success," the editorial said.
"We hope today's summit will make a breakthrough to open a new era of peace and prosperity."
Elsewhere scores of people were glued to TV screens at the Seoul railway station, cheering and clapping in response to Trump and Kim's cordial greetings.
Jung A-im, a university student, said she was moved while watching the landmark meeting.
"Looking at the two leaders shaking hands, I thought ... 'I am living in a historical moment'," she told AFP.
Many others watched live footage of the summit on their phones.
"A great shift in world history is in the making," one Internet user said in a comment response to a news story.
But others were sceptical of Pyongyang's intentions, citing earlier attempts to improve relations that later foundered.
"Kim Jong Un's agreement to meet Trump means he's having a hard time (from sanctions). But we're giving him a chance to survive again after we did so with Kim Jong-il," wrote another, referring to previous peace overtures to the North Korean leader's father.
But Trump is going to get us into WWIII /Demscum and LSM
Aside from the naysayers in the media and the Democratic party, I’m curious about how China and Russia will react as this potentially changes regional dynamics substantially.
It went so well that democrats want to impeach him for it.
Boy I hope someone asks Maxine Waters about it.
The DNC Samurai are busy sharpening knives but having real difficulty how to slice this one...btw, anyone seen Obama or the Bushes or Clinton or Carter?
China is hailing the meeting, which is a bit of a disappointment. The "agreement" is just a general statement of wishes, and China was probably worried Kim might give more away. But he is going to milk this for all its worth.
My thoughts also. Traditional politics look pretty stupid right now.
The RAT and liberal commentors are either saying its a nothingburger or saying that Clinton & Obama share in this success which has been decades in the making.
Ha...don't bring a knife to a scythe fight
After decades of such polished, diplomatic efforts that always ended in failure, here comes Trump, who the leftist-media complex laughed off as too unsophisticated and too mentally limited for the intellectual rigors of such a landmark event. Yet.. here we are.
The first fruits to watch for well be if the NORK media (such as it is) start talking about the new friendship with the U.S.
They have demonized the U.S. for decades.
An “East Asia has always desired friendship with Pacifica” moment will show a serious change in policy.
I can’t wait until the Nobel committee awards Obama his historic second peace prize!
Seth Meyers: “Trump has been saying that he’ll run for president as a Republican, which is surprising, since I just assumed he was running as a joke.” [from 2011]
I doubt that the Left will ever realize that President Trump won in November, 2016, and he is still winning. They are too invested in their hatred of President Trump, of real Americans, and of freedom.
I notice the media isn't interviewing any of them either, until they can ask manipulated questions for pre-scripted answers.
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