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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Will Meet Alone Following First Handshake

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet alone on Tuesday with just the two men’s translators, according to reports.  

The two leaders are meeting for a historic summit in Singapore that began early Tuesday morning. Trump and Kim are expected to spend the meeting hashing out difficult issues such as North Korea willingness to get rid of its nuclear weapons. Some experts say the president has chosen to meet with Kim alone in order to build trust and personal rapport.

“I think Trump's goal is to try and talk to Kim one on one and see if he can get a nuclear done in a one on one setting,” Harry Kazianis, a director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest in Washington, D.C., told Newsweek. “Sadly, personal diplomacy, while a good idea, just won’t work. There is very little we can do to convince Kim to give up his nukes. And that is just the cold reality of power politics,” Kazianis added.

There will be no meeting minutes taken, which means that only Trump, Kim and their translators will know what really took place during the talks. Some analysts have criticized the decision saying that it lacks transparency. Trump, however, has said that the meeting will be a success and that the two men will have a “terrific relationship." 

The greeting between the two leaders appeared warm, and Kim smiled as they shook hands. It is unclear if Kim speaks or understands English. The North Korean leader studied in Switzerland and one of his former teachers said that he does speak English despite pretending that he does not.

A subsequent meeting will be attended by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, among others.

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