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(US-NK summit) Unusual moments loosen up mood for Trump-Kim summit

All Headlines 21:09 June 12, 2018

SINGAPORE, June 12 (Yonhap) -- Besides what they called a "comprehensive" deal, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un grabbed media attention on Tuesday with unexpected but tension-easing moments, especially so for heads of decadeslong adversaries.

On their way out from a summit meeting room in the morning at the Capella Hotel on the Singaporean resort island of Sentosa, Trump and Kim walked down to the U.S. presidential limousine on standby and showed its interior to the North Korean leader.

The Associated Press reported that Trump made some gestures and one of his bodyguards leaped to open the door of the presidential bulletproof limousine on standby, and then he showed its interior to the North Korean leader.

This photo captured from The Straits Times' website shows Trump and Kim standing next to the U.S. presidential limousine, also known as "The Beast," on their way from a summit meeting room at the Capella Hotel in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (Yonhap)

Kim briefly looked inside the limousine, also known as "The Beast" for its high-tech equipment and maximum safety features. It is not clear how Kim reacted to such an apparently off-the-cuff suggestion on the sidelines of their make-or-break summit.

A similar eye-catching moment took place later before going for a working launch.

CNN reported that Trump jokingly asked the press awaiting the two leaders to "take a good picture, everybody. So we look nice and handsome and thin."

Trump made the joke just a few hours before he and Kim signed their summit agreement in which they reaffirmed complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and committed to establishing "new" bilateral relations.

This photo captured from The Straits Times' website shows Trump and Kim standing across a table before starting their working lunch at the Capella Hotel in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (Yonhap)


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