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A president of the United Staes of America has finally met a North Korean leader after over 70 years of conflict and the US military’s occupation of the Korean Peninsula.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have met in Singapore on June 12.

In advance of the historic summit, American officials have dangled economic and security support of North Korea as a carrot for Pyongyang’s willingness to get rid of its nuclear arsenals and desires.

Trump has often spoken of North Korea’s huge “economic potential,” and said at the end of the summit that the “whole relationship with North Korea and the Korean Peninsula is going to be a very different situation than it has in the past.”

President Trump takes a light walk with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un during the talks. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images
The leaders share a historic handshake and a “hearty” laugh. Photo credit: Kevin Lim/The Straits Times/Handout via Getty Images
President Trump and Kim Jong-un sit smile for their historic summit and share warm remarks while speaking to the press. Photo credit: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un takes a late-night stroll around Singapore in admiration of the state’s economic development his own citizens would also crave. Photo credit: Nicholas Yeo/AFP/Getty Images
Both leaders shake hands as they sit with their respective delegations.                                                         On the United States side: Mike Pompeo, John Kelly, and John Bolton                                                        On the North Korean side: Chairman Kim Jong-Un, Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, and former Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong.               Photo credit: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
President Trump and Kim Jong-un sign documents. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
President Trump and Kim Jong-un signed a document declaring the North Korean regime will work toward the “complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” and commit to a “lasting and stable peace.” In return, Trump vowed to provide unspecified “security guarantees” to North Korea. Photo Credit: Evan Vucci/AP
Donald Trump is the first sitting U.S. president to meet a North Korean leader on June 12 after almost 70 years of conflict. The new deal with Kim Jong Un could mark the beginning of the end, but any betrayal in this seemingly new beginning would lead to an almost irredeemable strained relationship.

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