Donald Trump, North Korea’s Kim Un Jong shake hands, speak one-on-one

United States President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un kicked off a momentous summit Tuesday, with their first ever handshake.

Trump also declared the two would have a ‘‘great discussion while Kim said they had overcome ‘‘obstacles’’ to get to this point.

Boston Globe reports that after the two leaders met one-on-one, Trump said their discussion was “very, very good,” and that they have an “excellent relationship.”

Before a row of alternating U.S. and North Korean flags, the leaders shook hands warmly at a Singapore island resort, creating an indelible image of two unorthodox leaders as they opened a conversation that could determine historic peace or raise the specter of a growing nuclear threat.

This was the first meeting of a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader and it was the product of dizzying weeks of negotiations over logistics and policy.

Up early in Singapore, Trump tweeted with cautious optimism, ‘‘Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly … but in the end, that doesn’t matter. We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!’’

Speaking through an interpreter, Kim said, “The way to come to here was not easy. Sitting at a table with Trump.

“The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward but we overcame all of them and we are here today.”