In this diplomatic drama here was act 1, getting to know you, the handshake that could change the course of history.
President Donald Trump had said he’d know within a minute of meeting Kim Jong-un if he’d get on with him, so this was the moment he began sizing him up.
The start perhaps of an improbable relationship in improbable times, two nuclear-armed leaders, one a former real estate developer and reality TV star, theother an international pariah.
“It’s my honour, and we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt."
Speaking through an interpreter Kim Jong-un said the way here had not been easy.
It wasn’t easy to get here and all prejudices and practices worked as obstacles in our way forward but we overcame all of them and we’re here today.
They met at 9:00 a.m. local time in Singapore so primetime viewing in the United States, experts around the world will be studying these images frame by frame, looking for deeper meaning.
It is just a few months ago that Kim and Trump were hurling insults at one another, threatening nuclear annihilation.
Yet the North Korean leader who’s rarely stepped outside of his country for security reasons spent around 45 minutes in a room with President Trump with just their translators present.
Few diplomatic encounters have been so eagerly anticipated, the question now is whether this will all prove to be more than just a photo opportunity.
Adrian Brown,Al Jazeera, Singapore.