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Substance over symbolism

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As the world watched with fascination, United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shook hands in Singapore, making history as they did so.

The two men are the first sitting leaders of their countries to meet face to face.

Given the uncertainty of the meeting, the smiles and handshakes after the first initial uncomfortable posed photos indicate there is a bond formed between the two men.

There is no certainty the meeting will be the start of some historic moves, but at least it is a start.

Months previously, Messrs Trump and Kim increased the rhetoric, lambasting each other and comparing the sizes of their nuclear buttons. All-out war seemed the most likely scenario until both leaders dialled back the insults.

Whether Mr Kim realised the actual threat of another war on the Korean Peninsula, this time without the support of Russia and China, was likely will never be answered........

© Otago Daily Times