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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (right) walks with US President Donald Trump (left) after lunch and during a break in talks at their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un became on June 12 the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off. AFP Photo

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Japan are hoping for a successful outcome of the historic meeting today between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

In a joint press conference in Tokyo, visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his Japan counterpart Shinzo Abe agreed that the meeting was a step forward towards the right direction for a bright future.

Dr Mahathir said he hoped that the US and North Korea would accept the fact that in their negotiations, both sides must be prepared to give in on certain issues in order to reach a good conclusion.

"Expecting only one side to give in would not result in a very positive conclusion," he said.

Trump and Kim meet today at the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore, and are expected to discuss Pyongyang's nuclear disarmament in return for Washington's security assurances.

Abe said he hoped that the meeting would be successful in bringing progress to the solution of issues related to nuclear armament and missiles.

"North Korea is rich in resources and has a diligent workforce. When North Korea makes a step forward towards the right direction, a bright future may lay ahead.

"I will work closely with Prime Minister Mahathir to put forward a powerful message vis-a-vis North Korea," he said.

The joint press conference was broadcast live over national television and the social media.

Dr Mahathir, 92, is on a three-day working visit to Japan, his first trip overseas since taking office as Malaysia's seventh prime minister last month following a stunning election victory by the Pakatan Harapan coalition he led against the 61-year-old Barisan Nasional. -- Bernama

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