by Anna Kook
SINGAPORE (Circa) -During the historic meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the two leaders enjoyed much privacy inside a hotel on Sentosa island off the coast of Singapore. On that island and on the streets of the city, massive crowds of reporters and onlookers gathered to get a glimpse of President Trump and Kim Jong Un. Among the crowds were Americans who expressed their hope and skepticism for the future.
“We just really wanted to be a part of this history. And it’s funny I’m closer to him now than I have ever been in the United States,” said Meredith Nordmann, who was visiting Singapore from Indiana.
Some Americans on the island cast their skepticism on President Trump’s ability to bring lasting peace as a result of the summit.
“If he’s successful that’s great…we’ll see what happens,” said Larry Carson, another visitor from St. Louis.
Australian and Singapore resident, Ben Richardson, said he got up early in the morning to bike all the way to Sentosa island in order to witness history in the making.
“I just wanted to be a part of this historic moment,” Richardson said.
The summit was an especially meaningful occasion for Korean residents in Singapore with more than 20,000 Koreans living in Singapore, one of the city’s largest foreign populations.
While the Korean War armistice was signed in 1953, the two Koreas have still technically been in war with each other since them. With the summit in Singapore, Korean residents are hopeful of a lasting peace across the peninsula.
“I’m super happy now because we as Koreans expect peace among the Korean peninsula now that the summit has happened,” said Yong Ho Kook, a Korean who has lived in Singapore for 16 years.
“My father he’s experienced Korean War so we know then how bitter it was….and we don’t want another big disaster like that,” Kook said.