SINGAPORE (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-une of North Korea have been trying to show that they are using good choreographs of the first moments of their meeting in Hanoi on Wednesday, said the experts in the body language.
US President Donald Trump talks to North Korea's leader Kim Jong-unn after he shrugs before they talked one at a time during the second summit of the United States and North Korea at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, in the United States February 27, 2019. REUTERS / Leah Millis
In the images that shone around the world from the capital of the United States, Trump approached Kim, climbing his palm, against the background of interlaced flags before the two leaders collided and synchronized in front of the cameras.
"They both work hard to show that their relationship has improved since the last time," said Allan Piz, an Australian body language expert and author of several books on the subject. "The reflection between them is quite strong."
Pis said that the "mirror" is how people who want to show that they are interacting imitate the body language of others to fit the other.
Experts say the exchange contrasts with the historic first couple meeting in Singapore eight months ago when they sought to design a sense of alpha-male handshake.
The two leaders will hold a series of meetings on Thursday and will try to make progress in resolving an uncertain deal in Singapore aimed at full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, resulting in little concrete results.
From Singapore, Trump announced that he and Kim "fell in love" after exchanging letters, far from when Trump was called Kim "Little Rocket Man" and "sick puppy" at the end of 2017 and Kim said that Trump was a dotard "- is meant the senile old man. Trump, 72, is twice the age of Kim, 35 years old.
Kim looked much more confident compared to their Singapore meeting, while Trump welcomed Kim with his palm up – a sign, said Karen Leong, a body language expert. a more open, conciliatory approach from a daring businessman.
"Trump wants interaction. He's not here to become a bully, he's here to win Kim, "said Leong, managing director of the Singapore-based Influence Solutions company and author of Win people.
"Kim moved to Trump much faster, with an extended hand. Previously, in Singapore, Kim was much more indecisive. There is much more sense of dating. "
Kim Hyung-Hi, director of the Korean body language laboratory, said that Trump seemed to "take a little extra care", shaking Kim's hand in comparison with other leaders.
There were, however, signs of tension when two men sat down.
Liz noted that Trump – sitting in his traditional, dominant position with his hands forward, making a pin – eyebrows ranged. Kim's fingers were clenched, indicating disappointment and self-control.
"They both smiled only when they were expecting, and how they practiced it," he added. "They acted".
Reports by John Gooddy, Miraal Fahmy, Kariṣi Singh and Kevin Krolitski in Singapore and Joyce Lee in Seoul; Editing Nick Macphy