Saturday, August 18, 2018 | ePaper

N Korean state media hails Kim-Trump summit success

  • Print


In its first report on the landmark summit, the official KCNA news agency ran a glowing dispatch on the talks, describing them as an "epoch-making meeting" that would help foster "a radical switchover in the most hostile North Korea-US relations"

Reuters, Seoul  :

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were splashed across North Korea's official party newspaper on Wednesday as state media hailed Tuesday's historic summit between the two men.The North's state media framed Tuesday's summit as a win for Pyongyang as it listed concessions made by Trump, with North Korea's official party newspaper Rodong Sinmun dubbing the summit in Singapore "the meeting of the century" on its front page.
Trump expressed his intention to halt U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises, offer security guarantees to the North and lift sanctions against it as relations improve, according to a report by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
"Kim Jong Un and Trump had the shared recognition to the effect that it is important to abide by the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace, stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," KCNA said. The same report was later read by star North Korean broadcaster Ri Chun Hee on state television. Ri is best remembered outside North Korea for her emotional deliveries of the deaths of Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Un's father and grandfather.
The 75-year-old grandmother usually takes to the air for major announcements, including ebulliently reporting the news of North Korea's sixth and largest nuclear test last September. Photographs of Trump and Kim Jong Un crowded the first half of Wednesday's six-page Rodong Sinmun, the pair in various situations at the summit venue in Singapore.
In one photo on the front page, Trump was featured gesturing the way forward for Kim Jong Un, while four of the eight photos on the front page featured them shaking hands.
Other pages showed U.S. and North Korean officials having their extended meeting, a working lunch and later, Trump and Kim signing a joint agreement that marked the end to the summit.
Backdrops of U.S. and North Korean flags, both red white and blue, were also prominent in the Rodong Sinmun, which has previously lashed the United States as a 'gangster-like imperialist', and 'cancer-like entity'.
"Today's Rodong Sinmun wants to show Kim Jong Un played a huge part and seized a great victory," said Moon Hong-sik, research fellow at the Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS). "If you look at just the North Korean reports from today it seems this week's summit existed to create a new peace regime on the Korean peninsula and a new relationship with the United States. Denuclearization was just an appendage," he said.
The newspaper had been quick off the mark to cover Kim Jong Un's trip, plastering it's Tuesday edition with pictures and stories of Kim traveling with officials and sightseeing.
North Korea's official media brought a large number of reporters and camera operators to Singapore for the Kim trip, and they had access to various locations that was denied to media from elsewhere in the world.
According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un said it was "urgent" for North Korea and the United States to halt "irritating and hostile military actions against each other" during the talks on Tuesday.
Kim and Trump invited each other to their respective countries and both leaders "gladly accepted", KCNA reported. Trump's pledge to end joint exercises with South Korea without explicit concessions from North Korea to lower the military threat posed by Pyongyang took South Korean and U.S. military officials by surprise.
"For North Korea, they got exactly what they wanted," Moon Seong-mook, a former South Korean military official and current head of the Unification Strategy Center in Seoul. "They had a summit as a nuclear state with Kim on equal turf with Trump, got the United States to halt joint military exercises with South Korea.
It's a win for Kim Jong Un."
Moon said the North's report should be confirmed from the U.S. side, while another expert agreed the North Korean state media should be taken with a grain of salt.
"It's propaganda in the end," said Jeong Hyung-gon, a research fellow at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy. "They are expressing their thoughts in order to cover their weaknesses."

More News For this Category

Chinese bombers likely training for US strikes: Pentagon

Chinese bombers likely training for US strikes: Pentagon

AFP, Washington :Chinese bombers are likely training for strikes against US and allied targets in the Pacific, according to a new Pentagon report that also details how Beijing is transforming

Won't be silenced by Trump, says ex-CIA chief after being blacklisted

Won't be silenced by Trump, says ex-CIA chief after being blacklisted

Reuters, Washington :Former CIA Director John Brennan said on Thursday he would not be silenced by Donald Trump, a day after the U.S. president revoked the Obama-era official's security clearance

US threatens more action against Turkey unless pastor freed

US threatens more action against Turkey unless pastor freed

The US warned Thursday it would levy more sanctions on the troubled Turkish economy if Ankara does not soon release a jailed American pastor described by President Donald Trump as

Ex-Trump aide releases recording of $15,000 job offer to

Ex-Trump aide releases recording of $15,000 job offer to "buy silence"

AFP, Washington  :Former "Apprentice" and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman released an audio recording Thursday which appeared to show President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law trying to buy her silence.The disgruntled

Rain brings more misery to India's flooded Kerala as death toll rises to 164

Rain brings more misery to India's flooded Kerala as death toll rises to 164

Reuters, Bengaluru :The worst floods in a century in the Indian state of Kerala have killed 164 people and forced more than 200,000 into relief camps, officials said on Friday,

News in brief

Pak Presidential poll on Sept 4PTI, Islamabad: Pakistan will hold presidential elections on September 4 to elect President Mamnoon Hussain's successor at the end of his five-year-tenure, the pakistan election

China rebuffs Philippines President's South China Sea rebuke

China rebuffs Philippines President's South China Sea rebuke

Reuters, Beijing :China rebuffed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's call for Beijing to rethink its conduct in the South China Sea on Thursday, saying China had the right to react

War and Ebola: A double nightmare in eastern DR Congo

War and Ebola: A double nightmare in eastern DR Congo

AFP, Beni :First came the war, which developed into a brutal, bloody tussle between militias who abused civilians or killed them.Now Ebola, a name almost as dreaded as death

Georgia woman facing 'longest sentence' for leaking to media

Georgia woman facing 'longest sentence' for leaking to media

AP, Savannah :A Georgia woman who mailed a secret U.S. report to a news organization faces the "longest sentence" ever behind bars for a federal crime involving leaks to

News In Brief

Trump blacklists critical ex-CIA chief BrennanAFP, Washington Donald Trump revoked the security clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan Wednesday, warning several other prominent critics they too