North Korean media hails Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un's meeting as a success

North Korean media hails Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un's meeting as a success

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

State-run North Korean media has hailed the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un as a success.

The two leaders met yesterday in Singapore and signed a document that laid out terms for a new relationship between the US and North Korea, including a commitment for Mr Kim to work towards complete denuclearisation.

Trump assured assembled media that Mr Kim would start working on that as soon as he arrived back in North Korea, but critics have pointed out that the clause doesn’t include further detail about denuclearisation plans.

Mr Kim also made a similar agreement with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in April.

"President Trump appreciated that an atmosphere of peace and stability was created on the Korean peninsula and in the region, although distressed with the extreme danger of armed clash only a few months ago, thanks to the proactive peace-loving measures taken by the respected Supreme Leader from the outset of this year," said a summary of the summit by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

Yesterday’s meeting provided a prime opportunity for propaganda for the DPRK, whose leader has made a sharp turn into diplomacy this year, meeting with South Korea and now the US.

It’s a contrast to his previous preference for testing nuclear weapons and trading insults with Trump.

In May, North Korea destroyed its Punggye-ri nuclear test site in front of watching media.

At yesterday’s press conference, Trump was quizzed on the human rights issues in North Korea, which he said were discussed “at length”.

Professor Scott Lucas, international politics expert at the University of Birmingham, told talkRADIO: "North Korea has not had to give up anything tangible

"While Kim as in the room, Trump couldn't say anything about human rights. After he left, he answered the question."