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N. Korean state media and the “meeting of the century”

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North Koreans were informed by N. Korean state media on Wednesday about the meeting of their leader with the US President in Singapore on Tuesday. Local newspapers reported the summit between the U.S. and North Korea describing it as a win of Kim Jong Un.

Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) placed emphasis on Trump’s intention to halt US-South Korea U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises. The KCNA also mentioned that USA will lift sanctions against N. Korea. However, Trump’s stated that US will review this issue in the future depending on progress in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

According to KCNA, the Korean leader stated that it was “urgent” for the two countries to halt “irritating and hostile military actions against each other”.

President and North Korean leader signed a “comprehensive” joint statement after their historic summit in Singapore on Tuesday. Both leaders committed to work to promote peace and end war games in the Korean peninsula through its denuclearization. Nevertheless, the joint statement signed did not mention specific actions on how either goal would be achieved. To conclude, it was more a symbolic statement.

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Sources: Reuters, Euronews, bbc.com