North Korean media claims summit with US a win for the country

Reports have emerged that the North Korean media is claiming that the meeting between US President Donald Trump and its leader Kim Jong Un is a huge win for North Korea as the US President has agreed that denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula would require a step-by-step approach and made a number of other concessions.

According to reports in the North Korean media, Tuesday’s summit is a win for Pyongyang. The report also dubbed the meeting as “the meeting of the century”. According to the report, Trump expressed his intention to halt US-South Korea joint military exercises, offer security guarantees to the North and lift sanctions against it as relations improve.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) didn’t mention much about denuclearisation of North Korea in the statement and it mostly focused on stopping hostilities between North Korea and the United States.

The US president had said in a press conference on Tuesday he would like to lift sanctions against North Korea but it would not happen immediately.

“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 denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula,” KCNA said.

Photographs of Trump and Kim Jong Un crowded the first half of Wednesday’s six-page Rodong Sinmun newspaper, featuring the two shaking hands, sitting together and walking alongside each other at the summit venue in Singapore.

Other pages showed US 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.

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.

North Korea and the United States should commit to avoid antagonizing each other and take legal, institutional steps to guarantee it, the KCNA report quoted Kim as saying.

The report added Trump said he “understood” and promised to halt joint US-South Korea military exercises while talks with the North were continuing.

Kim and Trump invited each other to their respective countries and both leaders “gladly accepted”, KCNA reported.