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North Korean state media reports Kim, Trump agreed to establish stable bilateral relations during summit Updated: 2018-06-13 14:09:24 KST


Less than 24 hours after the historic face-to-face, Pyongyang's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim Jong-un had held his first summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.
It said the two leaders agreed that the idea of "step-by-step" and "simultaneous" actions are important in achieving peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.
The report also quoted Kim as saying he demanded Trump suspend the joint South Korea-U.S. military drills and the U.S. leader understood that demand.
The North Korean leader also said if the U.S. works to build trust together, the regime will come up with corresponding measures.
The report also said that, during the summit, Trump recognized the importance of a phased, simultaneous approach to denuclearization and added that he expressed a willingness to remove sanctions on North Korea if bilateral relations improve.
The comprehensive report on the summit that the world watched in real-time was broadcast shortly after Kim arrived back in North Korea from Singapore.
Such a report, while not especially unusual, is noteworthy because of the speed at which it was released for public consumption.
That same state news agency reported Monday that Kim boarded "a Chinese plane for his personal use" on the morning of June 10th to Singapore, giving details of what the meeting with President Trump would entail.
The regime's state-run news outlets have a long tradition of keeping Kim's movements and activities a closely guarded secret, at least until after the events have concluded.
North Korean watchers, reflecting on this early coverage, say it's "certainly out of character", and there may really be a positive change happening inside North Korea.
Park Se-young, Arirang News.

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