How North Korean state media are covering Trump-Kim summit

How North Korean state media are covering Trump-Kim summit

Ri Chun Hee Trump Kim Summit
Newsreader Ri Chun Hee reading a news bulletin on Jun 11, 2018. (Screengrab: KCNA)

SINGAPORE: State media in North Korea on Monday (Jun 11) covered Kim Jong Un’s arrival in Singapore in a news bulletin.

The Korea Central Television (KCTV) bulletin, which was helmed by famed newsreader Ri Chun Hee, showed stills of Kim inspecting a guard-of-honour at Pyongyang airport before his departure to Singapore on Sunday.

Another still photo in the KCTV news clip showed him shaking hands with North Korean officials, with another showing him waving from outside the Air China 747 jumbo which brought him to Singapore.

The Rodong Sinmun newspaper of the ruling Workers’ Party devoted its first two pages and 16 photos to Kim’s trip. 

Rodong Sinmun
The Rodong Sinmun's coverage of the Trump-Kim summit on Jun 11, 2018. 

The news report also showed his arrival in Singapore, where he was greeted by Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, as well as stills of his convoy’s journey to St Regis hotel, where he is staying for the summit.

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A screengrab from North Korean media showing Kim Jong Un's meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. 

The official KCNA news agency called the summit “historic”, saying it would take place in a “changed era” and “under the great attention and expectation of the whole world”.

Kim would exchange “wide-ranging and profound views” on issues including “building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula” and “realising the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula”, it added.

It formally referred to Trump by his full name in the Monday report, including his middle initial — the first time it has done so.

Kim’s meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was also covered in the seven-minute news bulletin. 

The summit, a first between the heads of state of North Korea and the United States, will be held on Tuesday at Sentosa's Capella hotel. 

More than 2,500 journalists from around the world have converged on Singapore to cover the summit.

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Source: CNA/Agencies/rw

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