North Korea media herald Kim's Singapore stroll

North Korea media herald Kim's Singapore stroll

Fulsome praise for another country is unusual for North Korea's media
Fulsome praise for another country is unusual for North Korea's media. (Photo: AFP/KCNA via KNS)

PYONGYANG: North Korea's state media lauded Singapore on Tuesday (Jun 12) as they highlighted Kim Jong Un's visit to some of its top tourist attractions.

A few hours ahead of his historic summit with United States President Donald Trump - the first encounter between a leader of the isolated, nuclear-armed North and a sitting US president - Kim took a break from preparations for a waterfront stroll.

He was accompanied by Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan and Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung - with whom he posed for selfies - and surrounded by officials as police held back pursuing reporters.

Kim at Gardens by the Bay
(From left) Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung. (Photo: Vivian Balakrishnan/Facebook)

But images of the young leader are carefully controlled and managed in the isolated North, and travelling media from Pyongyang enjoyed close access to their leader.

No fewer than 14 images of his visit to the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) hotel, casino and convention centre and other sights were printed on the front page of the state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper.


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Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walking at Marina Bay Sands hotel during a tour in Singapore. (Photo: AFP/KCNA via KNS)

It showed him smiling on the MBS' rooftop Sky Park observation platform, adding he "learned about the social and economic development" of Singapore.

Other pictures showed onlookers taking pictures of Kim, who has made only two previous trips beyond the Korean peninsula as leader, both of them to China.

Praising Singapore's "clean and beautiful" environment, Kim vowed to "learn a lot from the good knowledge and experience of Singapore in various fields in the future," the newspaper added.

Kim sister at Gardens by the Bay
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister and close aide Kim Yo Jong (in white) is seen at the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.

The fulsome praise for another country is unusual for the media in the impoverished North, which generally do not show detailed images of affluent foreign countries.

The bright lights of the Singaporean cityscape are a notable contrast to Pyongyang, much of which remains dimly lit at night despite Kim overseeing a number of prestige development projects during his rule.


Source: AFP/zl

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