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Korean state media hails Kim-Trump summit success

Korean state media hails Kim-Trump summit success

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday in Singapore.

The meeting was the first time a sitting United States president has met North Korea's leader.

During a sendoff ceremony at Pyongyang International Airport, Kim boarded a Chinese plane provided for his personal use after greeting senior officials who came to bid him farewell, KCNA reported. It rarely reports on leader Kim Jong-un's activities in real time.

As the two flags hung side-by-side in the backdrop for the first time ever, both Kim and Trump expressed hope that their summit would be fruitful.

It was not immediately clear what specific progress, if any, had been made in preliminary discussions between U.S. and North Korean officials. "And he has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again".

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise described positive steps from the meeting, such as Kim saying he's willing to take steps toward denuclearization.

"I think, without Otto, this would not have happened", Trump told reporters.

Most of us realize that the hysterical anti-Trump resistance has difficulty keeping its talking points straight.

But ordinary North Koreans are not confident improvement in US-North Korea relations will last long, defectors have said.

As such, North Koreans might have been surprised to see their country's newspapers filled with photos depicting Trump and Kim as equals today (June 13), following the two leaders' meeting in Singapore yesterday (June 12).

But there was no mentioning the previous USA aim of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization".

That's stark but also clearly the only alternative if North Korea cheats or delays or in any significant way departs from this commitment.

"Korea is now going to be the most exciting country in the world", he said during an interview on "Making Money" Tuesday.

Kim's biggest task in the months ahead will most likely be to try to push China, his country's key trading partner, to lift its sanctions and to entice South Korea to start once again offering crucial investment in joint ventures and infrastructure projects.

More than 35,000 Americans were killed on the Korean peninsula during the war, with 7,700 of these USA troops still listed as missing in action - a lot of them in North Korea. Hannity talks to the President off-camera regularly and Trump makes regular appearances on Fox News programs like "Fox & Friends" and "Justice with Judge Jeanine".

Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, who served as a top USA negotiator with Pyongyang before the last attempt at diplomacy broke down in 2009, was more optimistic.

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