North Korea media praises Kim Jong-un as summit victor, credits him for peace

Hardly mentioned denuclearisation.

Tanya Ong | June 13, 2018 @ 05:52 pm

The Trump-Kim summit took place on Wednesday, June 12.

During the meeting, both leaders signed a joint declaration.

The terms in the declaration included establishing new US-DPRK relations, commitment to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, as well as recovering Prisoners-of-War (POWs) remains.

North Korean media praised Kim

North Korean media reported on the momentous summit in their characteristic fashion.

The ruling Workers’ Party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, ran photographs of Kim and Trump, calling it the “meeting of the century” to bring an end to “extreme, hostile relations”.

These are the screenshots and supposed translations by Twitter user Peter Ward:

On June 13, North Korean media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) also praised Kim’s efforts in the historic summit:

“The DPRK-U.S. summit talks held in Singapore with success amid enthusiastic support and welcome of the whole world comes to be a great event of great significance in further promoting… peace, stability and prosperity being created in the Korean Peninsula and the region.”

The report, which mentioned “Kim Jong-un” a total of 16 times, framed the North Korean leader as the one who had the upper hand in the summit.

KCNA highlighted both sides’ commitment to “halting irritating and hostile military actions against each other”, but made sure to credit Kim’s “proactive peace-loving measures” in improving US-DPRK relations.

But more importantly, the report highlighted that Trump expressed his intentions to “halt the US-South Korea joint military exercises”

For North Koreans, these annual military exercises have been regarded as a sign of provocation, and are seen to be a rehearsal for invasion.

Denuclearisation not emphasised

However, the North Korean media reports hardly talked about denuclearisation.

In KCNA‘s entire report, “denuclearisation” was only mentioned twice.

The report stated that legal and institutional steps taken to guarantee denuclearisation are required to “achieve peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula”.

According to Twitter user Peter Ward’s translations, denuclearisation was also only referenced twice in Rodong Sinmun‘s four pages of reporting.

Compare this to reporting by Western media agencies such as ReutersThe Guardian and CNN.

They stand in stark contrast, choosing instead on focusing on the security implications of the agreement, such as the details of denuclearisation.

Trump concerned with denuclearisation

In two tweets on June 13, US President Donald Trump also emphasised his concerns with the nuclear threat.

With the summit, Trump said that the world “has taken a big step back from potential nuclear catastrophe”.

There is no limit to what NoKo can achieve when it gives up its nuclear weapons and embraces commerce & engagement w/ the world. Chairman Kim has before him the opportunity to be remembered as the leader who ushered in a glorious new era of security & prosperity for his citizens!

The World has taken a big step back from potential Nuclear catastrophe! No more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research! The hostages are back home with their families. Thank you to Chairman Kim, our day together was historic!


Top photo from White House & screenshot from KCNA

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