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N.K. news outlet reports Kim's return from Trump summit

2018/06/14 08:47

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SEOUL, June 14 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's state media said Thursday that its leader Kim Jong-un has returned to Pyongyang after "successfully" completing his landmark summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore.

Kim and Trump held their first-ever summit meeting on the Singaporean resort island of Sentosa on Tuesday and signed a joint statement in which they vowed to build "new" relations, and Kim committed to work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The Korean Central News Agency said Kim was "warmly" greeted by officials from the North's ruling party and the government who lauded him for ushering in "a new phase of the DPRK-U.S. relations while steering the political situation on the Korean Peninsula with his energetic external activities."

   On Wednesday, the KCNA provided details on the agreements the two leaders reached in the summit.

It, in particular, emphasized that Kim and Trump shared the view that "step-by-step" and "simultaneous" actions are important to achieve peace and denuclearization.

The phased process is what the North has wanted apparently in order to get as much concessions as possible from the U.S. at every step of major dismantlement, while the U.S. wants a complete and speedy approach.

In the summit agreement, Kim and Trump affirmed their commitment to "complete" denuclearization, falling short of the U.S.' longtime demand for a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the North.

kokobj@yna.co.kr

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