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North Korea hails ‘historic’ Kim-Trump summit

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea hails the weekend meeting between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in the Demilitarized Zone as “historic,” as analysts say Pyongyang is looking to shape the narrative to its own agenda.

The two leaders agreed to “resume and push forward productive dialogues for making a new breakthrough in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” the official Korean Central News Agency says.

After a Twitter invitation by the US president on Saturday, the two men met a day later in the strip of land that has divided the peninsula for 66 years since the end of the Korean War, when the two countries and their allies fought each other to a standstill. Kim and Trump shook hands over the concrete slabs dividing North and South before Trump walked a few paces into Pyongyang’s territory — the first US president ever to set foot on North Korean soil.

“The top leaders of the DPRK and the US exchanging historic handshakes at Panmunjom” was an “amazing event,” KCNA says, describing the truce village as a “place that had been known as the symbol of division” and referring to past “inglorious relations” between the countries.

— AFP

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