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Trump’s visit to North Korea, an “Amazing” Development – KCNA

North Korea’s state media has hailed leader Kim Jong Un’s meeting with US President Donald Trump at the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas as “an amazing event”, as Japan’s prime minister expressed hopes the meeting would lead to progress.

The Korean Central News Agency, KCNA, said Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump agreed to “resume and push forward productive dialogues for making a new breakthrough in the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”.

The two leaders shook hands over the concrete slabs dividing North and South before the US president walked a few paces into North Korean’s territory – to become the first sitting US president to set foot in the country, accompanied by leader Kim Jong-un.

Mr. Trump had earlier tweeted asking Mr. Kim if he would like to meet while the US president was in South Korea.

In an unprecedented move, the official KCNA carried the visit extensively, North Koreans rarely receive news of the outside world, and the heavily controlled media has depicted the US as its most hated enemy for decades.

Images of the US president walking into the North as a friend of Mr. Kim will be an extraordinary sight for ordinary North Koreans.

Negotiations over North Korea’s controversial nuclear programme have stalled since the second summit between the two leaders ended without an agreement in February.

Meanwhile, the Japanese media reported that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe supported what he called the “process” between the US and North Korea.

Aljazeera/BBC

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