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[Published: Wednesday June 13 2018]

 North Korea media celebrate Trump-Kim summit


PYONGYANG 13 Jun (ANA) - North Korea has celebrated the Trump-Kim summit as a great win for the country, with state media reporting that the US intends to lift sanctions.

The two leaders met on Tuesday, signing a brief declaration on denuclearisation and reducing tensions.

President Donald Trump said afterwards that sanctions would remain in place for now, but would be lifted once "nukes are no longer a factor".

He also announced an unexpected end to US-South Korea military drills.

The move - long demanded by Pyongyang - has been seen as a major concession to North Korea and appeared to take US allies in the region by surprise.

The Pentagon has since sought to reassure its allies of its "ironclad" security commitments.

North Korea's media is tightly controlled by the government and only ever reports positively on officials' activities. It rarely reports on leader Kim Jong-un's activities in real time.

But Tuesday's summit in Singapore was front page news on Wednesday, with multiple images of Mr Kim alongside Mr Trump.

Official newspaper Rodong Sinmun called the summit "the meeting of the century" on its front page.

State media agency KCNA published an enthusiastic article in English praising the talks as a historic break from the past.

The declaration signed at the end of the summit said the two countries would co-operate towards "new relations", while the US would provide "security guarantees" to North Korea.(ANA)
FA/ANA/13 June 2018----------
 

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