North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump held in-depth discussions during their first day of meetings in Hanoi to produce "epoch-making results" at this week's summit, Pyongyang's official news agency reported on Feb. 28, 2019.
|U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un smile during a dinner at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on Feb. 27, 2019, in this photo captured from the Twitter account of the White House.|
"Considerable progress made in the bilateral relations after the Singapore summit were highly appreciated and sincere and deep opinions were exchanged with a view to making comprehensive and epoch-making results in the talks in order to meet the interest and expectation of the whole world for the successful Hanoi summit," the Korean Central News Agency said.
The KCNA said their summit in Hanoi started thanks to the "ardent wishes" and "extraordinary determination" of the two leaders to end confrontation and enmity and usher in peace and prosperity in their place.
On Feb. 27, 2019, Kim and Trump held around half an hour of one-on-one talks, the first day of their two-day summit, which was followed by a small group social dinner also involving their top aides.
Trump touted "great meetings" and "very good dialogue." Kim said he would do his best to produce a "great outcome" to be welcomed by all people.
The KCNA's report on the first day of talks between the leaders was quick and detailed.
The report covered remarks the two leaders made during the meetings and the time and place of the meetings. It came just around eight hours after the dinner ended.
The agency reported that Kim and Trump will meet again Thursday, the last day of their two-day summit. The North's official newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, also devoted its entire front page to coverage of the meetings.
North Korea's media have been active in their coverage of the Kim -Trump summit in contrast with their tendency to remain secretive about their leader's trip.
Kim and Trump met after their first-ever meeting in Singapore last June, which produced a vaguely worded agreement on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The two are expected to focus on fleshing out the Singapore agreement by including additional concrete denuclearization steps from North Korea and corresponding measures from the U.S., possibly including easing sanctions and improving ties that Pyongyang has long demanded. (Yonhap)
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