Korean paper quick to carry many photos of Kim's Singapore trip


Kim Jong Un's distinctive signature, penned on a historic agreement with US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, indicates his ambition and creativity, handwriting experts said.

During a sendoff ceremony at Pyongyang International Airport, Kim boarded a Chinese plane provided for his personal use after greeting senior officials who came to bid him farewell, KCNA reported.

"Today's Rodong Sinmun wants to show Kim Jong Un played a huge part and seized a great victory", said Moon Hong-sik, research fellow at the Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS).

The 33 photos seen in Wednesday's Rodong Sinmun were far fewer than the 61 featured in the Rodong the day after the April 27 inter-Korean summit but the April event had been a one-day trip for Kim Jong Un while Kim was in Singapore for three. "And he has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again".

Trump said Tuesday that he would invite Kim to the White House at an "appropriate time". People have been down this road before, but I'm not also going to be unduly negative, ' Mr Shorten told reporters in Perth.

"Although not part of the joint declaration, Mr Trump said after the summit that sanctions "will come off" once the USA is sure that the nukes are no longer a factor".

Most of us realize that the hysterical anti-Trump resistance has difficulty keeping its talking points straight.

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

North Korea has been an isolated nation since it first divided from South Korea after the end of World War II in 1945.

Kim takes similar precautions during his travels inside North Korea to inspect military bases and state-run factories, according to South Korea news agency DailyNK. Trump grasped Kim's right arm as they shook, and then, later, took hold of Kim's left arm as they turned to face the cameras and the world, both their expressions momentarily deadening before they turned to face each other again, and smiled.

We can't know if Kim Jong Un understands this, but President Trump did everything he could to make the message clear and the offer of an alternative bright and enticing.

A bonus for today's summit is that direct relations between North Korea and the USA would dampen China's influence somewhat, though not completely.

"Singapore, the country of the epoch-making meeting much awaited by the whole world, was awash with thousands of domestic and foreign journalists and a large crowd of masses to see this day's moment which will remain long in history", KCNA noted.