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Kim-Trump summit making headlines in international media Updated: 2018-06-13 22:08:39 KST


As a historic moment in history, the Kim Jong-un-Trump summit attracted huge attention from the press, with three major media centers set up in Singapore.
But just like different countries have different stakes in the summit, the international media have taken different views of it and highlighted different things.

(chinese)
"Many in the Chinese media are very positive about this summit. Their main focus was the denuclearization program, since China is a neighbor of both Koreas, and a possible nuclear bomb or a war is very threatening to China as well."

(english)
"True although it was light on details, I think this represents an overall positiveness in North Korea-U.S. relations which hadn't existed before."

Japanese media, including NHK and Nihon Keizai Shimbun -- focused on the abductee issue, that was mentioned at the summit, according to Trump. They expressed hope that the issue would be resolved and how important it is to Japan's Prime Minister, who is facing political problems at home.

But there were also media skeptical of the result as well, (many of which are based in the U.S.)
The Washington Post reported that the summit was a huge success for the North Korean leader, claiming that President Trump made huge concessions to Kim.
CNN focused on the military pullback Trump had mentioned as something he would do in the future. Quoting experts, CNN said the move was a unilateral decision that alarmed America's allies, namely South Korea and Japan.

And there were also many divided reports on the summit from media within the same country.
One is South Korea, one of the greatest stakeholders in the latest developments.

(korean)
"This series of rapid diplomatic changes is unprecedented. And it cannot be understood in the framework of the past. So many South Korean reporters seem to have had difficulty dissecting this summit, and the different political colors their media have could come in to play when they look at these events."

While many South Korean media were positive and hopeful about the results of the summit, some also raised concerns about Trump's military pullback and skepticism about why North Korea's denuclearization has not been spelled out with the phrase "completely, verifiably and irreversibly."

(standup)
"Many in the global media have pointed out that lack of detail and vague wording. But with efforts to implement the deal to start soon, we'll find out whether this was because the two leaders trust each other, as Trump says, or whether it was because they disagreed.
Lee Ji-won, Arirang News, Singapore.
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