NSC Official Says North Korea Media Reports Are A Sign for “Optimism”

June 11, 2018

Singapore- Emerald Robinson, Chief White House Correspondent

A senior White House official tells One America News that the recent reports from North Korea state run media regarding the summit in Singapore between President Trump and Kim Jong Un is a “sign for optimism.”

After weeks of silence regarding the upcoming summit, KCNA finally began reporting on the meeting Monday morning. An editorial in Rodong Sinmun, a state-run newspaper, confirmed that Mr Kim had travelled to Singapore to meet Mr Trump and that “we will establish a new relationship to meet the changing demands of the new era”.  The editorial went on to say that the leaders will exchange opinions on how to “establish a permanent and peaceful regime in the Korean peninsula and to solve problems that are of common concern, including issues to realise the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.  The piece even raised the idea of normalisatition saying “we shall seek normalisation through dialogue.”

North Korea’s state run television network, KCNA, also reported on the leader’s trip to Singapore saying Kim will exchange “wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK (North Korea)-U.S. relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of realizing the denuclearization” and other issues.”  The Trump Administration official said this is a cause for “optimism” given KCNA’s “history of reporting.”

Some foreign policy experts say that these reports could indicate a sincerity on the part of Kim in regards to his claims of desiring denuclearizaiton and normalisation.  This is a sharp departure from the typical message of state-run media which some say could indicate that this time things could be different.

The two leaders are set to meet at the Capella Hotel, a luxury hotel on a private island, at 9:00 a.m. local time Tuesday.  The president is also feeling “optimistic” tweeting that “excitement is in the air” early Monday morning.


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