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North Korean KCNA anchor Ri Chun-hee. (YouTube / NBC News)

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Here’s how North Koreans received news of the Trump-Kim summit

June 13, 2018

TV viewers in North Korea, who are deprived of the internet and basically cut off from the rest of the world, learned about the historic summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un the way they get all their big news: from legendary anchorwoman Ri Chun-hee.

Ri focused on Trump’s concession to cease joint military exercises it periodically holds with South Korea. Watch a highlight from the report via NBC News above. Her signature style even captured the attention of Trump later in the week when he saw a clip of her broadcast, The Washington Post reported. According to anonymous White House sources cited by the Post, the president was taken with how positively Ri spoke about the North Korean dictator as she delivered the news.

“The U.S. president expressed his intention to halt the U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises, which the DPRK (North Korean) side regards as provocation, over a period of goodwill dialogue between the DPRK and the U.S. (and his intention to) offer security guarantees to the DPRK and lift sanctions against it as mutual relations improve through dialogue and negotiation,” Ri tells viewers in the news bulletin on Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

“Dear Respected Supreme Commander invited Trump to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time and Trump invited Kim to visit the U.S. The two top leaders gladly accepted each other’s invitations and are convinced that it would serve as another important occasion for improved DPRK-U.S. relations.”

The video from NBC has been edited and it’s worth noting that Ri makes no mention of Kim having signed a joint agreement with Trump pledging denuclearization. However, Reuters reports that the full segment aired by KCNA included the following statement, which was also read by Ri during her portion of the broadcast.

“Kim Jong Un and Trump had the shared recognition to the effect that it is important to abide by the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace, stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” The summit between the two bombastic leaders made global headlines and was huge news in North Korea. According to Reuters, the cover of North Korea’s official state newspaper Rodong Sinmun billed the summit as the “the meeting of the century.”

For more of Ri’s work announcing the news of the summit, watch the video below.


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