North Korean Media Focuses on Progress, Not Failures in Summit

Reports present summit as a 'constructive and candid exchange'

The failure of this week’s Hanoi Summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un looked pretty negative at first. North Korea’s foreign minister even expressed doubts about whether future talks were going to happen .

But the state media, the most reliable metric of where North Korea’s government stands on international issues is taking a much different tack. They are focusing on the progress that was made, and the hopes for the future talks.

The Rodong newspaper hailed the “constructive and candid exchange of opinions” between the two sides, and was quick to say that the North Korean government was not going to walk away from the opportunity for more talks.

US officials have also said they intend to continue to talks. So far, however, neither side has provided any indication on when the two sides will get together again, and it’s likely to be lower-level talks for the time being.

Author: Jason Ditz

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