North Korean media travel with the motorcade of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un towards Sentosa for his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, in Singapore June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo
Breaking from usual traditions, the North Korean Newspaper crammed the front page with photographs of its reclusive leader Kim Jong Un just hour after he wrapped up a surprise evening sightseeing tour of Singapore on June 11. However, little was mentioned about Tuesday’s historic summit.
According to Reuters News Agency, the Tuesday morning edition of the official newspaper of the Workers’ Party of Korea Rodong Sinmun featured 14 photographs of Kim jovially walking with officials from the city-state at a tropical garden as well as beside an infinity pool.
The speed of the coverage in Rodong Sinmun and other state media is unusual in a country where events are often reported a full day, if not longer, after they happen, it said. This is the furthest Kim is known to have traveled since he came to power in 2011 and North Korea’s official media brought a large number of reporters and camera operators to Singapore, the report informed.
However, while all other international networks went live with Kim and Trump’s first handshake and opening remarks at their meeting, the official Korean Central Television remained blank, choosing not to break with its usual broadcast schedule. By the early evening, the country’s tightly-controlled media had completely ignored the meeting, the CNN International reported.
The main headlines on website of the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the state news agency of North Korea hours after the conclusion of the summit were about Kim sending greetings to Russian President, symposium on Greenhouse, observation of Sweden National day and other stories.