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Korean media celebrates Trump-Kim summit

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US President Donald Trump agreed that denuclearization of the Korean peninsula would require a step-by-step approach and made a number of other concessions, North Korean state media reported on Wednesday after his historic meeting with leader Kim Jong Un.

The North's state media framed Tuesday's summit as a win for Pyongyang, dubbing it "the meeting of the century" on the front page of its official party newspaper.

Trump expressed his intention to halt US-South Korea joint military exercises, offer security guarantees to the North and lift sanctions against it as relations improve, according to a report by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The US president had said in a press conference on Tuesday he would like to lift sanctions against North Korea but it would not happen immediately.

"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," KCNA said.

There was little else mentioned about the denuclearization of North Korea in the statement, which mainly focused on stopping hostilities between North Korea and the United States.

-Reuters, Seoul

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