Residents using the subway system in Pyongyang on Wednesday swarmed around publicly displayed newspapers reporting the previous day’s summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, reflecting their intense interest in the diplomatic event involving their leader.
Reporting for the first time the summit’s outcome in close step with the country’s other official media, Wednesday’s issue of the Rodong Sinmun featured dozens of related photos, including of the two leaders shaking hands in front of a row of North Korean and U.S. flags, as well as articles spread over four pages.
“I can’t believe they went so far as to issue a joint statement,” a woman murmured as she gazed at a copy of the official party newspaper displayed inside a subway station in the capital.
Another woman was seen smiling and reading aloud from an article on the summit as her finger traced its letters. “The first summit in history was held (between North Korea and the United States),” she said softly.
Each time a train arrived at the station, many people stopped to read the newspaper. As many as about 50 people swarmed around two newspaper displays in the area at some point, some of them jostling with one another for a better vantage point.
Some people around another subway station were seen checking their smartphones to read news reports about the summit.
The official Korean Central News Agency reported Wednesday that at their summit in Singapore, Trump and Kim agreed on the importance of “step-by-step and simultaneous action” for denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
Trump also expressed his intention to halt the U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises during a period of “good-will dialogue” between the United States and North Korea, offer security guarantees to Pyongyang and lift sanctions against it, according to the report.