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North Korea media said Trump agreed to lift sanctions. That’s not exactly true

North Korea’s official media described the unprecedented summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un as a “historic” success for the North Korean leader, underscoring the meeting’s propaganda value for a regime long isolated from the international community. The North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) called Tuesday’s summit an “epoch-making meeting much awaited by the whole world.” KCNA highlighted the concessions it said Trump made to Kim, including the claim that the president agreed to lift sanctions on Pyongyang as relations between the countries improved.Trump said the sanctions “will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor,” referring to Washington’s insistence that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons program. Trump said he would like to lift economic sanctions in return for Pyongyang denuclearizing, but said that there were no immediate plans to do so.The joint declaration signed by both leaders at the summit was also light on specific details of any policy changes. The KCNA report released Wednesday noted that Trump “expressed his intention to halt the U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises, which Pyongyang regards as provocation,” and would “offer security guarantees to the DPRK,” referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK.

 

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