North Korean state media has hailed the United States President, Donald Trump’s impromptu visit to the country as “an amazing event”.
On Sunday, Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea, accompanied by leader Kim Jong-un.
President Trump crossed over the demarcation line at the Demilitarized Military Zone (DMZ) that divides the two Korea countries and entered into the North Korean area of the border to shake hands with Chairman Kim.
The symbolic meeting came after the US President’s invitation on Twitter to his North Korean counterpart via Twitter on Saturday.
On Monday, KCNA carried extensive coverage of the unprecedented meeting.
North Koreans rarely receive news of the outside world, and the heavily controlled media has depicted the US as its most hated enemy for decades.
The KCNA called the last-minute meeting an “amazing event”, noting that the leaders had exchanged “historic handshakes at Panmunjom, a place that had been known as the symbol of division”.
It quoted Mr Kim as saying it was his “good personal relations with President Trump that made such a dramatic meeting possible at just a day’s notice”.
They would “continue to produce good results unpredictable by others and work as a mysterious force overcoming manifold difficulties and obstacles in the future,” it said.
Confirming comments from Mr Trump, KCNA said the leaders had agreed to “keep in close touch in the future” and to “resume and push forward productive dialogues for making a new breakthrough in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and in the bilateral relations”.
Images of the US president walking into the North as a friend of Mr Kim will be an extraordinary sight for ordinary North Koreans.
Relations between the United States and North Korea has been virtually non-existent until President Trump decided to meet with Chairman Kim at their first summit in Singapore.
Their second summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, ended abruptly without agreement on North Korea’s progress towards denuclearisation.
The US president has repeatedly insisted that North Korea must dismantle its nuclear arsenal before economic sanctions can be lifted.