SEOUL – North Korean state media reported on Thursday the return of its leader Kim Jong-un, who has successfully concluded the historic summit with US President Donald Trump that has shocked the world and opened a new chapter of relations with the United States.
Kim was warmly greeted by leading officials of the North Korean Workers’ Party and the government at the Pyongyang International Airport, where the Chinese plane “for his personal use” landed at 7:00 am local time Wednesday (2200 GMT Tuesday), the state news agency KCNA reported.
The North Korean politburo congratulated Kim for “steering the geopolitical situations surrounding the Korean Peninsula and opening a new chapter in relations between North Korea and the US with energetic external activities,” the media reported.
Kim left Sentosa Island, Singapore, on Tuesday night after starring with US President Donald Trump at the first-ever summit between Pyongyang and Washington, where they pledged to build new relations and work for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Minister of Education Ong Ye Kung came out to Singapore’s Changi International Airport to send Kim off, KCNA reported.
Walking on a red carpet and flanked by soldiers, the supreme leader was greeted in Pyongyang with a welcome back ceremony, as seen in cover photos published on Wednesday by both KCNA and the main North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun.
The summit in Singapore was the first between the leaders of North Korea and the US after nearly 70 years of confrontation, and 25 years of failed negotiations and tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.