Much-awaited meet attracts 3,000 journalists

| | Singapore

The strong personalities of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have drawn some 3,000 international journalists for their first-ever historic meeting to be held here on Tuesday.

It is the largest journalist gathering ever seen in an Asian event, surpassing the April summit between the two Koreas.

“The two leaders are very interesting personalities and speak out what they like, which makes it very good for television coverage,” said Peter Wang from Taiwan’s Eastern Broadcasting Co Ltd.

“The two leaders make it very interesting for TV news,” he said at the International Media Centre hosting some 3,000 journalists from around the world.

The successful conclusion of Tuesday’s summit will be good for the Pacific Region and could play a key role in defusing tensions between the two Koreas as well as between the US and North Korea, Wang said.

Kim has taken on a “soft image” and wants the US-imposed sanctions lifted with economic development support in exchange for denuclearisation, said Oliver Hotham, managing editor of the Seoul-headquartered N K News.

Kim has changed his hard and tough stance, he added.

Trump, on the other hand, is looking for political and diplomatic victories from the summit by reaching out a peace pact with the North Koreans, he said.

The North Koreans are looking for investments for development, Hotham said.



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