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Trump-Kim Summit

South Korea's media split over Trump-Kim summit

Conservative newspapers lash out, while liberal daily hails historic meeting

A man reads a newspaper in Seoul on June 12 with coverage of the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.   © AP

SINGAPORE -- South Korean media were sharply divided in their assessments of Tuesday's historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with conservative news outlets blasting the meeting and one liberal paper lauding it.

In an editorial, major conservative daily The Chosun Ilbo said the joint declaration issued after the meeting was "unbelievably absurd," pointing to the fact it does not even specify a deadline for the North's dismantlement of nuclear weapons.

Referring to Trump's suggestion to end the joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises, the editorial described the meeting as the worst possible outcome for South Koreans.

Another conservative paper, The Korea JoongAng Daily, expressed its dismay with a front-page headline that read: "Trump shock."

By contrast, liberal daily The Hankyoreh rhapsodized over the fact the first-ever meeting between the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea took place at all.

"Trump and Kim have reached a major milestone in establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia," its Wednesday editorial said. It also praised South Korean President Moon Jae-in for his role in mediating between the two countries and bringing about a successful meeting.

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