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The Latest: Trump slams media coverage of North Korea summit

109   //    18 Jun 2018, 21:34 IST
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on developments in inter-Korean relations after last week's landmark summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local):

11:55 p.m.

U.S. President Donald Trump is continuing his assault on the media by suggesting that its coverage of the North Korea summit would have been more favorable had his predecessor done it.

Trump tweeted Monday that "if President Obama...had gotten along with North Korea" and taken steps toward peace "the Fake News would have named him a national hero!"

The president also asserted without evidence that his predecessor "would have had to go to war with many millions of people being killed."

Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week in Singapore.

The president has strongly suggested that the meeting ensured that North Korea was no longer a threat. Some critics believe Trump made too many concessions and did not receive enough in return from North Korea.

8:15 p.m.

Seoul says the two Koreas have agreed to have their athletes march together during the opening and closing ceremonies of the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia.

South Korea's Sports Ministry said in a statement that the two Koreas reached the agreement in talks at the border village of Panmunjom on Monday.

It said the Koreas also agreed to form combined teams for some unspecified events in the Asian Games in August.

It said the two Koreas will also hold friendly basketball matches in Pyongyang and Seoul in the coming months.

Monday's agreement came days after U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Singapore for a historic summit and agreed to work toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.


3 p.m.

Sports officials from the rival Koreas met at a border village on Monday to discuss how to cooperate in the Asian Games being held in Indonesia in August.

A flurry of inter-Korean talks are underway after last week's landmark summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un extended a temporary detente on the Korean Peninsula.

Monday's talks at the Panmunjom village were to focus on whether to conduct a joint march and field joint teams in certain events in the Asian Games, according to South Korea's Sports Ministry.

The two Koreas plan to hold a series of talks in the coming days on resuming reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War; reconnecting severed cross-border railway and road connections; and establishing a liaison office in the North. Generals of the Koreas met last Thursday and agreed to restore military hotline communication channels.

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