What’s more, the paper quotes Kim saying that (paywall) he “plans to learn much from [Singapore] and their amazing knowledge and experience,” and that he “got to know Singapore’s economic power and development as well as their amazing rise.” For the Supreme Leader to say he can learn things from other countries—and for state media to print it—is highly unusual.

Some North Korea watchers even wondered whether this aspect of the domestic media coverage was more significant than the meeting with Trump.

The speed at which the news reached North Koreans was also a surprise. The photos of Kim’s walk, which took place on Monday evening, were shown in Tuesday’s issue of the paper. The coverage also had a sense of fun to it, in stark contrast to the more sober style to which readers are accustomed.

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