Duo thought to be N. Korean journalists cause a stir

The two men in black suits, believed to be part of the North Korean delegation, in Tanglin Road yesterday. They were allowed onto two closed lanes of the four-lane road.
The two men in black suits, believed to be part of the North Korean delegation, in Tanglin Road yesterday. They were allowed onto two closed lanes of the four-lane road.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Two men caused a frenzy among international media waiting outside The St Regis Singapore yesterday for the arrival of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his entourage.

Red badges on their black suits carrying the faces of former North Korean supreme leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il first gave clues they were North Korean media personnel.They were also allowed to film the scene outside the Orchard Road hotel from the road, rather than being in the cordoned-off area where the media stayed.

They were allowed onto two closed lanes of the four-lane Tanglin Road at about 2pm as security officers kept others away. Cameras and filming equipment in tow, they took pictures and set up a video camera, waiting for the North Korean motorcade to arrive from Changi Airport.

"Are you from North Korea?" some called out. But the duo, believed to be part of the North Korean delegation, remained silent.

The Straits Times understands at least three North Korean media personnel applied for accreditation for the summit between Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump tomorrow.

Not much is known of the media in North Korea except that its press is under state control. Delays are a norm when reporting their leader's movements, such as during April's summit between Mr Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae In, which Korean Central News Agency reported on a day after it was over.

Till late last night, the North Korean media had yet to report on Mr Kim's visit to Singapore. Instead, the most recent reports about him related to his visit to a seafood restaurant in Pyongyang on Saturday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2018, with the headline 'Duo thought to be N. Korean journalists cause a stir'. Print Edition | Subscribe