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N. Korea calls summit with US a success as Kim returns home

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured at Pyongyang Station in North Korea, on March 5, 2019. (KCNA/Kyodo)

BEIJING (Kyodo) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Pyongyang early Tuesday morning following his meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump in Vietnam last week, the North's state media reported, describing the summit as a success.

The two countries did not reach any agreement during the two-day talks through Thursday in Hanoi, with Trump failing to bridge the gap between his insistence on full-fledged denuclearization measures by North Korea and Kim's demand for sanctions relief.

Kim was presented with flowers upon his arrival at Pyongyang Railway Station at around 3 a.m. "after successfully wrapping up" his trip to Vietnam, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said.

Kim left Vietnam by train on Saturday, passing through China.

He departed Pyongyang on Feb. 23 for Hanoi, making this his longest foreign trip since becoming North Korea's supreme leader after his father's death in December 2011.

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