It's been reported on a number of news channels that President Trump's meeting of North Korea's leader Kim Jun Un could be a propaganda victory for Kim Jun Un. All the reports claim that North Korea's leaders have always wanted a meeting with a US President to give more credence to their leadership domestically.
But I don't have any recollection of any reports of any previous leader seeking such a meeting. US has tried to engage North Korea diplomatically for (literally) as long as I can remember. But no one has ever mentioned that there was a similar desire on the North Korea's part for the sake of just having the visual of having had such a meeting.
In fact, it is usually reported that North Korea's internal media always tries to delegitimize the US. So this argument seems like saying that North Korea's propaganda machine puts out the message "The US President is just like Hitler -- he won't even meet with North Korea's leaders." Which doesn't seem to make much sense. And I don't believe propaganda (especially successful propaganda) can be effective if it doesn't appear to make sense.
Which leads to the question in the title of this post.
What evidence is there that North Korea's leaders have always wanted to meet a US President?