North Koreans ‘see Trump pictured for the FIRST time’ as state-run media lauds Kim Jong-un’s meeting with the president as a resounding success and highlights concessions on ‘war games’

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
By Paul Martin

The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper ran pictures of the pair on its front page
In the past condemned US as ‘gangster-like imperialist’ and ‘cancer-like entity’
According to expert, pictures are the first time most North Koreans seen Trump
US President said more meetings are needed and Kim may visit White House

13 June 2018

Donald Trump’s has appeared on the front page of North Korea’s main state newspaper, the first time the overwhelming majority of the country’s citizens will have seen his picture.

Rodong Sinmun, the official paper of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, featured 33 photos of the country’s leader Kim Jong-un and the US President.

The appearance of the US president in the North Korean media comes after he appeared to pave the way for more meetings with Kim, including a possible visit to the White House by the dictator.

Rodong Sinmun has previously condemned the United States as a ‘gangster-like imperialist’ and ‘cancer-like entity’ but many of the pictures featured Trump and Kim smiling together.

It dubbed the summit in Singapore ‘the meeting of the century’ on its front page.

The newspaper had been quick off the mark to cover Kim Jong Un’s trip, plastering it’s Tuesday edition with pictures and stories of Kim travelling with officials and sightseeing.

In one photo on the summit coverage front page, Trump was featured gesturing the way forward for Kim Jong-un, while four of the eight photos on the front page featured them shaking hands.

The North Korean media is tightly controlled and its citizens face harsh punishments if they are caught watching or listening to foreign media, particularly broadcasts from South Korea.

One expert, Chad O’Carroll, CEO of the Korea Risk Group, said: ‘This is the first time the vast majority of North Koreans will have ever seen.

Backdrops of U.S. and North Korean flags, both red white and blue, were also prominent in the Rodong Sinmun.

Other pages showed U.S. and North Korean officials having their extended meeting, a working lunch and later, Trump and Kim signing a joint agreement that marked the end to the summit.

The number photos seen in Wednesday’s Rodong Sinmun were, however, far fewer than the 61 featured in the the day after the April 27 inter-Korean summit.

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