Before the news conference President Trump held at the end of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a propaganda-style film was played. Reporters thought it was North Korean production but it came from Washington.
(Newswire.net— June 13, 2018) — The historical meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is over and reporters swarm into a Singapore auditorium expecting President Trump to share the results of the long talks.
Two screens surrounding an empty podium came to life and a video portraying North Korea in its beauty and prosperity starts playing.
High speed trains, blooming economy, smiling people, children on a Pyongyang parade, red flags fluttering. But that was not North Korean propaganda, the video was made in the USA.
The intention of the corporative style of video that Trump brought from Washington as a gift, was to send a message to Kim Jong-un and to show an alternative to what war and isolation bring. The message also came across clearly in old footage of empty store shelves in and miserable people.
In its drama, the video also shows footage of Egyptian pyramids, the Taj Mahal, the Lincoln Memorial and two leaders waving to a crowd. But did the video really impress anyone?
To those who don’t know, North Korea is the most isolated country in the world. However, North Koreans adapted to the situation over decades spent under harsh sanctions and managed to develop a self-sustaining society. They have no variety of food like most people in the western world do, but they are not hungry. North Koreans have their own textile and food industry, as well as developing their own construction knowledge and skills. They lack modern entertainment options and Internet is restricted so instead they rely on cultural and spiritual values.
The North Koreans have no democracy but hatred towards the US is stronger than their fear of Kim Jong-un’s dictatorship. This hate comes from the fact that the US dropped over 650.000 tons of bombs on this country, more than on Germany in WWII. There is a museum of US war crimes in Pyongyang that became the center of anti-America education.
It is beyond any doubt that the only one impressed with the video shown at the press conference in Singapore were the ones who were behind it.
“I hope you liked it,” Trump told the reporters. “I thought it was good. I thought it was interesting enough to show. … And I think he loved it,” he said. But the reporters were more interested if the historical talks led to some historical results.
In an hour long press conference, the US president Donald Trump said that the historical document was signed. The document in its core says that the denuclearization of North Korea would start and the US wargames would stop. However, the sanctions remain in place until the UN and the US are convinced in the results of the denuclearization process.
There are no deadlines mentioned and no real obligations, it merely represents promises signed on a piece of paper. Giving that historical agreements with North Korea have previously been signed with no results, reporters expressed reasonable doubt it would happen this time. To believe Kim Jong-un would give up the country’s only protection against invasion is hard to believe, especially because sanctions are here to stay and North Korea will remain isolated, for as long as the US feels like. On the Iran nuclear deal example it is explained that even if North Korea kills its nuclear program and their sanctions are lifted, the US can always reinstate sanctions and unilaterally withdraw from the treaty.
So, it is highly unlikely that North Korea will destroy its nuclear warhead missiles, however the country will pause their nuclear weapons development program. The US will also sustain from military drills on North Korea’s borders, but it will remain present as long as it is necessary which could mean forever.
There is, however, a direct result of the historical meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. The North Korean leader was given more of the world’s attention beyond what his propaganda team could hope for in their wildest dreams. In the eyes of his countrymen Kim Jong-un is as powerful as the president of the US, and has the reputation of being a fearless leader, a reputation that Donald Trump handed him on a silver plate.