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State television broadcast an extensive 40-minute documentary-style feature on dictator Kim Jong-un’s meeting with “supreme leader” U.S. President Donald Trump two days after Kim returned to North Korea, announcing that Trump treated Kim with “respect and endless admiration.”
The documentary followed a news report by Ri Chun-hee, North Korea’s flagship news anchor who long ago officially retired but returns for special editions of the news to announce major breaks in North Korean politics.
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As with the reports in Rodong Sinmun, the government-run newspaper, North Korean television claimed that Trump had agreed to lift the unprecedented heavy sanctions on North Korea, which both Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have repeatedly insisted is not the case.
North Korea bans all media that is not directly run by the government’s Propaganda and Agitation Department, so the footage broadcast Wednesday is the only one to which North Korean citizens have access:
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The documentary begins with Kim Jong-un departing on a Chinese charter plane from Pyongyang, where a military orchestra was assembled to see him away to Singapore. The images are overlayed with dramatic orchestral Soviet-style music and an overwrought narrator describing the significance of the historic trip. The music does not cease throughout the documentary, even though an actual orchestra only appears in the video at the beginning.
In Singapore, the documentary shows Kim touring the city-state in his car, greeted by large crowds waving at his convoy. According to a translation of the footage from Agence France-Presse (AFP), the narrator tells listeners that “Singapore, a beautiful and developed city, has become all the more famous because of the meeting of the century” and that locals greeted Kim with “deep respect and boundless enthusiasm.”
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“The streets were crowded with wellwishers who were full of reverence for Chairman Kim, who has come to lead world politics with his extraordinary...
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