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Expert's take on how Kim Jong-un could have looked at Trump's Hollywood style video Updated: 2018-06-14 18:03:15 KST

"There can only be two results. One, of moving back. One, of moving forward."

At their summit on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump presented his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un with a five-minute long video, which he also showed to the press later that day and tweeted out to the world.
He called it "A Story of Opportunity."

Showing golden sunrises, gleaming skylines and world monuments, with the North Korean flag fluttering between them, the video narrates the bright future the U.S. says awaits North Koreans and Pyongyang.
But at several points, mixed in, are black-and-white images of missile launches, and the regime's militarization.

The point of the video was clear -- to convey to Kim that he has choices, each of which comes with consequences, good or bad.
Many found the video bizzare, but a North Korea expert in Singapore says the decision to play was understandable considering the President's experience in showbusiness. But he added that it could have been seen as condescending.

"It is telling Mr. Kim in the least to imagine these scenarios. But the thing is that, we need to give Kim, as the leader of his own country, the due respect as someone who is intelligent and sophisticated and informed enough to imagine for himself what the options are."

Kim's reaction to the video? Only those at the summit know, but according to Trump, Kim seemed to like it.

(english) June 12, 2018
"I showed it to them today. Actually during the meeting. Toward the end of the meeting. I think he [Kim] loved it. About eight of their representatives were watching it. I thought they were fascinated by it. I thought it was well done. I showed it to you because that is the future."

In fact, the video did show consideration for its audience, with Korean text overlaid, Korean narration and even some specifically North Korean vocabulary.
Professor Ong-Webb said the U.S. did not seem to have ill intentions in making the video.
But he added that the execution could have been better.

"It needs to be more sensitive going forward, because the whole situation is very sensitive. We know how a little word or deed can derail the whole process. Where every picture, every frame has a thousand words, and have tons of different meanings."

"But regardless of what Kim thought of the video, the expert said he is certain that the North Korean leader has seen the economic and other possibilities for his people and his regime through the summit and his visit here.
Lee Ji-won, Arirang News, Singapore."
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