Trump depicts benefits of peace in Hollywood style video framing Kim Jong Un as hero at summit
Trump played the video in Korean to the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and eight aides at their private bilateral meetingworld Updated: Jun 12, 2018 18:10 IST
Donald Trump on Tuesday played a Hollywood-style video to Kim Jong-un, which depicted the North Korean leader and the US president as its leading men, showing the prospect of peace.
The video made a dramatic pitch for the benefits of peace between the two Cold war-era rivals laying out the opportunities that could come with an agreement to eliminate North Korea’s nuclear arsenal — a story about “two men, two leaders, one destiny.”
Trump played the video in Korean to the North Korean leader and eight aides at their private bilateral meeting, The Straits Times reported.
When asked about the video montage played ahead of the press conference, Trump said: “We had it made... I hope you liked it. I thought it was interesting enough to show... and I showed it to him (Kim) today towards the end of the meeting and I think he loved it,” the report said.
The film drew on the “in a world” and “one man, one choice” framing of Hollywood action movies.
The voiceover framed Kim as a potential “hero of his people” with the chance to achieve “prosperity like he has never seen.”
The trailer portrays 71-year-old Trump and 34-year-old Kim as the two leading characters of the film — but the outcome is yet unknown. The narrator says the film is “featuring President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un, in a meeting to remake history, to shine in the sun, one moment, one choice, what if? The future remains to be written.”
“It comes down to a choice. On this day, in this time, in this moment the world will be watching, listening, anticipating, hoping.
“Will this leader choose to advance his country, and be part of a new world? Be the hero of his people? Will he shake the hand of peace and enjoy prosperity like he has never seen?
“A great life, or more isolation? Which path will be chosen?
“Featuring President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un... in a meeting to remake history. To shine in the sun. One moment, one choice. What if? The future remains to be written.”
First Published: Jun 12, 2018 18:10 IST