Trump under fire for saluting North Korean general





Trump under fire for saluting North Korean general

15 Jun 2018,

North Korea has released its own unique take on the historic summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, and it includes one awkward moment.

In vision aired by North Korean state TV, Mr Trump and one of Mr Kim's top generals struggle to get their greetings right.

As the US President offers to shake hands, Minister of People's Armed Forces of North Korea, No Kwang-chol, instead salutes.

Mr Trump then returns the salute but is met by General No waiting for a handshake, before the pair eventually get it right.

Or did they?

Mr Trump's decision to salute a top military official from an authoritarian country with a long history of human rights abuses raised many eyebrows.

"This is a moment that will be used over and over in North Korea's propaganda as 'proof' that the American President defers to the North Korean military," Jean H Lee, a North Korea scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington, told The Washington Post.

"It will be treated as a military victory by the North Koreans."

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Mr Trump was just showing "common courtesy".

The Korean Central Television documentary also showed crowds of cheering people as Mr Kim left Pyongyang, and the leader aboard his Air China flight.


 












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