North Korea has reportedly started to remove any trace of anti-US propaganda following the historic summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.
While capital Pyongyang is usually littered with signs and posters that describe the United Stated as ‘rotten’, officials have begun to remove them in an apparent sign that peace could actually be on the cards.
Now that Kim and Trump appear to be firm friends, posters of an altogether different nature have started popping up on the streets of the secretive state.
Rowan Beard, a tour manager at Young Pioneer Tours, said: ‘All the anti-American posters I usually see around Kim Il-sung Square and at shops, they’ve all just gone.
‘In five years working in North Korea, I’ve never seen them completely disappear before.’
As well as the removal of posters, news reports have switched from describing the US as a hostile aggressor to showing cheery photographs of Trump and Kim smiling and chatting at the Singapore summit.
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North Korea expert Peter Ward told the BBC: ‘This is fascinating. Generally speaking, neutral or positive coverage is normally reserved for countries that Pyongyang has friendly relations with.’
The Trump/Kim summit saw the two leaders sign a deal that would see North Korea move to full denuclearisation.
North Korea’s news agency said that Trump had agreed to lift sanctions on the North following the meeting.
However, Trump said: ‘The sanctions will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor.
‘Sanctions played a big role, but they’ll come off at that point. I hope it’s going to be soon, but they’ll come off.
‘As you know, and as I’ve said, the sanctions right now remain. But at a certain point, I actually look forward to taking them off.’