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North Korea releases footage of Donald Trump saluting Pyongyang general on Kim's Singapore trip

Nick Allen
A snapshot of the salute was also released by Pyongyang 

Donald Trump saluted a North Korean general during his summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore, it has emerged.

Footage of the salute was included in a 42-minute film about the meeting shown on state media by Pyongyang.

It showed that, after Mr Trump and Kim shook hands, they went into a room together with a group that included North Korean military officers

Mr Trump began to shake hands with them but General No Kwang Chol, in full uniform, saluted instead.

Awkwardly, Mr Trump saluted back before they then shook hands. Kim could be seen standing next to them smiling broadly.

A snapshot of the salute was also released by Pyongyang 

It was considered highly unusual for a US president to return the salute of a general from a hostile power.

Capitalising on the moment for propaganda purposes Pyongyang also released a photograph of the salute.

The film shown on North Korea's KCTV detailed Kim's journey, showing him leaving his country and reading briefing papers on an Air China jet.

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He was then shown arriving to a rapturous reception at the airport in Singapore and touring the sights in the city-state.

His handshake with Mr Trump came 20 minutes into the video and was then shown extensively.

The film also featured images of Kim's motorcade, him relaxing at his hotel in Singapore, and arriving back in Pyongyang to a hero's welcome with generals and citizens cheering.

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The footage was set to upbeat North Korean popular music and there was a dramatic narration from North Korea's best known news reader.

In North Korea the the portrayal of Mr Trump has undergone a dramatic shift.

He was previously referred to as "Trump" along with insults including "dotard".

Now, he is called "President Donald J. Trump" and "supreme leader" with images of him looking serious and almost regal.

In the film Kim was depicted as a statesman and images showed him walking in front of Trump, leading the US president. They were referred to as the "two supreme leaders".