▶ ‘Film’ star­ring Kim piques imag­i­na­tions.

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVE BOYER

In his pitch Tues­day to per­suade North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to aban­don nu­clear weapons, Pres­i­dent Trump called upon his ex­pe­ri­ences as a casting di­rec­tor, real estate de­vel­oper and, per­haps, a bluffer in ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Mr. Trump, who starred in his long-run­ning tele­vi­sion show “The Ap­pren­tice,” cast Mr. Kim as the star of his own film, a four-minute video from Des­tiny Pictures that was sim­i­lar in pre­sen­ta­tion to a movie trailer in the U.S. — nar­rated, with a mu­si­cal score.

The pres­i­dent showed Mr. Kim the video, which de­picted the North Korean leader and Mr. Trump as two men who could change the course of his­tory.

Mr. Kim and sev­eral mem­bers of his del­e­ga­tion viewed the video, trans­lated into Korean, on an iPad as the talks con­cluded.

It showed the two lead­ers on equal foot­ing: “Two men, two lead­ers, one des­tiny.”

“There comes a time when only a few are called upon to make a dif­fer­ence,” the nar­ra­tor in­tones. “The ques­tion is, what dif­fer­ence will the few make?”

The video con­trasts im­ages of a bleak, poverty-rid­den so­ci­ety with photos of a pros­per­ous, ad­vanced cul­ture that en­joys sky­scrapers and high-speed trains.

“It cap­tures what could be done [in North Korea],” Mr. Trump said. “It has the po­ten­tial to be a great place. That could very well be the fu­ture. And the other al­ter­na­tive is just not a very good al­ter­na­tive. But I showed it be­cause I re­ally want him to do some­thing.”

The video shows im­ages of war­planes and ar­tillery. The nar­ra­tor says there can “only be two re­sults” — mov­ing back­ward or mov­ing for­ward. The nar­ra­tor says of Mr. Kim, “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?”

“I think he loved it,” Mr. Trump said. “About eight of their rep­re­sen­ta­tives were watch­ing it, and I thought they were fas­ci­nated.”

Mr. Trump also knows real estate, and in his high-stakes talks about North Korea’s fu­ture, he em­pha­sized: lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion.

In the video and in con­ver­sa­tion, Mr. Trump pointed out the op­por­tu­ni­ties for de­vel­op­ment if North Korea joins the com­mu­nity of na­tions and opens its doors to in­vestors.

“It’s go­ing to be up to the peo­ple what they want,” he said. “As an ex­am­ple, they have great beaches. You see that when­ever they’re ex­plod­ing their can­nons into the ocean, right? I said, ‘Boy, look at that place. Wouldn’t that make a great condo?’ And I ex­plained it, I said, ‘In­stead of do­ing that, you could have the best ho­tels in the world right there.’”

He said North Korea’s lo­ca­tion is ideal. “Think of it from a real estate per­spec­tive,” Mr. Trump said. “You have South Korea. You have China, and they own the land in the mid­dle. How bad is that, right? It’s great. But I told him, I said, ‘You may not want to do what’s there. You may want to do a smaller ver­sion of it and that could be.’ Al­though, I tell you what, he looked at that tape. He looked at that iPad, and I’m telling you they re­ally en­joyed it, I be­lieve.”

As far as bluff­ing, it’s not clear what Mr. Trump is or isn’t will­ing to do mil­i­tar­ily. But he told Sean Han­nity of Fox News that there was a method to his “fire and fury” mad­ness with North Korea.

Mr. Trump said he is cer­tain his war­like rhetoric last year against Mr. Kim per­suaded the North Korean leader to ne­go­ti­ate over giv­ing up his nu­clear weapons.

“I think with­out the rhetoric, we wouldn’t have been here,” Mr. Trump said. “I re­ally be­lieve that.”

As North Korea was con­duct­ing mul­ti­ple mis­sile tests last year and threat­en­ing to at­tack the U.S., Mr. Trump re­sponded with rhetoric that was un­usu­ally ag­gres­sive for a U.S. leader. He taunted Mr. Kim as “lit­tle rocket man” and warned that the U.S. would “to­tally de­stroy” North Korea.

“I hated to do it,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Han­nity. “Sometimes I felt foolish do­ing it. But we had no choice.”

He said pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions “had a pol­icy of si­lence.”

“If [North Korea] said some­thing very bad and very threat­en­ing, even hor­ri­ble — just don’t an­swer,” he said of pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions. “That’s not the an­swer. That’s not what you have to do. We did sanc­tions and all of the things you would do, but with­out the rhetoric … we wouldn’t have been here.”

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