North Korea summit: How Kim Jong-un pulled off canny PR coup with unscripted ‘dance’ across the border

A year ago he was an international pariah, feared by the world, and accused of pushing the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war, but Kim Jong-un now appears to be on a global charm offensive perfectly stage-managed for the cameras.

On Friday morning, as he walked towards the border with South Korea, a smiling Kim exuded warmth and an altogether more human side compared to the stern, dictatorial images normally fed through the tightly controlled North Korean state media.

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Wearing his trademark black Chairman Mao suit, he at first appeared slightly nervous as he gripped President Moon Jae-in’s hand for the first time and stepped over the cracked slab of concrete marking the military demarcation…

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