North Korea's anti-US souvenirs, posters reportedly disappearing in wake of Trump-Kim summit

Maybe the “American imperialists” aren’t so bad after all.

North Korea, which has routinely blasted the U.S. in its government propaganda, appears to be taking a lighter tone in messaging that has emerged in the wake of this month’s historic summit between President Trump and dictator Kim Jong Un.

“North Korea, for decades, has had the virulent anti-U.S. propaganda,” Gordon Chang, a North Korea analyst, told "‘Fox & Friends First" on Monday. “It’s all stopped.”

In this June 21, 2018 photo, a woman walks outside an apartment building where an anti-U.S. propaganda banner is put up in Pyongyang, North Korea. In another sign of detente following the summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, North Korea has cancelled one of the most symbolic and politically charged events of its propaganda calendar: the annual "anti-U.S. imperialism" rally marking the start of the Korean War. Writings on the banner read: "If the U.S. imperialists try to invade our country, let's sweep them off the face of the Earth." (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A woman walks outside an apartment building in Pyongyang where an anti-U.S. propaganda banner was put up in late June. But those who have visited the city in the wake of the Trump-Kim summit say some of that sentiment has started to disappear.  (AP)

Western companies that offer guided tours in the Hermit Kingdom say from the DMZ to Pyongyang, anti-American souvenirs, stamps and postcards have been disappearing from store shelves.

“They’re always very popular, not very subtle, and, as of now, have all been removed,” Simon Cockerell, the general manager at Koryo Tours, told Reuters.

Another tour manager told the news organization that “they’ve shifted the focus from anti-Americanism to improving agriculture, sports and boosting the local economy.

“It’s not just at the DMZ, all the anti-American posters I usually see around Kim Il Sung Square and at shops [in Pyongyang], they’ve all just gone,” said Rowan Beard of Young Pioneer Tours. “In five years working in North Korea, I’ve never seen them completely disappear before.”

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Tens of thousands of men and women pumped their fists and blasted the U.S. in Pyongyang's central Kim Il Sung Square last year to mark what North Korea calls "the day of struggle against U.S. imperialism" – the anniversary of the start of the Korean War.  (AP)

North Korea on Monday also opted not to hold an “anti-U.S. imperialism” rally marking the anniversary of the start of the Korean War. In an event last year which reportedly drew 100,000 people to Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square, attendees held signs with the messages “Decisive revenge" and “Death to the American imperialists."

"Trump is a warmonger and a backstreet gangster," Ri Il Ung, a 24-year-old student at Pyongyang Mechanical University, had told the Associated Press at that event. "It's quite ridiculous that such a person could become a politician."

For now though, it appears that some opinions in North Korea have changed.

“All the anti-U.S. trinkets have been now replaced with trinkets now showing friendship,” Chang said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.