Has a Trump Tower hotel opened in North Korean capital Pyongyang after the historic summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-Un? No, that's not true, this story was created by a military satire website, it is not real.
The story originated from an article published by Duffel Blog on June 12, 2018 titled "Trump Tower opens in Pyongyang" (archived here) which opened:
YONGYANG -- A Trump Tower has opened in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, in what is being hailed as a breakthrough after a historic meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.
It is the first Western hotel to open in the secretive country, which is often called the "Hermit Kingdom."
"You know, they tell me this is the finest hotel in, literally, all of Asia. You can't beat it. And it serves the most delicious tacos," Trump told reporters. "Highly recommended for journalists when they go to cover the denuclearization of North Korea!"
Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:
Trump Tower opens in Pyongyang
A historic breakthrough!
But the picture was obviously photoshopped and showed the "Trump" logo pasted on a picture of the (real) Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang.
This 300-meter-high skyscraper would be an imposing presence in any city's skyline. In Pyongyang, North Korea it dwarfs every other structure in sight, dominating not only the skyline but the city itself. It is North Korea's largest building, and yet it remains for the moment, unfinished.
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All characters, groups, and military units appearing in these works are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, or actual military units and companies is purely coincidental.
They are sometimes refered to as the military version of The Onion but that same 'about' page points out:
Duffel Blog is sometimes referred to as "The military version of The Onion," but this is a misnomer. The gaffe was cleared up in May 2012 when Duffel Blog staff successfully conducted an airborne assault on the offices of The Onion News Network so that others would know "The Onion was actually the civilian version of Duffel Blog."
So don't fall for any of their stories... instead, have a good laugh like the writers intended!
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