A commemorative coin issued by the White House ahead of the planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been widely criticised.
The coin describes the summit as "peace talks" and depicts a square-jawed Mr Trump sternly facing his North Korean counterpart.
Many on social media pointed out that the meeting may not even take place.
The White House said issuing such a coin was "common practice".
Regional expert Prof Robert E Kelly, of Busan University in South Korea, took to Twitter to describe the coin as "gross".
"Whose personality cult exactly is this summit legitimising? This is un-American," he said.
Are you kidding me?! This is just gross. Whose personality cult exactly is this summit legitimizing? This is un-American. Can’t imagine what Fox would say if any other POTUS did this. Wow. Just wow. https://t.co/rn79W4RWO9 via @voxdotcom— Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) May 22, 2018
Mr Trump met South Korea's president Moon Jae-in on Tuesday, amid uncertainty over the summit planned for 12 June.
North Korea has threatened to cancel the meeting if the US insists on it giving up nuclear weapons unilaterally.
It looks like this Commemorative Coin is already coming back to haunt President Trump. It's actually commemorating an event that hasn't and may not actually happen.https://t.co/CD1l7YlJgZ— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) May 22, 2018
The coin refers to Mr Kim, as "supreme leader" although he is more commonly referred to on state media as "chairman of the state affairs commission".
Critics accused the White House of "honouring" the dictator.
Congratulations tin-pot dictators everywhere: not only will the United States fruitlessly negotiate with you, we will also emblazon your image in a coin and call you the "Supreme Leader" pic.twitter.com/czorOPYTzp— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) May 21, 2018
Others said that the depiction of Kim Jong-un on the coin was deliberately unflattering - appearing to give him some extra chins.
I wonder if Kim Jong Un will like the extra few chins they added to the Military Office coin. pic.twitter.com/LzIKiSRwSI— Levi Gibian (@LeviGibian) May 21, 2018
The White House issued a statement on Tuesday saying it "did not have any input into the design and manufacture of the coin."
Raj Shah, White House deputy press secretary, said in a statement it was common practice for souvenir coins to be ordered after the public announcement of a trip.
White House on trip coins: pic.twitter.com/GiXWP2G8X3— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) May 21, 2018