Monday, April 26, 2004

North Korean News

The Korean Central News Agency of the DPRK, isn't quite the Pyongyang evening news, but it is probably the closest most of us will get. In addition to regular announcements about new statues of Kim Sung Il, new edition's of the Eternal President's collected works, Kim Jung Il's acceptance of messages of sympathy from other foreign leaders, the KCNA features periodic warnings to the Japanese. More than fifty years after the end of the Second World War, the Japanese continued to be viewed with great suspicion and catch nearly as much flack as the United States in the North Korean press. Threats like the following are very common:

If Japan opts for reinvasion, obsessed by a foolish ambition to realize its old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere", oblivious of its past lesson, the Korean youth and students will deal telling blows at its reactionaries, the sworn enemy of the Korean people...

It is worth looking at if only to get a glimpse of how the North Korean view the world. Aficionados of fine propaganda may also enjoy yhe KCNA's classic overwrought style.


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