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“Since coming to power, Kim Jong-Un has strengthened control measures and security posts on the border between North Korea and China, to put an end to attempts to escape North Korean citizens . It also increased the penalties against border guards may receive bribes defectors.”
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28 March, 2013
The latest North Korean propaganda video to be uploaded on their official Uriminzokkiri YouTube Channel shows off some particularly anti-US sentiments. The video titled “A Short, Three Day War” has since been taken off YouTube, but those left on the site can help paint a pretty good picture.
Along with the video, the DPRK has also realeased an image of a troop-landing drill filled with photoshopped images of hover-crafts.
Although clearly fake, the chest-puffing image was released as the North put its rocket units on combat status along with a threat to target US bases. The United States has responded by flying a B-2 stealth bomber “deterrence” mission over South Korea. A US military statement said the mission “Demonstrated the United States’ ability to conduct long-range, precision strikes quickly and at will.”
Unimpressed, North Korea views the drill as a “hideous politically-motivated terrorism of the US and the South Korean puppet forces targeting the dignified social system in the DPRK.”
As the political plot thickens, coverage of North Korean citizens remains an untouched topic. Escape from the country is harder than ever, and the famine persists.
29 January, 2013
Party Rockets in North Korea
Schoolyard bully, North Korea, is picking fights with the popular South Korea, threatening “strong physical counter-measures” if SK backs U.S. sanctions made by the UN – aka the ‘No NKs Allowed’ Club. Not a new fight, but this time NK’s only friend China is fed up. China, the only country that will share their lunch with North Korea, said that they will reduce assistance if they continue to engage in nuclear tests. That said, China is not just going to start playing on the other side of the playground. If South Korea and her besties, U.S. and Japan, try to promote the harsh UN sanctions, China will step in and force them to behave better and make amendments.
The United Nations, aka ‘No North Koreas Allowed’ Club
China is already a little mad with North Korea for the missile launches, and says it’ll walk if there’s a third launch. China is making sure North Korea knows what is at stake, “I’m already your only friend. Don’t push me away too, You’re better than this.”
Perhaps North Korea is mad because China has begun spending more time with the U.S, and is even laying down some groundwork for the three of them to hang out.
7 January, 2013
27 November, 2012
Artwork by Song Byeok
Song Byeok’s artistic skills were made famous at the age of 24 when he became the official propaganda artist for North Korea, portraying glorified images of rulers Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. His loyalty shifted in the 1990s when he saw his family starve to death due to the famine. Song had attempted to defect to China. His father drowned in the Tumen river during an escape attempt, and Song ended up in a prison camp.
Song successfully defected to South Korea in 2002, where he began painting satirical imaes of oppressive regimes from around the world. Watch Song’s interview with the BBC here.
‘Take Off Your Clothes’ by Song Byeok
His first North American exhibit was in Atlanta, GA earlier this year and like all cool things these days, it was made possible by a Kickstarter campaign. Song’s latese work is currently on display at the Woolley Mammoth Threatre in Washington, DC.
For more information about Song, exhibits, and purchasing a print, check out the website www.songbyeok.com.
16 May, 2012
President Thein Sein of Myanmar has assured South Korea that they will no longer buy conventional arms from North Korea. President Sein acknowledged that his country has bought weapons from North Korea in the last twenty years or so. US officials have been concerned about the possibility of an illicit weapons trade between Myanmar and North Korea.
“I urged President Thein Sein not to do any trade with North Korea that violates international regulations,” said South Korean President Lee Myung-bak at a press conference in Yangon.
Lee was the first South Korean president to visit Myanmar since a bombing attributed to North Korean agents killed 17 South Koreans in Yangon in 1983.
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