AustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1426 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2629 times:
A news report about some artillery shooting at the Korean border had a link to the English website of the NK government. Next to other ridiculous stuff they claim
Korea is an independent and sovereign state, but the southern part of the country is still controlled by imperialist interests and US troops. If any south Korean citizen so much as tries to visit North Korea by crossing the huge concrete wall, he will be met with deadly force from the American soldiers. The so-called “Security Law” in south Korea forbids any south Korean citizen from talking or even reading about the North by threat of imprisonment or even execution.
As I sincerely doubt that any South Korean was ever imprisoned or executed for reading about the North, I wonder if they can get any more ridiculous...
WARNING! The post above should be taken with a grain of salt! Furthermore, it may be slightly biased towards A.
Rara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2506 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2597 times:
This website is quite a classic. It's made by the Korean Friendship Association (KFA), and it was already online at a time where next to no country had an "official website". Used to be a lot better though - these days it looks almost professional.
This KFA is a sinister organization made up of people who support North Korea, but are not North Korean themselves and do not live there. Again many years ago, they had an open forum on the internet. I never did figure out whether they're deluded, or taking the piss, or have ulterior motives that go beyond the obvious.
travelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1824 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2590 times:
I would take any statement from the KFA or the KCNA ( http://www.kcna.co.jp/index-e.htm ) with 10 metric ton of salt. I read those websites quite reguraly because I'm planning to go there in 2012 (through the KFA actually) and it's quite clear that almost anything coming out of NK is complete and utter propoganda BS.
And the way it was laid out in the article, running the KFA, which is one of the few (if not the only one?) way a Western citizen can gain access to North Korea, is basically giving him a huge power trip. And it doesn't help that he likes to brag about how popular he is with the North Koreans, to the point that he's provided with plenty of 'pleasure women' whenever he visits, and how he can get any North Korean lady he wants, just by telling them who he is.
aa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1908 times:
To answer your question of the OP- I'd say yes. They do believe it. The citizens are bombarded with similar propaganda their entire lives. I think it's scare tactics-scaring their citizens so bad that they will never want to leave.