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Does Anyone Believe This North Korea Statement?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:10 am

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

Quoting http://www.korea-dpr.com/reunification.htm:

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...
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RE: Does Anyone Believe This North Korea Statement?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:45 am

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.


edit: for instance, look at that  Smilehttp://alejandrocaodebenos.com/cgi-bin/weblog_basic/index.php?p=156
baffling

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RE: Does Anyone Believe This North Korea Statement?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:48 am

Where's Anonymous when you need them?  

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RE: Does Anyone Believe This North Korea Statement?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:51 am

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.

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RE: Does Anyone Believe This North Korea Statement?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:11 pm

Quoting AustrianZRH (Thread starter):
I wonder if they can get any more ridiculous...

Kim Jong Il is also the world's greatest golfer. According to official NK news, he shot 38 under par, including 11 holes-in-one - on his very first time on a golf course http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtri...ne/WTARC/2004/ea_nkorea_06_16.html
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RE: Does Anyone Believe This North Korea Statement?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:21 pm

Quoting AustrianZRH (Thread starter):
I wonder if they can get any more ridiculous...

They said the reason their soccer team was playing bad is that they all got hit by lightning so I doubt they could.
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RE: Does Anyone Believe This North Korea Statement?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:09 pm

Quoting Rara (Reply 1):
edit: for instance, look at that Smilehttp://alejandrocaodebenos.com/cgi-bin/weblog_basic/index.php?p=156
baffling

where's Don Camillo when he's needed?  

What state of mind must one have as a European supporting an an absolute, feudalist dynasty in the 21st century?

If I could spare checking my emails and internet for a couple of days I'd like to visit that rare species of country, after all, how log will it still be possible to time travel into the past?
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RE: Does Anyone Believe This North Korea Statement?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:33 pm

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 6):


What state of mind must one have as a European supporting an an absolute, feudalist dynasty in the 21st century?

I know, right? It makes you wonder whether they are in some sort of way.... compensated?
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RE: Does Anyone Believe This North Korea Statement?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:40 pm

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 3):
it's quite clear that almost anything coming out of NK is complete and utter propoganda BS.

I'm aware of that, at least the page is rather entertaining  .

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 4):
Kim Jong Il is also the world's greatest golfer. According to official NK news, he shot 38 under par, including 11 holes-in-one - on his very first time on a golf course

Loooooooooooooooooooooooooool.
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RE: Does Anyone Believe This North Korea Statement?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:59 pm

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 6):
What state of mind must one have as a European supporting an an absolute, feudalist dynasty in the 21st century?

I remember reading an article by one of the creators of The Red Chapel ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Red_Chapel ), detailing a visit to North Korea in a tour group that included the guy running the KFA.

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.
 
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RE: Does Anyone Believe This North Korea Statement?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:16 pm

Call me naive, but isn't there really a law in South Korea where it is forbidden to read/listen/see anything from the North? At least I know that praising the North is grounds for arrest:
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news...00000000AEN20110110007200315F.HTML

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 4):
Kim Jong Il is also the world's greatest golfer. According to official NK news, he shot 38 under par, including 11 holes-in-one - on his very first time on a golf course

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RE: Does Anyone Believe This North Korea Statement?

Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:37 pm

Quoting Rara (Reply 1):
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.

All true, with the exception that Alejandro Cao de Benós who maintains the blog you have linked to actually does - or did - live in North Korea.

There are some crazy nutheads out there, but at least this one doesn't throw stones.
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RE: Does Anyone Believe This North Korea Statement?

Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:24 pm

Always worth a laugh - the daily North Korean newspaper transposed for the web:

http://www.kcna.co.jp/index-e.htm
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RE: Does Anyone Believe This North Korea Statement?

Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:47 pm

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.
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