News agency's 'peculiar' propaganda

SUN JOURNAL

March 23, 2003

PYONGYANG, MARCH 19 (KCNA) — North Korea uses its Korean Central News Agency as a way to deliver propaganda of the government of Kim Jong Il (above) to the world, in English and other languages. The dispatches, which can be found at www.kcna.co.jp, can be somewhat jarring to English speakers. The syntax, and the message, are unusual. Here are two examples from the Web site:

U.S. hardline conservatives' remarks under fire

PYONGYANG, March 19 (KCNA) - U.S. hardline conservatives were recently reported to have claimed that "it is the misguided behavior for North Korea to threaten the U.S." and "it would be difficult for North Korea to get its security guaranteed and economic aid and the like." In this regard Minju Joson today in a signed commentary says:

This whole string of anti-DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] remarks are nothing but rigmaroles of those keen to stifle the DPRK. They are quite unrealistic and illogical.

The U.S. hardline conservatives' assertion that North Korea poses a threat to the U.S. is sheer sophism which reminds one of a thief crying "stop the thief" and which can convince no one.

We would like to strongly demand once again the U.S. hardline conservatives clearly understand the socialist system in the DPRK and behave with decorum. ...

It is foolish of them to contend that the socialist system in the DPRK can exist only under their protection or with their aid.

Ours is Korean-style socialism centered on the popular masses chosen and built by the Korean people under the banner of the great Juche idea.

Our socialism remains indestructible as long as there are the great army-based policy and single-hearted unity.

Army-based policy introduced and studied on worldwide scale

PYONGYANG, March 19 (KCNA) - The world progressive people are admiring Kim Jong Il for his extraordinary wisdom, distinguished political ability and immortal exploits and widely introducing and studying his army-based policy. In a matter of two months of the year nearly 200 press media of at least 50 countries introduced in detail the uniqueness, validity and immortal vitality of his army-based policy. The Prensa Latina of Cuba, the Portuguese paper O Publico, the Italian magazine La Voce, the Indonesian state TV broadcasting and many other media carried special write-ups under "peculiar political mode of leader Kim Jong Il," "army-based policy and single hearted unity" and other titles as well as his portraits and photos of his revolutionary activities.

Radios of Laos, Guinea, Poland and Peru said that thanks to the army-based policy the DPRK has been able to display its might to the world as a dignified country, political power, military power and a socialist fortress with external authority and prestige which no big power may match and nothing can break down.

Hundreds of seminars, photo exhibitions and film shows on his army-based leadership exploits were held in different countries in February.

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