North Korea’s new leadership lashes out at South Korea

North Korea’s first official communication with the outside world following the death of leader Kim Jong-il and the transition of power to his son was a sombre warning to South Korea and its allies that it would not change policies.

The main target of the message, delivered by state news agency KCNA and attributed to the North’s National Defence Commission, was South Korea’s conservative government headed by President Lee Myung-bak who has pursued a hardline stance against the isolated and impoverished North.

"On this occasion, we solemnly declare with confidence that foolish politicians around the world including the puppet forces in South Korea should not expect any changes from us," said the commission which was the top governing body under Kim Jong-il.

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Drawing equal parts inspiration from the seething virulence of the Korean Central News Agency’s Jang Song-thaek execution announcement and the wonderful “KCNA Random Insult Generator," a staffer at has come up with a “North Korea Press Release Generator.” Just enter someone’s name and voilà! That person instantly becomes the target of KCNA-style scorn and ridicule. I typed in “Miley Cyrus” and this is what I got back (click on the images above to read the results).

luckily he is Fat Smoker

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un smokes a cigarette at the General Satellite Control and Command Centre at West Sea Satellite Launch Site in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province, after the launch of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket carrying the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite. Picture: REUTERS/KCNA

The moment of explosion is approaching fast. No one can say a war will break out in Korea or not and whether it will break out today or tomorrow…the U.S. had better ponder over the prevailing grave situation.
—  Spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army, as quoted by state news agency KCNA.

North Korea to Australian paper: We’re not ‘naughty,’ you are

An Australian newspaper found itself the focus of a 14-paragraph denouncement in the state-run North Korean media agency, KCNA.

The North Korean news agency lashed out at mX, a free commuter paper in three Australian cities, calling it sordid, foolish, bullying, degrading, incompetent, pitiful and rogue — among other things.

So how did a paper that focuses on “fun news, sport and entertainment” earn the verbal wrath of Pyongyang?

Pyongyang, June 2 (KCNA) — Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, examined a nose dive slide made by the KPA.

Examining it, he learned in detail about how it was made.

Such type slide, the first of its kind in the country, was manufactured and it looked nice, he noted, adding that he was pleased with the fact that service personnel made it in a technologically perfect manner, while cutting down its production cost.

Saying that water parks are being built in different parts of the country, he underscored the need to mass-produce a variety of equipment for them including such slide.

The production of the slide once again proved the fact that if one is determined to do something, relying on one’s own efforts, nothing is impossible, he stressed.

Noting that the slide was made as desired by the party, he instructed officials to install it at the outdoor water park of Songdowon International Children’s Camp before any others.

Noting that the campers will be very much delighted to see the modern slide in the water park, he told officials to install the slide by the end of June as the sea bathing season is near at hand and make the cheerful laughter of children heard from there.

He expressed expectation and belief that the People’s Army would fulfill its mission as a standard-bearer and shock brigade in implementing the Party’s plan and intention in the future, too.

He was accompanied by Hwang Pyong So, Choe Thae Bok, Choe Ryong Hae and Ma Won Chun.

KCNA Commentary Blasts U.S. and Its Allies' Cyber Attacks

There are very disturbing developments against the backdrop of the ever mounting moves of the U.S. and its allies to stifle the DPRK. Intensive and persistent virus attacks are being made every day on internet servers operated by the DPRK. These cannot be construed otherwise than despicable acts of hostile forces consternated by the toughest measures taken by the DPRK after launching an all-out action. What should not be overlooked is that such cyber attack is timed to coincide with the Key Resolve joint military exercises being staged by the U.S. and South Korea.

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The ceremonial opening of the new Munsu Water Park in Pyongyang, North Korea, occurred on October 16!

According to an article posted by the Korean Central News Agency, “the tape-cutting for opening the water park was jointly made by representatives of school youth and children and workers, representatives of soldiers who took part in the construction of the park and a leading official of the Pyongyang City Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea”

Here’s also an article by the Washington Post on their opinion of the water park.

U.S. Misjudgment Will Entail Its Historical Defeat

Lately, the U.S. has blamed the present grim situation on the Korean Peninsula on the DPRK, often-repeating how the latter’s “dangerous misjudgment” and “heedless actions” have destabilized the Korean peninsula. The U.S. is blustering that its proposal for dialogue reflects the demand of the region and the international community as it is aimed to prevent the catastrophic results to be entailed by the DPRK. In other words, it means that the U.S. is trying to put the situation under its control by spinning the toughest countermeasures taken by the DPRK as”reckless ones” caused by its wrong view on the present trend of the times. This is nothing but a sinister scheme of the U.S. to stir up the atmosphere of pressure upon the DPRK and evade the responsibilities for the situation on the peninsula by highlighting the DPRK’s “bellicose nature”.

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Walking a tightrope at AP's Pyongyang bureau

The Associated Press is correct to describe its opening of a Pyongyang news bureau as a “remarkable milestone.” No Western news organization has ever had a full-time, full-service bureau in North Korea. And anyone familiar with the work that AP Seoul Bureau Chief Jean Lee and AP Chief Asia Photographer David Guttenfelder have filed from Pyongyang during the past year would agree that they have enhanced our understanding of the country.

Still, the arrangement leaves us feeling uneasy. AP’s partner in the venture is the Korean Central News Agency, the state-controlled propaganda machine known for comically over-the-top screeds so full of invective against South Korea that it inspired a spoof “Random Insult Generator.” Even Lee recently referred to KCNA as “one of the chief propaganda organs tasked with building up the quasi-religious mystique around the Kim family.”

AP President/CEO Tom Curley insists that the Pyongyang bureau will operate under the same standards and practices as other AP bureaus. But AP’s own story on the bureau opening reports that it will be staffed not by Western journalists, but by a North Korean reporter and photographer. The story doesn’t state the obvious: that KCNA — that is to say, the North Korean government — would never allow Western journalists to live and work permanently in Pyongyang and that it no doubt insisted on vetting any local employees hired to staff the bureau (which, by the way, is located inside KCNA headquarters).

Needless to say, AP will be walking a (very) fine line in its relationship with KCNA, doing its best to report candidly from North Korea without undermining the very relationship that makes it all possible.

There are a host of sensitive topics that an unfettered Western journalist would insist on pursuing:

— The heavy toll that Kim Jong-il’s catastrophic 16-year rule took on the country’s shattered economy, public health and popular perceptions of the Kim family dynasty’s political legitimacy;

— Life inside North Korea’s gulags (the existence of which Pyongyang continues to deny, despite satellite imagery and the graphic testimony of defectors);

— The country’s deeply impoverished hinterlands, where food shortages are most endemic;

— The status of North Korea’s uranium enrichment efforts at the Yongbyon nuclear complex;

— North Korea’s armed forces and the benefits they’ve accrued under Kim Jong-il’s “Songun” (“military first”) policy;

— How the government allocates cars, televisions, mobile phones and other foreign goods to Pyongyang’s pampered elite classes;

— Kim Jong-un’s take on all of the above — delivered, of course, through a sit-down interview.

We have no doubt that AP’s Pyongyang bureau will file news reports that are wholly truthful. How complete they will be is another matter.

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Have you guys ever looked at North Korea’s KCNA site? Amongst all the propaganda and hatred for everything Western, this article kinda hits the nail on the head aside from grouping all this shit together to make us look like devils.. which we kind of are.

News Analysis on Deeds of “Human Rights Judge”

Pyongyang, March 4 (KCNA) — The United States is tundra of human rights, the world’s worst human rights abuser.

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Report on Successful 3rd Underground Nuclear Test

The scientific field for national defence of the DPRK succeeded in the third underground nuclear test at the site for underground nuclear tests in the northern part of the DPRK on Tuesday.
    The test was carried out as part of practical measures of counteraction to defend the country’s security and sovereignty in the face of the ferocious hostile act of the U.S. which wantonly violated the DPRK’s legitimate right to launch satellite for peaceful purposes.
    The test was conducted in a safe and perfect way on a high level with the use of a smaller and light A-bomb unlike the previous ones, yet with great explosive power. It was confirmed that the test did not give any adverse effect to the surrounding ecological environment.
    The specific features of the function and explosive power of the A-bomb and all other measurements fully tallied with the values of the design, physically demonstrating the good performance of the DPRK’s nuclear deterrence that has become diversified.
    The nuclear test will greatly encourage the army and people of the DPRK in their efforts to build a thriving nation with the same spirit and mettle as displayed in conquering space, and offer an important occasion in ensuring peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the region

North Korea is preparing to bring two detained Americans to trial. Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle entered the country as tourists in April but have been accused of carrying out “hostile acts” against the country.

"Investigation is continuously ongoing but [we are] preparing for a trial based on some already confirmed hostile acts," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported today.

The short report said the “hostile acts” have been confirmed by evidence and their testimonies. It did not specify what the two did that was considered hostile or illegal, or what kind of punishment they might face. It’s also unclear when the trial would begin.

"They’re playing hardball. Their typical hostage diplomacy is no different from terrorism," said Jung-Hoon Lee, professor of International Relations at Yonsei University in Seoul.

"North Korea is obviously thinking the Obama administration is currently vulnerable, given the sensitive situation in Syria, Iran and Ukraine. So for them, this is the perfect time to rattle things up to gain leverage by using human hostage bargaining chips."

Fowle, 56 and a resident of Ohio, entered North Korea April 29 and has been held there for committing acts inconsistent with the purpose of a tourist visit, North Korean state media said earlier this month. He left a Bible in a hotel room as he was leaving the country, considered a provocative act in North Korea where freedom of religion is strictly limited, according to South Korea and Japanese media.

Insight: North Korea Shows Its Grief

KCNA, North Korea’s office state news outlet, has released a video showing hundreds of North Koreans weeping in public this morning at the new their “dear leader”, Jim-Jong Il, has passed away.

The 69-year-old died of a heart attacklike he always planned, and in no way unexpectedlywhile traveling on his private train over the weekend.

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