North Korean “state of war” declaration is a faulty translation and NOT official policy statement from Kim Jung Un

by Scott Creighton

“from that time” becomes “from this time on”  and “from this moment“… little change, big difference

As much as our leaders would like them to have taken the bait, North Korea has not declared war on the South or the U.S. in response to our unprecedented provocations. So when all else fails, leave it to yellow journalism like this piece of work from the New York Times or this obviously Photoshopped image that came out this past week.

The much touted “state of war” declaration is not a declaration of war from Kim Jung Un but rather a statement of support for whatever decision he has too make from the “the government, political parties and organizations of the DPRK.” It claims only they will declare themselves in a state of war WHEN their leader makes that decision showing they are completely behind him. It is a statement of support from the people and perhaps a warning to the South that the North will not fold under their attack. But not a declaration of war from Kim Jung Un.

There is a campaign of propaganda underway this week in Korea and I will show you that this latest crisis is nothing more than a continuation of that warmongering effort.

It’s being reported across the globe that “North Korea” made these statements in a recent official release via state media Korean Central News Agency :

From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly,” Ria Novoski

“Now that the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK have entered into an actual military action, the inter-Korean relations have naturally entered the state of war,” Huffington Post

From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly,” Reuters via Prison Planet

As you can see, this rhetoric spans quite a wide political divide from the fake alternative left to the equally fake alternative right and very thing in between. CNN, Fox, NBC News all of them are reporting this crucial development as fact.

Trouble is, it may be another lie. It’s hard to say because no one links to the actual original source of this statement. Also important to note, which is not being covered by most outlets, the statement is NOT from the usual official offices of the North Korean government but rather from “the government, political parties and organizations of the DPRK” and what that means is, it’s not so much a declaration of war as it is a statement to show  the unified resolve of the North Korean people against the aggressive stance and provocations undertaken by the South Koreans and their masters, the United States.

But with that in mind, it may not even be an accurate translation of the statement.

Ria Novosti, to their credit, caught the “mistake” from the AFP and published a retraction calling it a “faulty translation”. A noncommittal way of saying a “lie” I suppose. “Faulty” is right.

Later on Saturday, however, Russian media reported that a faulty translation might have been to blame for this apparent uptick in bellicose rhetoric.

The North Korean original statement apparently stressed that the country would act “in accordance with wartime laws” if attacked, and that “from that time, North-South relations will enter a state of war.” Ria Novosti

What they are saying is if they are attacked they will be ready to enter “the state of war” with the South and their puppet masters the United States.

Seems quite rational when you consider the fact that the Unites States is running practice drills dropping dud tactical nukes on islands off the shores of North Korea. Were the North Koreans to have done that off our shores, Shock and Awe would have already begun. Hell, we claim the “right” to “pre-emptive warfare” on other countries and millions of people are dead and suffering as a result right now.

This interpretation of their quote also blends seamlessly into what appears to be the North Korean’s official position gleaned from several other quotes released on the official media site.

“He declared the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK would react to the U.S. nuclear blackmail with a merciless nuclear attack, and war of aggression with an all-out war of justice.”

“The army and people of the DPRK are full of the spirit to defend the country as was displayed in the 1950s.” KCNA

“The powerful countermeasures of the DPRK to defend the sovereignty are a manifestation of the firm will of its army and people to defend the country and socialism at the cost of their lives from the hostile forces’ aggression moves.” KCNA

If the enemies finally ignite a war of aggression, they will turn to ashes without having time to regret themselves over not paying due heed to the significant warning issued by the Supreme Command of KPA that they will have hardest time with their destiny at stake the moment they make a provocation.

The strong countermeasures taken by the DPRK are not to threaten others but to defend the dignity and the sovereignty of the country and the nation.

No one on earth can check the people turned out for just cause.” KCNA

In this article, the leadership of North Korea calls on progressives to stand against the U.S.’s globalist expansion of late and in this article the state run news agency points out the fact that the South Korean leadership is attacking their own progressives who are still trying to push the reunification agenda that came so close to succeeding not that long ago.

“A battle to be fought by the DPRK against the U.S. will become a war for national liberation to defend the sovereignty and dignity of the country and, at the same time, a revolutionary war to defend the human cause of independence and the justice of the international community.” KCNA

As to the mystery of the misquote: The AFP quote about the statements made by the North Korean leadership seem to come from a website called North Korean Leadership Watch. They cite the statement as being published by KCNA, but AGAIN, like all the others, NKLW doesn’t provide a link to that KCNA article.

However, they do make this statement:

“DPRK state media published a statement (tamhwa) on 30 March (Saturday) from “the government, political parties and organizations of the DPRK.”  Unlike the recent volley of statements, or indeed most communications published and broadcasted in state media, the 30 March 2013 statement was not issued under the name of any specific organization (s).  The statement is not  cited as the work of the DPRK National Defense Commission, the KPA Supreme Command or Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces from the DPRK national security community…” NKLeadershipWatch

According to the origin of the quote, the statement isn’t directly from the government of North Korea and I am having a hell of a time finding the original source. You can find the statement here at Rodong  and a few other sites as well.

Take a look at how it is written in the context of what is said:

… The government, political parties and organizations of the DPRK solemnly declare as follows reflecting the final decision made by Kim Jong Un at the operation meeting of the KPA Supreme Command and the unanimous will of all service personnel and people of the DPRK who are waiting for a final order from him.

1.From this moment, the north-south relations will be put at the state of war and all the issues arousing between the north and the south will be dealt with according to the wartime regulations.

The state of neither peace nor war has ended on the Korean Peninsula.

They are declaring they are at a state of war BEFORE given the order from Kim Jong Un?

Now substitute what Ria Novosti thinks is the actual translation:

… The government, political parties and organizations of the DPRK solemnly declare as follows reflecting the final decision made by Kim Jong Un at the operation meeting of the KPA Supreme Command and the unanimous will of all service personnel and people of the DPRK who are waiting for a final order from him.

1.from that time, North-South relations will enter a state of war and all the issues arousing between the north and the south will be dealt with according to the wartime regulations.

The state of neither peace nor war has ended on the Korean Peninsula.

If you look at the other statements issued by the official parties of NK  you see a certain pattern. They have not declared war on the South though they fully expect the U.S. to instigate the conflict even more.

They also clearly identify their posture as being in “defense” of their nation and not the aggressor, which given the circumstances, is rational.

This statement which appears to say the North has declared war, is nothing of the sort, even if the Reuters translation is accurate. It is merely a statement of solidarity with their president at a difficult time.

But at worst, this deliberate mistranslation is someone’s opportunistic attempt to create a narrative and a history that mistakenly directs the blame for yet another war on the leadership of North Korea. It is in that sense, blackmail, just of the sort the North Koreans have been complaining about.

And given the fact that the leadership of the organizations signed onto the statement would NEVER openly declare war BEFORE given that order by their president, more than likely the Ria Novosti translation make much more sense.

Therefore, given all of this, I conclude (until such time as I can read the KCNA article myself) that the much touted “state of war” declaration being presented to the American people is in fact a “faulty translation”

The probably mistranslated statement reprinted below.

DPRK state media published a statement (tamhwa) on 30 March (Saturday) from “the government, political parties and organizations of the DPRK.”

The moves of the U.S. imperialists to violate the sovereignty of the DPRK and encroach upon its supreme interests have entered an extremely grave phase. Under this situation, the dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un, brilliant commander of Mt. Paektu, convened an urgent operation meeting on the performance of duty of the Strategic Rocket Force of the Korean People’s Army for firepower strike and finally examined and ratified a plan for firepower strike.

The important decision made by him is the declaration of a do-or-die battle to provide an epochal occasion for putting an end to the history of the long-standing showdown with the U.S. and opening a new era. It is also a last warning of justice served to the U.S., south Korean group and other anti-reunification hostile forces. The decision reflects the strong will of the army and people of the DPRK to annihilate the enemies.

Now the heroic service personnel and all other people of the DPRK are full of surging anger at the U.S. imperialists’ reckless war provocation moves, and the strong will to turn out as one in the death-defying battle with the enemies and achieve a final victory of the great war for national reunification true to the important decision made by Kim Jong Un.

The Supreme Command of the KPA in its previous statement solemnly declared at home and abroad the will of the army and people of the DPRK to take decisive military counteraction to defend the sovereignty of the country and the dignity of its supreme leadership as regards the war moves of the U.S. and south Korean puppets that have reached the most extreme phase.

Not content with letting B-52 make sorties into the sky over south Korea in succession despite the repeated warnings of the DPRK, the U.S. made B-2A stealth strategic bomber and other ultra-modern strategic strike means fly from the U.S. mainland to south Korea to stage a bombing drill targeting the DPRK. This is an unpardonable and heinous provocation and an open challenge.

By taking advantage of the U.S. reckless campaign for a nuclear war against the DPRK, the south Korean puppets vociferated about “preemptive attack” and “strong counteraction” and even “strike at the commanding forces”, openly revealing the attempt to destroy monuments symbolic of the dignity of the DPRK’s supreme leadership.

This clearly shows that the U.S. brigandish ambition for aggression and the puppets’ attempt to invade the DPRK have gone beyond the limit and their threats have entered the reckless phase of an actual war from the phase of threat and blackmail.

The prevailing grim situation more clearly proves that the Supreme Command of the KPA was just when it made the judgment and decision to decisively settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists and south Korean puppets by dint of the arms of Military-First politics (So’ngun), because time when words could work has passed.

Now they are openly claiming that the B-2A stealth strategic bombers’ drill of dropping nuclear bombs was “not to irritate the north” but “the defensive one”. The U.S. also says the drill is “to defend the interests of its ally”. However, it is nothing but a lame pretext to cover up its aggressive nature, evade the denunciation at home and abroad and escape from the DPRK’s retaliatory blows.

The era when the U.S. resorted to the policy of strength by brandishing nuclear weapons has gone.

It is the resolute answer of the DPRK and its steadfast stand to counter the nuclear blackmail of the U.S. imperialists with merciless nuclear attack and their war of aggression with just all-out war.

They should clearly know that in the era of Marshal Kim Jong Un, the greatest-ever commander, all things are different from what they used to be in the past.

The hostile forces will clearly realize the iron will, matchless grit and extraordinary mettle of the brilliant commander of Mt. Paektu that the earth cannot exist without Military-First  (So’ngun) Korea.

Time has come to stage a do-or-die final battle.

The government, political parties and organizations of the DPRK solemnly declare as follows reflecting the final decision made by Kim Jong Un at the operation meeting of the KPA Supreme Command and the unanimous will of all service personnel and people of the DPRK who are waiting for a final order from him.

1.From this moment, the north-south relations will be put at the state of war and all the issues arousing between the north and the south will be dealt with according to the wartime regulations.

The state of neither peace nor war has ended on the Korean Peninsula.

Now that the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK have entered into an actual military action, the inter-Korean relations have naturally entered the state of war. Accordingly, the DPRK will immediately punish any slightest provocation hurting its dignity and sovereignty with resolute and merciless physical actions without any prior notice.

2. If the U.S. and the south Korean puppet group perpetrate a military provocation for igniting a war against the DPRK in any area including the five islands in the West Sea of Korea or in the area along the Military Demarcation Line, it will not be limited to a local war, but develop into an all-out war, a nuclear war.

It is self-evident that any military conflict on the Korean Peninsula is bound to lead to an all-out war, a nuclear war now that even U.S. nuclear strategic bombers in its military bases in the Pacific including Hawaii and Guam and in its mainland are flying into the sky above south Korea to participate in the madcap DPRK-targeted nuclear war moves.

The first strike of the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK will blow up the U.S. bases for aggression in its mainland and in the Pacific operational theatres including Hawaii and Guam and reduce not only its military bases in south Korea but the puppets’ ruling institutions including Chongwadae and puppet army’s bases to ashes at once, to say nothing of the aggressors and the provokers.

3. The DPRK will never miss the golden chance to win a final victory in a great war for national reunification.

This war will not be a three day-war but it will be a blitz war through which the KPA will occupy all areas of south Korea including Jeju Island at one strike, not giving the U.S. and the puppet warmongers time to come to their senses, and a three-dimensional war to be fought in the air, land and seas and on the front line and in the rear.

This sacred war of justice will be a nation-wide, all-people resistance involving all Koreans in the north and the south and overseas in which the traitors to the nation including heinous confrontation maniacs, warmongers and human scum will be mercilessly swept away.

No force on earth can break the will of the service personnel and people of the DPRK all out in the just great war for national reunification and of all other Koreans and overpower their might.

Holding in high esteem the peerlessly great men of Mt. Paektu, the Korean people will give vent to the pent-up grudge and realize their cherished desire and thus bring a bright day of national reunification and build the best power on this land without fail.

37 Responses

  1. Korean War 2.0: Deescalate Now
    http://nilebowie.blogspot.com/2013/03/korean-war-20-deescalate-now.html

    i adore Lavrov, if he wasn’t married i’d be heading to Russia lol

    • so this link you leave, carinaraqno, believes the reported war threats are real?! And it shows the photo shopped pictures….
      sorry I trusted you and wasted my time at that blog….

      • well i am sorry showing you that even Nile Bowie thinks this is real has upset you so much, and i don’t have opinion on real or not yet … but hey anyone who stands up to US terrorism i say go for it

        • Seems like Jan has a point:

          Despite North Korea’s threats being empty, one should not dismiss the possibility that they will respond to provocations with force, much like how they shelled South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island in 2010 as a response to South Korean military exercises that fired live rounds into their territorial waters. This kind of small-scale fire exchange has the possibility to ignite the situation into a larger and more dangerous standoff, so it is of maximum importance that cool heads prevail and needlessly provocative displays of military muscle are scaled back. Koreans have historically seen themselves as a shrimp amongst whales – where they saw their peninsula abused by the US and the Soviet Union yesterday, they fear the same scenario repeating itself between the US and China today. If the Obama administration is not careful, it will provoke Pyongyang into doing something rash and by then, it will already be too late to rectify the situation” Bowie

          This is exactly the kind of rhetoric the administration wants tossed around “alternative” sites. It’s one thing to claim that North Korea “overreacted” to Washington’s provocation and started a way… it’s another to say we staged a false flag event after the provocation.

          Rhetoric like this does nothing to help the effort to stem the tides of aggression. Aside from that, it is untrue. From my research, they did not shell Yeonpyeong Island. It was a few mortars rounds and not large caliber ballistic shells that hit that outpost.

          • i believe you, like i said i am not proficient on this nor do i have opinion … just wanted to show you that link

            never said he isn’t wrong, i stopped listening to Tarpley as well, when i find them to be full of bs more often than not

            why not let americans get some skin in the game, first they had selective service no draft so no one gave a damn and now we use terrorist death squads (again) … so no one gives a care unless americans are threatened. get over it because soon the sky will be filled with drones and you won’t even know who they belong to or if they are “friendly”. you won’t have to worry if King O thinks it is ok to attack americans when other tyrants are making kill lists with their morning coffee

      • honestly i don’t care if North Korea attacks USA, i am concerned for Syrian people being over run by western terrorists

        • So, If our government wants to terrorize N. Korea and fool Americans into another war (like they did with Iraq)… then that is OK with you?

          • that is not what i said, USA does whatever it wants, what is Iraq, what about Afghanistan and Libya and Syria? and Iraq again (you don’t know that US is behind all the violence because they don’t like Maliki siding with Syria?) … my point is i am all for North Korea, Syria and Iran standing up to USA and saying fu to their vulture capitalism, the corporations they are trying to impose on these people, IMF and all the other big bunch of horseshit that goes with american democracy which is reality plain racist ass fascism. i am saying i think americans should also have some skin in the death game their government is playing with other peoples lives. sit here worrying about if you will go to war, are you fkin kidding me, you are at war only using terrorist proxies, and in the case of Africa, playing countries against each other … who gives a shit about USA

            • This tells a lot about you;
              “i am saying i think americans should also have some skin in the death game their government is playing with other peoples lives. sit here worrying about if you will go to war, are you fkin kidding me, you are at war only using terrorist proxies, and in the case of Africa, playing countries against each other … who gives a shit about USA.” Your words.

              Americans are dying every day in the acts of taking over smaller nations by the ‘Global’ corporate world, which includes Italy (remember their help with the Iraq ‘war’?) and I ‘care’ about the USA!

              You sit in Italy and berate just America… ??? Sometimes you get your ‘stories’ confused.
              Maybe you are having a bad day? Have a cup of cocoa.

              • maybe i am sick to death of USA, you forget plantation owners blackbirding italians for replacement slaves … am sick of the bs of Land of Free and Home of Brave, it’s a crock … and yes it is time you feel the pain you allow your govt to inflict on rest of world

                i don’t give damn what an american thinks of me

                • That’s enough, both of you.

                  Carinaragno: First of all, the people of this country of mine didn’t do shit to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chile, Iraq, Afghanistan, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Yemen, Libya, Syria or the myriad of other states out there that our puppet government has bombed, terrorized, occupied, neoliberalized and enslaved. There is a reason that propaganda is taught on the university level and there is a reason that they get paid so well when they graduate. There is a reason that the powers that really run this country started dumping tens of million of dollars into buying up the media and stacking the colleges with like minded Randian disciples. And just for the record, our “replacement slaves” were the Irish.

                  You think we don’t suffer in this country? You think we haven’t suffered? Our standard of living has dropped more than most European nations and that is a fact and if they didn’t change how we count the unemployed in the country under Clinton and they didn’t just flat out make up numbers to appease the few still working, then there would be riots in the streets every single day. All the advancements of the worker’s rights movements which ended up helping our middle class and the creation of the middle class in Europe are gone. Same can’t be said for Germany can it?

                  We are a third world nation that doesn’t even have the capacity to understand it’s own standing and what caused it.

                  Now that is too say nothing of the ongoing American Gladio operation where our own assets are killing our own kids on a regular basis in order to justify removing the ability of self defense from a certain segment of the population. We have that to look forward to.

                  And just as a reminder, the Feds gin up “terrorist” plots monthly arresting weak-minded desperate idiots for future purposes as yet unknown.

                  And to make it perfectly clear, the terrorism these bastards run in Syria and Sudan and Iraq and Afghanistan and Libya… it didn’t start there this time around, it started in New York City and the halls of congress and a few newspapers who dared write against the Patriot Act. And one of my friends died on Sept. 11th, I lived in that city, on that island, for 7 years just prior to the attacks.

                  So we suffer from that as well.

                  And of course we have the impending totalitarian crackdown to look forward to complete with black bag midnight raids on subversive writers like myself and deathsquads for those more physical in their approach to resistance.

                  You seem to blame the U.S. for all of this. That’s dreadfully wrong. France was deeply involved in Libya. Britain in Syria. Israel has had their hands in much of it all along and now they have elected the most reactionary right wing government of their brief, bloody history, and that is saying A LOT.

                  3 million people marched in this country prior to the invasion of Iraq. The only truth-telling journalist on MSM was fired for doing so. The anti-globalization movement STARTED here in this country with these people you seem to want to see suffer. Then 9/11 came along and all that changed.

                  We as a people by and large distrust our government even the ones we like. which are few. And by distrusting our government of the people by the people and for the people, what does that tell you about how we view each other?

                  Our lives have been reduced to the shallowest of measuring sticks. the lowest common denominator if you will. and blame is becoming the religion of the repressed.

                  Far too many mothers have buried their son and daughters only to find out that they offered them up for lies… for nothing. And we have more war too look forward too.

                  “Allow our government”? Are you insane? Our government is not a government, it is a branch of an international cartel of criminals, thugs, thieves, murderers and international rapists who rape and pillage entire nations at will. They spend more on controlling opposition in this country than your nation spends on national defense.

                  You think that’s a small consideration? Look at what happened to Aaron Swartz. If they can’t buy you like they have so many of our “dissident” voices (Amy Goodman) then have the Swartz method, and that paradigm works.

                  “We will either pay you with a carpet of gold or erase you with a carpet of bombs”

                  Me personally, I don’t have any animosity toward people of nations that are behind this. In reality, I don’t even hate those who sell out and mislead the resistance back into the neoliberal fold (AlexJones). I don’t know their lives. I don’t know what they were threatened with or offered. And I certainly don’t hate Israelis or wish ill upon them because of the policies and actions of their government. How can I do that and call myself a humanitarian? Though I pick on the left these days, I am a leftist and will be punished soon enough for that leaning. A real leftist, not a Clintonite pro-business plot fake leftist. Big difference. But I don’t wish them ill, nor do I wish ill upon all those suckered into supporting the Bush administration and Cheney and the neocons.

                  I think about leaving this country only because I see what is coming, what has changed, the depth of the influence of propaganda and the fact that I know in the end, they will round up the leftists just like they do in every single country they implement this neoliberal system in. I won’t be able to get out, but I also wont hate them for what is too come.

                  They have been lied to and used and if you are wondering about the soul of the American people understand this very simple fact…

                  THEY HAD TO LIE TO US AND PROPAGANDIZE US FOR 50 YEARS FOR US NOT TO BE AT THEIR THROATS NOW WHEN THEY ARE FINALLY IN THE LAST STAGES OF THEIR EFFORTS. They had to lie to us and propagandize us because at the most base level, Americans are decent people. As are the Italians, Greeks, Iraqis, Syrians, Libyans, Sudanese, etc. etc. etc.

                  This is global, not “American” and there has never before been a threat to humanity like it. If you really want to understand all of this, then look at your local business leaders. Look at what is being taught in your economics classes. Look at how your own left is gradually making room for more “pro-business” candidates while elbowing out the real left. Look to London and to the Bank for International Settlements. Nations are nothing more than restrictive regulated barriers to hotmoney speculators and hedge funds these days. Oil is fine and dandy, but the real power and the root of all of this lies somewhere in the fact that they just dismissed charges of rate rigging in the LIBOR cases. The real power and root of all of this lies in the recent Monsanto laws.

                  If only it were as simple as “America did it” we would all be much better off.

                  • please where are the protestors

                  • off topic Arkansas on top of oil spill also had nuke accident, 1 dead it’s in fars news

                  • That was a good read, thanks.
                    While i agree, that Germany is better off than the USA and South- and Eastern Europe, you can see the decline in living standards here as well. You can hear in peoples opinions, that everyone is struggling. Society is being divided. The slumbering racism, that was politically incorrect for a long time and therefore only shown in private, is becoming a legitimate opinion again and is voiced publicly again.
                    And that is another point, in which i disagree with you. I think people are to blame, personally, if they are unwilling or unable to question what they are told. To me, this is no different to what was happening in the Dark Ages, or the Third Reich. People knew they did wrong, and even if they didn’t, that’s no excuse. If you go to the authorities, because they tell you to, and tell them: “She’s a witch” or “There’s a Jew” or “Here’s the terrorist”, getting an innocent killed, you are to blame! And in my opinion, the realization of this is what makes US-Soldiers or any Soldier for that matter so prone to commit suicide.

                    Yes they were lied to and programmed, but so were you and I. So were all resistance fighters in the Third Reich, or any other fascist regime. I don’t think you have to act to not be to blame, but if you act, you are responsible.

              • and if you think i don’t shred Italy for being useful idiots for US agenda then you have never visited my site

                • ‘Useful’ ? You are so disillusioned … your pro-global leaders have money bags and power in sight and you are nothing to them.
                  and thank you, but I will never visit your site again.

              • you think my contempt is bad, try the people playing running man from your drones and DU, there is no love for USA except in your own minds

                • Your contempt is feeble…..
                  any one running from a drone has the right to hate…
                  the corporate world…. that includes Italy….

                  • thanks for telling me something i did not know, thanks to US fkin meddling since ww2 … now am done because Scott asked, and am i glad you won’t be gracing me with your presence, ciaoo

          • in fact i am in full support of bringing back the draft, that will get some people in the streets,, instead of not giving a care because it’s not their kid

          • oh and they are letting Saudis in with free pass just like 119, so look out, meantime all us peon citizens were endure TSA and the police state, 40 + years of war on terror and people are still buying it well then they are idiots

  2. FYI: i believe DPRK ;prefers to be called DPRK (Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea; not ‘North Korea’: use of North korea is always a sign of something dodgy

  3. …not the first lie of the US war propaganda machine! Fear, fear – while US is murdering and torturing people abroad.

    What a laugh Americans are! I never found an intelligent American.

  4. Here is KCNA’s English version of the March 30 statement: http://www.kcna.co.jp/item/2013/201303/news30/20130330-07ee.html

    Here is the Korean text: http://kcna.co.jp/calendar/2013/03/03-30/2013-0330-007.html

    I think you are right to note that the source is not the North Korean state as such; however, I’m not sure if the rest of your critique holds up quite as well.

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