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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Monday paid tribute to his late father and grandfather to mark the 62nd anniversary of what it claims is its victory in the 1950-53 Korean War, the North’s media said.
Accompanied by senior military officials, the North’s young leader visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun at midnight where the embalmed bodies of his father, Kim Jong-il, and grandfather Kim Il-sung lie in state, according to the Korean Central News Agency.
The armistice that ended the Korean War was signed on July 27, 1953, leaving South and North Korea technically in a state of war.
The North has designated the date as “Victory Day” to celebrate what it claims is its victory against the United States during the war.
“The participants vowed to achieve national reunification, a long-cherished wish by the two leaders, by winning a war against U.S. imperialists,” the KCNA said.
On Saturday, Kim urged young North Koreans to inherit the spirit of defending their country shown by fallen soldiers and war veterans at the 4th National Conference of War Veterans in Pyongyang.
Kim’s move to stress patriotism seems to be aimed at solidifying unity from the old generation to the younger one and easing jitters stemming from Kim’s reign of terror, experts say.
He also offered a rare show of respect to Chinese veterans as they helped North Korea in the Korean War.
It is unusual for Kim to extend respect to Chinese veterans as the North’s relations with China have been seriously strained following the North’s nuclear test in 2013. (Yonhap)
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Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo urged North Korea Sunday to come forward for talks, saying all pending issues can be resolved through dialogue.
North Korea has spurned the South’s proposals for government-level talks amid tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.
North Korea has instead demanded the resumption of a joint tour program to its scenic Mount Kumgang, which was suspended in 2008 following the shooting death of a female South Korean tourist there.
“What we’re saying is that we should find a way to resume the Mount Kumgang tours by meeting and holding dialogue,” Hong said during an interview with state broadcaster KBS.
The minister stressed that Seoul needs a guarantee from Pyongyang that it will ensure the safety of South Korean tourists.
“The two Koreas should meet and resolve various pending issues, be it through high-level contact or working-level talks,” he said.
Hong also pledged to do his best to arrange another reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, saying it is “an important and urgent” humanitarian issue.
On next month’s visit to Pyongyang by former first lady Lee Hee-ho, he expressed caution about sending her as a special envoy of the government, saying the visit will be private. (Yonhap)
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North Korea used billboards to advertise its state firms during an international soccer competition in Pyongyang last month, indicating that the communist state is employing a capitalist tool to advance its economic interests.
The North’s official Korean Central Television recently broadcast a preliminary regional competition between the North and Uzbekistan for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. During the broadcast, it showed ads for several North Korean firms selling Korean ginseng, construction materials and information technology.
During a 2009 competition in Pyongyang for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, no advertisements for North Korean firms were seen, although the North allowed South Korean and Japanese sponsors of the match — including Samsung, Hyundai and Toshiba — to advertise their brands.
Analysts said that the communist state seems to use the advertisements for multiple purposes including improving its international image of an economic backwater.
“The ads during the match are obviously a very good opportunity for the North to show to the outside world that it also has various corporate entities that are thriving,” said Chang Yong-seok, a senior analyst at Seoul National University’s Institute for Peace and Unification Studies.
“Thus, in terms of the political aspect, the North may want to use the advertisements to improve its image, largely associated with abject poverty.”
Chang added that the advent of commercials is also connected to the increased autonomy in the management of state corporations.
The North has allowed state firms to use their profits, left after meeting its state production quotas, to increase their production efficiency and interests, which might have triggered competition among them and raised the need for commercials, he pointed out.
Cho Bong-hyun, a senior researcher at the Industrial Bank of Korea, noted that the unusual ads appear to underscore Pyongyang’s efforts to attract foreign investments and shore up its debilitated economy.
“Recently, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered state firms to focus on exports and improve the quality of their goods. Kim appears to be more active to produce some tangible economic gains and in that process, we now see these ads,” he said.
“To show that his regime is faring well, he needs to show some economic achievements. But state firms do not seem to be performing well. Thus, there seems to be the need for ads.”
By Song Sang-ho (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Korea Herald