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3/5/2014 2:54:26 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I made this forum to discuss North Korean media because I feel I need an outlet to consistently discuss and debate articles made by North Korean media outlets. I will be regularly posting articles from http://www.kcna.co.jp... and debunking them. I understand that there are those out there who support the DPRK's Juche ideals and may wish to defend it. I welcome the challenge and discussion. I am a strong believer in capitalism but I respect socialism as well and even support some of the ideas involved. Know that I do not oppose socialism in its entirety and I find the DPRK to be a very interesting nation and culture. However, I also oppose them and hope they will dissolve in the near future resulting in a reunited Korea under the ROK. I am willing to debate that idea as well. All articles I post are attributed to the Korean Central News Agency unless referenced otherwise and I claim no credit for material that is not my own.
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3/5/2014 3:45:37 PM
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3/5/2014 4:10:17 PM
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Source: http://www.kcna.co.jp...

"Egyptian Organization Slams U.S. for Moves to Stifle DPRK
Pyongyang, March 4 (KCNA) -- The Egypt-Korea Friendship Association issued a statement on February 26 denouncing the U.S. for its moves to stifle the DPRK.
The statement said:
The DPRK is a socialist country centered on the popular masses, a country where everything serves the people and a beacon of hope to which progressive mankind look up.
The U.S. is taking issue with the DPRK over its "human rights issue" because the latter is standing against the former's policy to dominate the Asia-Pacific region and the world.
The anti-DPRK "human rights" racket only shows that the U.S. policy for aggression against the DPRK went bankrupt.
The association calls upon the world people loving independence and justice to extend full support and solidarity to the Korean people in their struggle for defending socialism.
It urges the U.S. to halt all moves against the DPRK at once."

I will now debunk this article according to my own knowledge and opinion:

"The DPRK is a socialist country centered on the popular masses, a country where everything serves the people and a beacon of hope to which progressive mankind look up."

If you are a regular reader of KCNA articles you will notice that the vast majority of the countries that support the DPRK are largely discredited, third-world nations that are often oppressive dictatorships themselves. Egypt is a country that is constantly in political turmoil. I have attempted to look up these Juche-supporting organizations in various countries and I have only come up with small, relatively insignificant groups with maybe a dozen or so members. The idea that the DPRK is a "beacon of hope to which progressive mankind look up." is complete nonsense. There are no respectable progressive thinkers in the developed world (North Korea is not considered a developed nation) that look up to North Korea by an means. I am a Liberal myself, but I know many Progressives and none of them support North Korea in any way.

"The U.S. is taking issue with the DPRK over its "human rights issue" because the latter is standing against the former's policy to dominate the Asia-Pacific region and the world."

This pro-DPRK group appears to be saying the U.S. is merely accusing the DPRK of human rights violations for an ulterior motive of an invasion campaign. Of course, this is a common accusation in North Korea and among their few outside supporters. This is, obviously, not true. It is internationally accepted in the UN and various human rights organizations that there are, in fact, multiple horrific human rights violations being done in North Korea on a regular basis. The local populace there simply don't realize it because they are brainwashed by their controlling, isolationist government and the fact that it has become normal to them since they were raised there and can never leave. Giving people the death penalty for simply smuggling in episodes of Desperate Housewives into the country is hardly reasonable (I don't like the show, but I wouldn't murder someone over it). If Kim Jong-un truly values education he would stop the extreme isolation of their society and allow the people to come to their own conclusions of the world they live in. There are also prison camps in the country where the bulk of the human rights violations occur that the DPRK usually doesn't even like bringing up because they know they can't reasonably deny it.

The United States has no interest in invading and conquering anybody. We invade a country to eliminate oppressive terrorist governments to establish a new, internationally acceptable government that is better for everybody. We do not stay there or claim a foreign region as our own. We haven't forcefully claimed a sovereign nation as part of the U.S. since the 19th century and we don't plan on doing it again in the 21st century. Our only desire with the 28,000 troops we have deployed in South Korea and the Seventh Fleet deployed in the West Pacific is to defend our allies and foreign interests in the region from various threats. Those threats may or may not include the DPRK depending on their behavior which has proven to be unpredictable.

"The association calls upon the world people loving independence and justice to extend full support and solidarity to the Korean people in their struggle for defending socialism."

This article claims that the world people must support North Korea's independence and solidarity which is completely in line with their isolationist ideals. I do not support the idea of helping a country who insists on being isolated from the rest of the world and to help such a country is absurd. The DPRK insists on self-sufficiency when, in fact, they couldn't exist without China's aid with food and other goods. The DPRK like an infant who irrationally claims it is independent while being vitally dependent on its parent.

Socialism is, by no means, in danger and it is ignorant to say it is. Socialism is being practiced all across the world in many different ways and extents. So is capitalism proving that the two can coexist through globalization.
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3/5/2014 4:13:52 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/5/2014 3:45:37 PM, lannan13 wrote:
I perfer the USChina dailey for my foreign asian news. It's short simple and to the point.

I have little experience with that site, so I'll look into it more. I am just targeting KCNA because it fascinated me as well as makes me want to debate it. Feel free to post USChina Daily articles on this forum if you want to discuss it.
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3/5/2014 7:02:55 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Since this is a rather large article I will address it in two separate posts

Source: http://www.kcna.co.jp...

"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.
This is well illustrated by its election system. Any election in the U.S. is a money competition among the rich disregarding the will of the overwhelming majority of the population.
During the 2012 presidential elections, Obama, the present chief executive, poured 23.6 million dollars on TV advertisement in less than one month to overpower his rivals.
It is quite clear that the will and interests of the working masses accounting for 99 percent of the population can be hardly respected under such money-based election system serving one percent rich persons.
In the U.S. its citizens' freedom of speech, privacy of correspondence and other primary rights are violated by the state power.
The government has monitored every movement of all citizens in real time with cameras and wiretapping devices and even unmanned drones under the pretext of "national security".
More than ten millions of the population are jobless and the number of those in poverty increased to 46.5 millions last year from 39.8 millions in 2008.
The housing price soared 11.5 percent last year, leaving many people homeless.
Meanwhile, only 480 billionaires of the country have possessed 2.05 trillion dollars worth of wealth, leading a luxurious and dissipated life. Last year President Obama spent at least one hundred million dollars on his one-week tour of African countries, evoking criticism from among the people.
Some days ago, the U.S. "GALLUP" released a polling result that two out of the three surveyed complained of the widened gap between the poor and the rich.
All sorts of crimes rampant in the U.S. pose a serious threat to the people's rights to existence and their inviolable rights.
New York City witnessed 1 093 cases of gun-related crimes last year.
More than one hundred thousands of people are affected by gunshots from gangs throughout the U.S. each year.
Though the U.S. administration is allegedly moving to establish the law on gun-related regulations, its attempt has suffered a setback due to obstructions of arms dealers. On the contrary, Illinois and other states have adopted bills on easing arms control.
Drug abuse that degrades people mentally and physically has become one of the social problems in the U.S. Russia's ITAR-TASS reported that the amount of heroin consumption in the U.S. rose 80 percent in recent years."

I will now debunk the first half of this article:

"This is well illustrated by its election system. Any election in the U.S. is a money competition among the rich disregarding the will of the overwhelming majority of the population.
During the 2012 presidential elections, Obama, the present chief executive, poured 23.6 million dollars on TV advertisement in less than one month to overpower his rivals.
It is quite clear that the will and interests of the working masses accounting for 99 percent of the population can be hardly respected under such money-based election system serving one percent rich persons. "

This is true and is also capitalism. However, it is still ultimately the people who choose who is the elected official. Money is merely a means to obtain superior marketing which is effective, but not necessarily a game-changer. Electoral votes in a given state correlates to how many Representatives that state has or a minimum of three. The people who put those Representatives in office are the people and those politicians must do what the people want or risk their reelection. Money merely funds the marketing operations which, while powerful, does not ultimately win you the government office. Those marketing operations, while biased, can help to inform voters as well. Of course, you don"t want to rely on ads alone for your information if you want to be a truly informed voter.

"In the U.S. its citizens' freedom of speech, privacy of correspondence and other primary rights are violated by the state power.
The government has monitored every movement of all citizens in real time with cameras and wiretapping devices and even unmanned drones under the pretext of "national security"."

Our freedom of speech is, by no means, being violated by the state. There is nothing obstructing our ability to speak out and take part in open activism. Our freedom of speech is directly protected in our constitution is plain and straightforward writing. It cannot be violated.

I would personally argue that our privacy of correspondence may be getting violated in a sense, it is by a government that can easily be trusted with it. It is not like a corporation that would sell it or distribute it as part of a deal or lose it after being hacked. The government is far more protected and has no malicious intent with our data. If nothing else, we can certainly trust our government much more than a business with our data.

The DPRK"s KCNA is accusing the U.S. of violated its own citizen"s privacy with surveillance. I will make the counter-claim that the DPRK has no room to talk here. North Korea constantly watches its people and officials for any sense of treason keeping locked up not only in prison camps, but also their own country never allowed to leave within their lifetime. Personally, I don"t care if our government as well as private entities put up cameras everywhere because that just makes be feel safe. I"m a law-abiding citizen and have nothing to fear from our government. I highly doubt we are being watched by drones because not only is that ridiculous it would also be risky that eventually they will be caught and the backlash would be tremendous. Probably not worth it.

"More than ten millions of the population are jobless and the number of those in poverty increased to 46.5 millions last year from 39.8 millions in 2008.
The housing price soared 11.5 percent last year, leaving many people homeless."

46.5 million (it"s actually 14.2 million according to UCDavis) may sound like a big number until you see that it is out of 317.6 million and that it accounts for roughly 15% of our total population. While that is obviously not good, North Korean media attempts to spin it off as being even worse. While this is obviously a social problem that we should continue to work on as a nation, there are some things that KCNA neglects to consider or perhaps even realize.

According to a Forbes socioeconomic study people who live at the bottom 10% of American society still have a better overall standard of living than the top 10% of people living in Russia! The United States as a whole has a very high standard of living when compared to most other countries around the world. Since our bottom 10% apparently live better than the top 10% of another developed nation it is an easy claim that our bottom 10% of people live many times better than probably the top 5% in North Korea (a developing country).

In regard to housing, that largely depends on where you live in the country. Overall, it may have risen 11.5% or perhaps in certain locations, but that does not account for the United States across the board. Where I live, for example, housing is actually quite affordable in comparison to homes elsewhere in the country. According to a Forbes economics article the housing market for 2014-2015 should be moderate and even improve.

Sources:
- http://poverty.ucdavis.edu...
- http://www.forbes.com...
- http://www.forbes.com...
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3/5/2014 7:10:26 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
This is continued from the previous "News Analysis on Deeds of "Human Rights Judge" article:

"All sorts of crimes rampant in the U.S. pose a serious threat to the people's rights to existence and their inviolable rights.
New York City witnessed 1 093 cases of gun-related crimes last year.
More than one hundred thousands of people are affected by gunshots from gangs throughout the U.S. each year.
Though the U.S. administration is allegedly moving to establish the law on gun-related regulations, its attempt has suffered a setback due to obstructions of arms dealers. On the contrary, Illinois and other states have adopted bills on easing arms control."

I believe we need stronger gun control laws and even some bans on certain types here in the U.S., but I will not get too far into that topic. This is something that we, as a nation, should strive to achieve in our country. We need to pass some sort of laws and regulations relating to reducing gun-related violence. I really hate to admit it, but KCNA actually has us here...

"Drug abuse that degrades people mentally and physically has become one of the social problems in the U.S. Russia's ITAR-TASS reported that the amount of heroin consumption in the U.S. rose 80 percent in recent years."

Drug abuse is a real issue in the United States, but not to the extreme extent KCNA implies here. According to a Times article heroin use is has risen by 45% since 2006. The Russia ITAR-TASS must be unspecific and probably used faulty data while playing a bad game of "telephone" with KCNA who has anti-American bias. That is something you have to keep in mind when reading North Korean media. I believe drug abuse issues are improving in the United States overall and legalizing marijuana is a good policy to have in place to focus resources on the truly harmful narcotics.

Sources: http://nation.time.com...

This is the second half of the article:

"Violent assaults on women are reported one after another in the U.S. Last year a 52-year-old man, Ariel Castro, abducted three women and confined them to his house, inflicting sexual assaults upon them for 10 years.
In the U.S., more than two million women fall victim to family assaults each year and nearly 20 percent of the women suffer from raping.
The police, whose mission is to prevent all sorts of social evils, take the lead in committing crimes.
In New York City, there was once a "cannibal policeman" who intended to roast 100 abducted women.
The U.S. is getting more vocal about an "all-people-equal society" than any other country, but it is criticized by the international community as a kingdom of racial discrimination.
Last year, the Florida Court gave a verdict of not guilty to a white policeman, Zimmerman, who shot to death an innocent black boy, evoking an array of outcries among the black community.
As many as 1 000 ultra-right racist groups are active in the U.S., backed by the government.
Such poor human rights records can be witnessed in Japan and other Western countries following the U.S.
The anti-DPRK forces should reflect on their human rights issues and inhumane crimes before styling themselves "human rights judge"."

I will now finish debunking the rest of the article:

"Violent assaults on women are reported one after another in the U.S. Last year a 52-year-old man, Ariel Castro, abducted three women and confined them to his house, inflicting sexual assaults upon them for 10 years."

You have to keep in mind that the United States is a very large country. The U.S. has over 13 times the population of North Korea so crime here will higher as well as covering a much larger land mass. North Korea has violent crimes as well, and many of them are crimes against humanity that the government turn a blind eye to. According to North Koreans who fled from the country have reported horrific conditions in prison camps and in general. Rape, forced abortions, mass murder, battery, and so on. Ariel Castro is one case in the United States of an awful crime that is intolerable and unthinkable. North Korea does it on a regular basis and turn a blind eye to it.

"The police, whose mission is to prevent all sorts of social evils, take the lead in committing crimes."

This occurs everywhere around the world; in some places more often than others. The United States is not a notable place for such corruption like Mexico or Brazil who are both notable. I guarantee you that it happens in North Korea to some extent. Whether it is extensive or not I do not know and will not speculate.

"The U.S. is getting more vocal about an "all-people-equal society" than any other country, but it is criticized by the international community as a kingdom of racial discrimination.
Last year, the Florida Court gave a verdict of not guilty to a white policeman, Zimmerman, who shot to death an innocent black boy, evoking an array of outcries among the black community."

I am not aware of any international groups calling the U.S. a "kingdom of racial discrimination". I will assume that is just KCNA propaganda. First of all, Zimmerman was not a policeman so that is simply negligent journalism on KCNA"s part. The Florida Court ruled that Zimmerman was in a position where he felt his life was in mortal danger and defended himself appropriately. While I think it is still a matter perhaps still worth debate, it is closed legally.

"As many as 1 000 ultra-right racist groups are active in the U.S., backed by the government."

Unfortunately, there are still violent racist groups in the United States and that is a blemish on our nation. However, there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that the government backs any of it. That is obviously just KCNA propaganda that they just conveniently slipped in.

"Such poor human rights records can be witnessed in Japan and other Western countries following the U.S."

Most developed Western countries actually have a relatively good human rights record. Amusingly enough, the country the article points out in particular, Japan, perhaps has one of the best human rights records of the developed world since they reformed their government in 1947 with their current constitution. Japan is known as a country that internationally pushes for human rights.

Sources: http://www.hurights.or.jp...

"The anti-DPRK forces should reflect on their human rights issues and inhumane crimes before styling themselves "human rights judge"."

I will conclude with this final debunking. The DPRK has little to no room to speak on any of the issues that this KCNA article has brought up. KCNA not only had inaccurate information and poor arguments their country also has no credibility on human rights matters.
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3/5/2014 7:14:57 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/5/2014 2:54:26 PM, AdamKG wrote:
I understand that there are those out there who support the DPRK's Juche ideals and may wish to defend it.

People who wish to defend DPRK and have regular access to the internet, electricity, English language skills? That's a pretty exclusive subset, isn't it? I mean Dennis Rodman might be there except he's in rehab now. I'm sure there's a few more but what is the liklihood that a moment of sobriety will overlap with your posts?
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3/5/2014 7:15:15 PM
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Needs to be an article on Eritrea. I do not see how it is possible for a republic to have the worst press index on the planet. A point below North Korea.
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3/5/2014 7:39:13 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/5/2014 7:14:57 PM, Oromagi wrote:
At 3/5/2014 2:54:26 PM, AdamKG wrote:
I understand that there are those out there who support the DPRK's Juche ideals and may wish to defend it.

People who wish to defend DPRK and have regular access to the internet, electricity, English language skills? That's a pretty exclusive subset, isn't it? I mean Dennis Rodman might be there except he's in rehab now. I'm sure there's a few more but what is the liklihood that a moment of sobriety will overlap with your posts?

You would be surprised how many people out there actually try to support the DPRK. I have met at least a couple on DDO. Some websites of these groups include:
- http://www.korea-dpr.com...
- http://www.uk-songun.com...-
- http://www.asianregionaljucheinstitute.com...

While these sites offer some interesting reading, it is obviously quite delusional.
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3/5/2014 7:50:39 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/5/2014 7:15:15 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
Needs to be an article on Eritrea. I do not see how it is possible for a republic to have the worst press index on the planet. A point below North Korea.

I just looked that up and I was surprised. I thought the DPRK would certainly be the worst. North Korea does occasionally hold closely monitored tours, I suppose. Eritrea doesn't even seem to do that. The media sounds a lot like the DPRK; it's all state regulated. I don't know which would be worse; being caught in North Korea or Eritrea for illegally reporting inside the country. In the DPRK you will be thrown into a prison camp after a quick and probably biased trial (mostly just for show). Eritrea will apparently just throw you in one of their prisons with also with human rights violations without so much as a trial for show.

I will look into articles on Eritrea and post one on here sometime if I can find a good and somewhat recent one. With such limited media exposure I imagine there probably aren't many.
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3/5/2014 8:02:28 PM
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At 3/5/2014 7:50:39 PM, AdamKG wrote:
At 3/5/2014 7:15:15 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
Needs to be an article on Eritrea. I do not see how it is possible for a republic to have the worst press index on the planet. A point below North Korea.

I just looked that up and I was surprised. I thought the DPRK would certainly be the worst. North Korea does occasionally hold closely monitored tours, I suppose. Eritrea doesn't even seem to do that. The media sounds a lot like the DPRK; it's all state regulated. I don't know which would be worse; being caught in North Korea or Eritrea for illegally reporting inside the country. In the DPRK you will be thrown into a prison camp after a quick and probably biased trial (mostly just for show). Eritrea will apparently just throw you in one of their prisons with also with human rights violations without so much as a trial for show.

I will look into articles on Eritrea and post one on here sometime if I can find a good and somewhat recent one. With such limited media exposure I imagine there probably aren't many.

Yeah, unfortunately African countries fly under most peoples radar, but Eritrea's "democracy" has had the same president and party since its creation in 1990. You have absolutely no freedom of speech and people are often tortured.
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3/5/2014 10:55:42 PM
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I don't think people going to be lining up to defend N.Korea. Sorry to disappoint :(. Socialism is good, but like all good things, only when used in a free democratic society, which N. Korea is not. That's about all the discussion there can be on this topic.
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3/6/2014 9:12:12 PM
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At 3/5/2014 10:55:42 PM, Seeginomikata wrote:
I don't think people going to be lining up to defend N.Korea. Sorry to disappoint :(. Socialism is good, but like all good things, only when used in a free democratic society, which N. Korea is not. That's about all the discussion there can be on this topic.

Yeah, I didn't expect there to be very many people coming to defend North Korea, but I am hoping maybe a couple might. Like I said before, I have met a few people on DDO and various other sites that try to defend the DPRK at least to some extent. Mostly, I just wanted a forum where I can debunk articles written by North Korean media because every time I read them I want to debate it because I find them interesting, but obviously wrong. If nobody does show up to challenge me, this can just serve as a North Korea bash forum!
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4/14/2014 4:10:28 PM
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"German Expert Points out U.S. Use of UN Designation Is Illegal
Pyongyang, April 10 (KCNA) -- Dr. Christof Lehmann, an expert of Germany in international affairs, posted an article pointing out that the United States use of the UN designation is illegal on website "NSNBC" on Mar. 28.
The article said:
The military of the DPRK has recently carried out military exercises.
The missiles were launched within areas designated as military firing ranges.
The UN secretary general said that he "urged the DPRK to cease its ballistic missile activities and focus, together with other countries concerned, on the dialog and diplomacy necessary to maintain regional peace and security".
The UN secretary general did not comment on the joint U.S.-south Korean Ssang Yong (Double Dragon) amphibious assault field exercise, which aims at preparing U.S. and south Korean forces for an amphibious assault against the DPRK.
The Ssang Yong field exercise was launched March 27 and ends on April 7, 2014.
The DPRK's drills are, in other words, a defensive exercise that counters the offensive, U.S.-led Ssang Yong exercise.
Ssang Yong was launched in continuation of this year's Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises.
It is noteworthy that a Special Forces exercises, Balance Knife, has been added to the Foal Eagle field exercises since 2013.
Within the context of the U.N. secretary general's one-sided warning against the DPRK's defensive exercises, it is noteworthy that the U.N. secretary general did not use the opportunity to address the United States' illegal use of the U.N. designation for its troops in the Korean peninsula."

I will now debunk this article:

"The military of the DPRK has recently carried out military exercises.
The missiles were launched within areas designated as military firing ranges.
The UN secretary general said that he "urged the DPRK to cease its ballistic missile activities and focus, together with other countries concerned, on the dialog and diplomacy necessary to maintain regional peace and security"."

This is true. The reason why the DPRK is pointed out is because of their proven unreliability and violent tendencies. They barrage South Korean settlements, launch hostile covert operations toward the ROK and Japan, violate South Korean land and waters, etc. The DPRK has earned the international reputation of being untrustworthy.

"The UN secretary general did not comment on the joint U.S.-south Korean Ssang Yong (Double Dragon) amphibious assault field exercise, which aims at preparing U.S. and south Korean forces for an amphibious assault against the DPRK."

Why should he comment on that? The joint military exercises are regular every year and was anticipated. The United States and the ROK went through channels and due process internationally before launching these operations. Therefore, they are legal and completely called for. The DPRK gives little to no warning and when they do give warning they are told not to because they have not earned the right. DPRK exercises are reckless and deemed unnecessary by the the UN and they should start making amends before acting any further.

"The DPRK's drills are, in other words, a defensive exercise that counters the offensive, U.S.-led Ssang Yong exercise."

How so? What offensive? The military exercises being conducted by the U.S. and the ROK are simulations so you cannot consider them an actual offensive by any means. Besides, those exercises are intended to be used as a counter-offensive meaning the DPRK would have to attack first. That excuse is invalid.

"it is noteworthy that the U.N. secretary general did not use the opportunity to address the United States' illegal use of the U.N. designation for its troops in the Korean peninsula."

It is not worth the UN Secretary General's time to address such a worthless article written by an apparently inept professor (although I am sure KCNA probably manipulated it). So, I am addressing it instead in my own way and it was remarkably easy.
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5/22/2014 4:21:12 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
"Japan's Moves for Space Militarization Censured by Rodong Sinmun

Pyongyang, May 20 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries seek to use space for realizing their ambition for overseas expansion and reinvasion, says Rodong Sinmun Tuesday in an article.

Japan mulls launching into space a new-type optical information relay satellite for rapidly grasping the data collected by information-gathering satellite whose mission is detecting the movement on the earth surface, says the article.

Terming this a dangerous move going against the trend of the times and the demand of international law against the space militarization, the article goes on:

Japan's recent step is another criminal act of posing threats to world peace and stability as it is a link in the whole chain of its space militarization moves.

The Japanese reactionaries' plan to launch the information-gathering satellite is a revelation of their sinister bid to turn Japan into a military giant and realize their ambition for overseas expansion by building a system for spying the DPRK and other countries with the help of a network of spy satellites.

It goes without saying that Japan's attempt at space militarization will seriously affect the situation on the Korean peninsula and the rest of Asia where tensions already run high due to Japan's shameless distortion of history and its moves for territorial expansion.

It is clear that several countries will not just remain an on-looker to Japan's moves for the establishment of the space spy system but will take countermeasures. This will naturally spark a fresh arms race.

Japan should ponder over the serious consequences to be entailed by its reckless hostile act against the DPRK and its moves for becoming a military giant, discard the bad habit of justifying its criminal acts by pulling up others and immediately stop the moves for space militarization."

I will now debunk this article.

"Japan's recent step is another criminal act of posing threats to world peace and stability as it is a link in the whole chain of its space militarization moves."

There is no law restricting the use of reconnaissance satellites. Many countries use reconnaissance satellites for government use. The truth is that almost all countries in the modern world spy on each other for their own national security and there isn't any international laws that it violates. The DPRK would too if they had the capability, but they instead cry that they can't and complain that others do. North Korea frequently makes claims of other nations violating international law that are false and are not only misrepresented but also misinterpreted. The DPRK has no room to make claims on international law since they are found guilty by the International Criminal Court of violating multiple human rights laws and not following UN Security Council demands for denuclearization and halting provocations toward other nations.

Source: http://www.northkoreanow.org...

Suggested Reading: http://www.geneva-academy.ch...

The DPRK actively violates four Geneva Conventions and four other human rights laws involved proving further their violations against humanity.

"The Japanese reactionaries' plan to launch the information-gathering satellite is a revelation of their sinister bid to turn Japan into a military giant and realize their ambition for overseas expansion by building a system for spying the DPRK and other countries with the help of a network of spy satellites."

This is just a string of baseless claims for mere propaganda purposes. Japanese satellites hardly serve any malicious intentions. Reconnaissance satellites are not only for spying, but they also serve many other peaceful purposes such as geographical research, searching for missing or downed aircraft (Malaysia Airlines Flight 370), and helping in law enforcement.

"It goes without saying that Japan's attempt at space militarization will seriously affect the situation on the Korean peninsula and the rest of Asia where tensions already run high due to Japan's shameless distortion of history and its moves for territorial expansion."

First of all, I have already made clear that this is not "space militarization" and it is not illegal or aggressive in nature. I also do not see how this will raise tensions on the Korean Peninsula as long as they simply do not make it an issue. There is no reason why this should be an issue simply because of Japan launching a reconnaissance satellite that probably is not entirely even for spying on the DPRK to begin with. The only reason why this would become an issue is if the DPRK makes it one through unnecessary propaganda and warmongering which they claim they are not. As an outside onlooker I personally see little evidence of the DPRK not being a warmonger.

There is also no evidence or apparent intention on part of Japan to make the claim that they are looking for territorial expansion. Japan has done nothing to suggest they are planning for reinvasion of anything and the general public of Japan would not approve of taking part in any war if you look at third-party studies done on that topic. If you refer the the Senkaku/Diaoyu Island dispute it is clearly obvious that Japan is the rightful owner if you objectively look at both sides of the debate.

"It is clear that several countries will not just remain an on-looker to Japan's moves for the establishment of the space spy system but will take countermeasures. This will naturally spark a fresh arms race."

What "several countries"? As far as I am aware there are no other countries that are making this satellite launch as issue. The DPRK is alone in this claim. Japan gets along very well with the rest of the world including the ROK.

"Japan should ponder over the serious consequences to be entailed by its reckless hostile act against the DPRK and its moves for becoming a military giant,"

This threat is completely unnecessary and only serves to backfire against the DPRK as framing them as the provocateur. Like any other threat ever made by the DPRK it has absolutely nothing to back it up. No other nation is feeling threatened by this and the DPRK is completely alone is this ridiculous claim. This shows how incredibly ignorant this nation is when it comes to international relations, politics, and simple knowledge of the outside world around them. This kind of ignorance will only serve to their ultimate collapse as a nation as ignorance, while bliss, is never healthy for any society.

"...discard the bad habit of justifying its criminal acts by pulling up others and immediately stop the moves for space militarization."

There are no criminal acts on Japan's record since they reformed in the early 1950's. You cannot lay the crimes of the old (now nonexistent) Imperial Japan on the new democratic Japan. Again, there is no militarization of space occurring.