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As spring arrives, so do the annual US-ROK joint military exercises. As last year, there will be a demonstration outside the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square to protest about the exercises and against the sanctions regime. It will be held 4pm-6pm on Saturday 4 March and is jointly organised by Juche London, the Korea Friendship […]

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Kim Jong Un’s 2017 New Year Address

by Philip Gowman 2 January 2017
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The following is the text of Kim Jong Un’s 2017 New Year Address, sourced from Rodong Sinmun: Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, made his address on the New Year, Juche 106 (2017). The […]

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New Paju footbridge honours Glorious Glosters

by Philip Gowman 25 October 2016
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I am grateful to the Association for the Study of Songun Politics UK for alerting me to the recent opening of a new bridge – the “Gloucester Heroes Bridge” – commemorating the role of British forces (and it was not just the Glosters, though they are the regiment who feature most prominently in the accounts) […]

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DPRK attacks UK’s participation in military exercises

by Philip Gowman 15 October 2016
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I’m not sure that many people knew we were participating. But here’s what the official DPRK news agency has to say about it. Britain’s Decision to Dispatch Its Fighters to U.S.-S. Korea Joint Military Drill against DPRK Blasted Pyongyang, October 14 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following […]

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Minister Thae moves south

by Philip Gowman 19 August 2016
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Here are a few links relating to Minister Thae Yong-ho’s defection. Minister Thae was the cultural attache at the DPRK embassy in London, and according to reports effectively the deputy head of mission. At LKL, we came across him during the second art exhibition held at the embassy back in 2014. He was probably there […]

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KFA holds protest outside the US embassy

by Philip Gowman 6 March 2016
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LKL wandered past the American Embassy yesterday afternoon to see the supporters the UK Korean Friendship Association who were protesting against the annual ROK-US joint military exercises. It will be remembered that the DPRK view of these exercises is that they are offensive, not defensive. Conveniently, the KFA published a press release about the demonstration. […]

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Kim Jong Un’s 2016 New Year address

by Philip Gowman 2 January 2016
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Here is the text of Kim Jong Un’s 2016 New Year Address, as published in today’s Rodong Sinmun: 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, made his address on the New Year, Juche […]

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A comprehensive list of DPRK slogans

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In case you ever feel short of inspiring slogans, the WPK Central Committee and Central Military Commission has just published a list of 349 of them. Here’s an example (#344): The revolutionary spirit of Paektu, the spirit of the blizzards of Paektu and the anti-Japanese revolutionary forerunners’ call to keep the revolutionary faith even if […]

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DPRK responds to Shin Dong-hyuk’s inaccurate testimony

by Philip Gowman 2 February 2015
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Further to the news that Shin Dong-hyuk, the “Camp 14 escapee”, has admitted that some of his testimony was inaccurate, the DPRK has written to the UN Secretary-General and the President of the UN General Assembly seeking to get the 18 December 2014 resolution overturned. The full text of the DPRK’s 2 February 2015 letter […]

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Kim Jong Un’s 2015 New Year address

by Philip Gowman 2 January 2015
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Here is the full text of Kim Jong Un’s 2015 New Year address, kindly provided by the DPRK embassy in London. 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, made a New Year address […]

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Now, what’s that book by Salman Rushdie called?

by Philip Gowman 2 September 2014
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North Korea’s rant about Channel 4’s planned TV series has now been translated into English on the KCNA Japanese website. Like most of their rants, it’s entertaining in small doses. I’ve often wondered why they invest in a translator that is only semi-competent. Here’s a select quote from the press release: The British authorities should […]

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Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un’s 2014 New Year Address

by Philip Gowman 4 January 2014
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The traditional new year address, which seems to have replaced the formerly traditional Joint New Year Editorial. I’m wondering what construction project resulted in the fatalities mentioned in the third main paragraph. Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) — Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission […]

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The official announcement of Jang Song-thaek’s execution

by Philip Gowman 13 December 2013
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From the KCNA’s English-language website run from Japan. Among his crimes: Half-heartedly clapping when Kim 3 was appointed vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea projecting himself internally and externally as a special being on a par with the headquarters of the revolution Preventing a tile factory from erecting a […]

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Official announcement of Jang Song-thaek’s arrest

by Philip Gowman 9 December 2013
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Here is the formal announcement of Jang Song-thaek’s arrest, from the KCNA Japanese website. A lesson for anyone who might dare to dream different dreams or eat in a restaurant’s private dining room. Report on Enlarged Meeting of Political Bureau of Central Committee of WPK Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) — A report on the enlarged […]

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Kim Jong Un’s 2013 New Year Address

by Philip Gowman 1 January 2013
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The following is the full text of Kim Jong Un’s New Year Address. As in previous years, we have provided links to the Joint Declarations where these are mentioned in the speech. Dear comrades, Officers and men of the heroic People’s Army and all the beloved fellow countrymen, Dear compatriots, Having seen out the year […]

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2012 Joint New Year Editorial: “The entire army should place absolute trust in Kim Jong Un and defend him unto death”

by Philip Gowman 5 January 2012
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The customary New Year joint editorial published by the major North Korean newspapers serves to reinforce the position of Kim Jong Un, who is mentioned 15 times in this 5,700-word exhortatory message. “The whole Party, the entire army and all the people” is encouraged to “become human bulwarks and human shields in defending Kim Jong […]

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KCNA on the death of Kim Jong-il

by Philip Gowman 23 December 2011
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The death of Kim Jong-il has provided many Korea-watchers the opportunity to write retrospective assessments of Kim’s life, and speculations about the future. But it is a commonplace that not much can be known for certain about North Korea. The official government mouthpiece is the Korean Central News Agency. It has reported the ice on […]

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