Kim Jong Un’s 2013 New Year Address

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 […]

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

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 […]

KCNA on the death of Kim Jong-il

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 […]

Are the six party talks a waste of time? Pyongyang won’t give up its nukes, says Choe Tae Bok

We all have our private thoughts on that question. The Chatham House talk this week (29 March) by Choe Tae Bok, Speaker of the North Korean Supreme People’s Assembly, was off the record, so I have not reported anything specific from the event. But given the timing of the visit, coinciding with the implementation of […]

2010 Joint New Year Editorial: “Hooray for socialism and singing of Arirang of prosperity”

The DPRK’s joint new year editorial celebrates revolutionary upsurges, an orbiting satellite and the economic upturn. Here is the version published on the KCNA website Joint New Year Editorial Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) — Rodong Sinmun, Josoninmingun and Chongnyonjonwi Friday published a joint editorial titled “Bring about a radical turn in the people’s standard of […]

Two versions of the significance of 27 July

First, a press release from the White House, issued on 24 July: NATIONAL KOREAN WAR VETERANS ARMISTICE DAY, 2009 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Fifty-six years after the signing of the Military Armistice Agreement at Panmunjom, Americans remain grateful for the courage […]

DPRK on the US terrorism list and verification

Just received from the DPRK embassy in London Foreign Ministry Spokesman on DPRK’s Will to Cooperate in Verification of Objects of Nuclear Disablement Pyongyang, October 12 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA Sunday as regards the U.S.’s delisting the DPRK as “a […]

DPRK new year editorial 2008

A Joint New Year Editorial of the leading DPRK newspapers, recently forwarded by the DPRK embassy. Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) — Rodong Sinmun, Joson Inmingun and Chongnyon Jonwi today released the joint New Year editorial “Glorify This Year of the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of the DPRK as a Year of Historical Turn Which […]

DPRK Foreign Ministry comment on UNDP withdrawl

Just received Pyongyang, March 13 (KCNA) — The United Nations Development Program recently announced that it would suspend its country program for the DPRK and, accordingly, withdraw the staff members of its office from Pyongyang. A spokesman for the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tuesday answered the question raised by KCNA in this regard. The […]

DPRK Joint New Year Editorial 2007

Just received from the DPRK embassy Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) — Rodong Sinmun, Joson Inmingun and Chongnyon Jonwi today released a joint editorial under the title “Usher in a Great Heyday of Songun Korea Full of Confidence in Victory” on the occasion of the hope-filled New Year. The DPRK has never seen in the annals […]