North Korea and the art of pro­pa­ganda

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - NAVIGATOR - Jack Hauen re­ports.

‘TALK­ING IS NOT THE AN­SWER’ U.S. PRES­I­DENT DON­ALD TRUMP IN A TWEET ‘(WE) SHOULD SHOW AC­TION, NOT TALK, TO THE U.S.’ NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG-UN

NORTH KOREA LAUNCHED A PRO­PA­GANDA WAR WED­NES­DAY, WITH IMAGES OF A STRATE­GIC BAL­LIS­TIC ROCKET LIFT­ING OFF ALONG WITH PHOTOS OF A SMIL­ING KIM JONG UN. BOTH NORTH KOREA AND THE U.S. TALKED TOUGH BY NOT TALK­ING.

If a pic­ture is worth a thou­sand words, the ones re­leased by the North Korean gov­ern­ment are worth their weight in gold. Staging the per­fect shot to dis­trib­ute world­wide is “a mat­ter of life and death” for the North Korean gov­ern­ment, says Sung-Yoon Lee, pro­fes­sor of Korean Stud­ies and U.S.-East Asia re­la­tions at Tufts Univer­sity, and in­volves a del­i­cate bal­ance of cheap props, im­por­tant faces and wildly ex­ag­ger­ated joy.

AFP PHOTO / KOREAN CEN­TRAL NEWS AGENCY

AFP PHOTO / VIA THE OF­FI­CIAL KOREAN CEN­TRAL NEWS AGENCY

Kim Jong Un watches the launch of an in­ter­me­di­ate-range strate­gic bal­lis­tic rocket Hwa­song-12 near Py­ongyang on Tuesday.

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