North Korea’s state news agency has published a lengthy rebuttal to a Shenzhen TV report which claimed that tubby dictator Kim Jong-un has had plastic surgery (which would explain how he came to be so damn attractive).
The Shenzhen TV report quoted an unnamed North Korean official who claimed that Kim had surgery six times in order to look more like his dead grandfather (and eternal necrocratic leader of the DPRK) Kim Il-sung.
In a typically restrained editorial, “KCNA Commentary Refutes Paid Media’s False Story”, North Korea’s official new agency excoriated both South Korean media and their Chinese counterparts.
The sun will always give off its light even though rats make nonsensical remarks moving around ditch, while finding it hard to raise their heads to the bright human world.
It is true that the sun always shines and it is a foolish and ridiculous thing, at the same time, to attempt to eclipse the sunshine with a palm.
The vituperation made by hostile forces only reflects the fear and uneasiness of those who were much upset by the international dignity of the supreme headquarters of the DPRK and its single-minded unity.
Some media of China should draw a serious lesson from the fact that in November last year they echoed the false propaganda of forces hostile to the DPRK only to suffer international shame and they got accusation even at home that “they are deceived as they are cheating people.”
Chinese propaganda officials are already backpeddling in the face of this, to borrow a word from KCNA, vituperation. China Digital Times reports that the following memo was sent around to all media organisations soon after the KCNA editorial appeared:
Central Propaganda Department: Strictly observe propaganda and reporting regulations concerning foreign affairs. Do not report, comment on, or redistribute stories about the personal lives of North Korean leaders (such as face-lifts). (January 24, 2013)
Another Chinese state media organisation had harsh words for North Korea this week, after the DPRK belligerently responded to a recent UN Resolution condemning its rocket launch in December with a promise to carry out “high level” nuclear tests. The Global Times, after emphasising China’s role in weakening the UN resolution before it ratified it, chastised the hermit kingdom for behaving like such a spoiled little brat:
It seems that North Korea does not appreciate China’s efforts. It criticized China without explicitly naming it in its statement yesterday: “Those big countries, which are obliged to take the lead in building a fair world order, are abandoning without hesitation even elementary principles, under the influence of the US’ arbitrary and high-handed practices, and failing to come to their senses.”
Just let North Korea be “angry.” We can’t sit by and do nothing just because we are worried it might impact the Sino-North Korean relationship. Just let the US, Japan and South Korea grumble about China. We have no obligation to soothe their feelings.
Rest assured that North Korean politicians will be far more worried about this state media pronouncement than their Chinese counterparts were of the KCNA’s.
[Via: Business Insider]