The shakeup at the top of North Korea’s military and acknowledgement that a woman seen with dictator Kim Jong Eun recently is his wife has led to a meme in news coverage and analysis that it’s all a sign North Korea is changing.
No way, North Korea said on Sunday.
In a dispatch headlined “To Expect ‘Change’ From DPRK Is Foolish Ambition,” the North’s Korea Central News Agency in stark terms confronted and put down speculation and comments by outsiders that its authoritarian government might change its ways.
It quoted a spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, one of the North’s bodies responsible for dealings with the South as saying, “The army and people of the DPRK are dynamically advancing toward the final victory full of fresh conviction and vitality.”
Then the spokesman said that South Korea’s government – which it blames for many of its problems – “let experts in the north affairs and others interpret the stirring situation of the DPRK in a self-centered manner, vociferating about ‘signs of policy change’ and ‘attempt at reform and opening.’”
He called that “ridiculous rhetoric” created with “sinister intent.”
“As far as ‘signs of policy change’ are concerned, there can not be any slightest change in all policies of the DPRK as they are meant to carry forward and accomplish the ideas and cause of the peerlessly great persons generation after generation,” the report added, in an apparent reference to the leadership of the Kim family, Il Sung, Jong Il and Jong Eun.
From the original KCNA piece:
To expect "policy change" and "reform and opening" from the DPRK is nothing but a foolish and silly dream just like wanting the sun to rise in the west.
The DPRK is effecting new innovations and creations in order to make its people enjoy modern and a highly civilized life and live in luxury and comfort under socialism to their heart's content while pushing back the frontiers of latest science and technology in all fields. The puppet group should not get confused.
Great Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism is the immutable guidelines and invincible banner of the Korean revolution and it is the steadfast faith of all the army and people of the DPRK to unswervingly keep to the path of socialism, the road of independence and Songun, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un.
The DPRK will in the future, too, push forward the general advance for the final victory and certainly build a reunified and thriving nation on this land by its own efforts, holding higher the banner of Juche and Songun.