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Let’s Talk about Korea: The Dangerous Tone of US Media

Pyongyang, May 23 (KCNA) — The Russian online magazine “New Eastern Outlook” on May 3 carried an article titled “Let’s Talk about Korea” written by Caleb Maupin, a political analyst and activist based in New York.

The US media makes no effort to educate the public about why Korea is divided – and often blatantly distorts and lies about it, the article said, and went on:
Prior to the Second World War, the Korean Peninsula was occupied by Japan.
From the 1920s President Kim Il Sung fought for basic democratic rights against Japanese occupiers.
When the Second World War ended in 1945, the southern half of the Korean Peninsula soon became occupied by US troops.
The U.S. ignited the Korean War on June 25, 1950.
An armistice was declared in 1953 – but the United States never signed a peace treaty. The Korean War technically never ended, and the United States has not even recognized the DPRK as a legitimate government.
During the majority of the years between 1945 and today, the southern half of the Korean Peninsula has been ruled by unapologetic military dictators.
Park Geun-hye is the daughter of the previously mentioned military dictator Park Chung Hee. Park is not only responsible for the death of tens of thousands of innocent people; he routinely employed methods of torture, collective punishment, retaliation against family members, and other extreme violations of human rights.
Park Guen-hye makes no attempt to distance herself from her father or any of his autocratic practices and well documented crimes against humanity.
Despite so much ugly repression, US media routinely calls south Korea “democratic.”
During the 1960s, 70s, and even the early 80s, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea had a very strong economy.
This fact will of course be automatically dismissed as outrageous propaganda by the average American.
Koreans refer to this period of mass starvation in the 1990s as the “Arduous March” and they blame the United States’ economic and military blockade of their country for it. The conditions in the northern regions of the Korean peninsula were very bad during the 1990s, and any other government would have most likely collapsed under such pressure.
Under extremely hostile circumstances, the DPRK survives-primarily because of the political brilliance of the Workers’ Party of Korea and its overall ability.
Hatred for the DPRK seems to be almost compulsive in the United States. US media routinely repeats outrageous anti-DPRK allegations that have no basis in fact.
The US media’s use of such extreme deception and racism in its portrayal of the situation on the Korean Peninsula should be a source of global outrage.

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