'Rodong Sinmun' publishes a new song on its front page

Monday 18th March, 2013

A new song entitled ‘The Glory of Life’ was published in the front page of today’s edition of the North Korean state newspaper, Rodong Sinmun. In North Korea, only compositions that have been ratified by the ruling Kim have valid status as a song that may be sung by the people.

 

North Korean song

The lyrics contain the following refrain: “We followed the General on this path / Oh, the glory of joy! Oh, the glory of suffering!” These words urge the North Korean people to consider even suffering as glorious a thing, as long as they obey their Leader. As during the period of the ‘Arduous March’, the North Korean state is choosing to keep the media spotlight focused on the benefits of unquestioning loyalty to the Leader. Whether this will have the same effect as it did in the 90s, however, remains to be seen.

Proudly in partnership with

Thursday 2nd March, 2017
by

In Part 1 of this analysis, it was established that neither the National Defence Commission nor the Renaissance General Bureau could have killed Kim Jong Nam. Could it have been the Operations Depart...

Tuesday 28th February, 2017
by

A better understanding of how power is distributed across North Korea's governmental system will show that it is highly unlikely that Kim Jong Nam was killed by North Korea's military agency.  Thi...

Friday 17th February, 2017
by

North Korean ex-ambassador Thae Yongho attended an international conference hosted by the Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS) where he participated in a discussion about security in No...

Tuesday 14th February, 2017
by

North Korea Strategy Center (NKSC), a North Korean human rights NGO, has completed preliminary investigations regarding the 2013 execution of former Vice Chairman of the National Defence Commission ...