South Korean News about North Korea: 18/3/13 Round-up

Monday 18th March, 2013

In this round-up, we present snippets of North Korea as seen through the lens of South Korean media.

  • Dailian reported that 100 top officials in North Korea have a special “Star Account Book” that allows them “free passage” across all checkpoints in the country, as well as permitting them to spend and lend money. This adds to a long list of special perks enjoyed by the super elite class in North Korea, including access to special facilities.
  • South Korean netizens devoured rumors about the alleged younger sister of Kim Jong-un’s wife, Ri Sol-ju, performing at the Moranbong Band’s 2013 New Year’s Performance, as reported in the Joongang Daily. Later reports revealed that her name was, Kim Yoo-kyung, who was in fact unrelated to the North Korean leader’s wife. Here is a YouTube video of the performance.
  • SNL Korea’s Season 4 premiered on 23/2,  says SisaIn Live, and included a segment dubbed “Global Teletubbies” (formerly “Yeouido Teletubbies”). Only the character representing Park Geun-hye — named “Ddo”— was carried over from the previous version of the sketch. The new characters included leader of the neighboring hill, Yamae (Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe), a leader from the big hill, Shi-ping (Chinese President Xi Jinping), a leader from the far-away hill, O-ba-dolee (US President Barack Obama), and a leader from the neighboring northern hill, Jung-eu-ni (Kim Jong-un).

Compiled by Darcie Draudt

Proudly in partnership with

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...

Sunday 5th February, 2017
by

Kim Won-hong, North Korea’s Minister of State Security (the equivalent of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service), has been relieved of his duties, according to South Korea’s Ministry of Un...

Wednesday 30th November, 2016
by

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A train crosses from Dandong into Sinuiju.[/caption] Despite UN sanctions, China has been reportedly exporting fuel by train from a Dandong military ...

Wednesday 30th November, 2016
by

While the price of rice remains high, potatoes normally used for animal feed have been rationed out to some North Koreans due to food shortages. While the end of autumn nears, North Korean c...