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

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