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Posted on May 27, 2009
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North Korea’s state Twitter feed is available in Korean, English and Spanish.

Sure, Obama and McCain (well, actually their staffs) joined micro-blogging site Twitter for propaganda purposes. But now the nuke-happy and secretive North Koreans are getting in on the Web 2.0 revolution, offering an interesting state-controlled glimpse into the isolated country.

The Guardian:

North Korea is renowned for many things—not least surprise nuclear tests—but it can hardly claim to be at the forefront of the information technology revolution.

While the country’s leader, Kim Jong-il, boasts of being a whiz on the web, internet access is otherwise all but unknown in a country where the state keeps the tightest of grips on the flow of information. Pyongyang, the capital, has a couple of—heavily monitored—internet cafes, while North Korea’s recently allocated .kp country code only came into existence in 2007.

It thus comes as a slight surprise to browse Twitter and find a feed from the country’s state press organisation, the Korean Central News Agency.

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By KDelphi, May 27, 2009 at 9:35 am Link to this comment

Here’s a story from the twitter posting: (squeaking sound, as if cleaning out ear!)

calendar>>May 26. 2009 Juche 98





Souvenir Picture Which Was Not Taken





Pyongyang, May 26 (KCNA)—The car carrying General Secretary Kim Jong Il was running a sightseeing road of Mt. Kuwol on May 1, Juche 86 (1997).

The road under construction was yet far short of completion. Not minding this, however, he did not take his eyes off a car window as if he was fathoming the troubles of the soldier builders.


He got off the car near the fork of the road in the mid-slope of the mountain and met commanding officers of a unit of the Korean People’s Army engaged in the building of the holiday resort of Mt. Kuwol and highly appreciated the painstaking work of the soldier builders. He earnestly told them to spruce up the mountain to provide the people with a better resort of cultural recreation, true to the behest of President Kim Il Sung.


He went round a number of construction sites through the sightseeing road built by soldiers and spread before them a far-reaching blueprint to turn the mountain into a splendid resort of cultural recreation for the people.


The sun of May Day began to sink unnoticed.


Out of the ardent desire to provide him a happy time, if but for a moment, officials earnestly asked him to have a picture taken with them against the background of the picturesque scenery of the mountain.


He smiled a generous smile of understanding and said that was not a good idea when the resort was in the thick of construction and he would come again after the completion of the project and have a souvenir picture taken.


The officials were choked with emotion at his words full of warm love for the toiling soldier builders whom he thought before anyone else.


The story about the souvenir picture which was not taken will go down long to the posterity as a legend of the leader’s love for the KPA soldiers along with Mt. Kuwol, a famous mountain of the people.

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