[North] Korea Workers Party (hereinafter, The Party) has been organizing and conducting a series of lectures for scientists and youth intellectuals to explain the closure of the YongByun facility. Liberty Korea Post’s inside sources opined that the lecture series was meant to counter the public perception that Kim Jong -un had “surrendered to the US in the nuclear confrontation” at the Singapore summit with Trump on June 12th.
A source in HamKyungBukdo stated, “There have been three science exhibitions between August 20th and October 2nd. Holding three exhibits during such a short period of time is highly unusual. The Party Central mobilized inventors, scientists, university deans, entry level committee chairs, high school principals, and vice principals and held lecture sessions based on YongByun facility closure and the Party’s position.”
The main thrust of the lectures was “YongByun nuclear facilities are done now, and no longer useful. The cost of closing the facilities will be astronomical. Management of the nuclear waste material will cost a lot more.”
The source conveyed further the Party’s position, “YongByun facility’s lifespan was finished, but we had wasted a lot of money to maintain it every year at the expense of the people’s livelihood. Now, the US and South Chosun (South Korea) have offered to shut down YongByun, and we cannot pass up this great opportunity. YongByun was the only facility subjected to dismantlement. There was no mention of any other nuclear facilities.”
A source with a scientific background stated, “Following the Trump-Kim summit, there was a lot of buzz among people that Kim Jong-un had surrendered to the US in this confrontation regarding the nuclear issue. The Party Central focused on organizing indoctrination lectures to stave off the spreading rumors about the surrender, but the effort was not enough to turn around the public perception. The source added that the Party Central first needed to persuade the scientific types to convince the rest of the public that Kim Jong-un hadn’t surrendered.”
The source observed that the people were listening to the scientific and the intellectual types, and this strategy had been effective in persuading the masses. People in general now understand that the US and South Korea will pay a great deal of money necessary for shutting down YongByun which had outlived its use.
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