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NORTH KOREAN MEDIA BULLISH ON SOUTH KOREAN GOVT APPOINTEES

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Uriminjokkiri, one of the mouthpieces for the Workers’ Party of [North] Korea, is bullish on the newly appointed officials in South Korea.

 

Who are these newly appointed officials in the South Korean government? They are Lee In-young, slated to become the new Minister of Unification; and Im Jong-seok, new advisor for national security.

 

Lee In-young (left) and Im Jong-seok

 

They are both former presidents of ChonDaeHyup during the 1980s. ChonDaeHyup briefly, it was an organization comprised of university students across South Korea. They called themselves as activists for the democracy movement.

 

Unbeknownst to the student population, the organizers and leaders were admirers of Kim Il-sung, then the leader of North Korea. As such, they led the students in a variety of activities featuring anti-government themes, as well as anti-US, pro-North Korea.

 

Recently on July 14, a pro-North Korea internet newspaper called Jajoo Shinbo posted the following article in support of ChonDaeHyup, and Uriminjokkiri printed it on its own website.

 

Here’s the article:

 

“[South Korean] government reshuffled its top personnel in the areas of unification, diplomacy, and national security. Great things are anticipated from two men, Ri (Lee) In-young and Im Jong-seok.

 

“The anticipation probably comes from the fact that they had been presidents of ChonDaeHyup, the student organization, which struggled for the values of self-determination, democracy, and unification. This anticipation is based on the people’s desire for improved inter-Korea relations. The two men [Lee In-young and Im Jong-seok] have criticized the “Korea-US Working Group” in the past, so we should keep our eyes on their future actions.

 

“Could we really overcome the current crisis?

It won’t be easy. The unilateral actions maintained by the US will not be resolved by words. We need ‘philosophy and courage.’ 

 

“What kind of ‘philosophy and courage’ do we need to reflect the people’s demand? In short, we must summon our courage to ‘challenge the US’ with the philosophy of ‘by our own Korean race.’  

 

“That is precisely the ChonDaeHyup spirit. A million students had selected the two men to lead the student organization. Later, they became parliamentarians in the National Assembly. 

 

“Now, it is only right for them to repay the unknown students and our perished heroes. Now is the time for us. We must tell them to get rid of the ‘Korea-US working group,’ ‘THAAD,’ and ‘Korea-US military training.’ The entire nation is watching.”

 




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