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Anti-System Leaflets Distributed at 50 Locations

Posted November. 18, 2004 22:57,   


On November 18, the Sankei Shimbun of Japan reported in a dispatch to Seoul that a leaflet headlined, “The 10 lies of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il,” criticizing the North Korean system, were distributed at over 50 locations including Pyongyang, Nampo, Shiineuyju, Choengjin, and Hamheung.

The leaflet obtained by the Sankei Shimbun, which was dated October 10, the Workers’ Party’s founding anniversary, included contents such as the household history of National Defense Committee Chairman Kim Jong Il and the fabrication of Juche ideology.

Sankei Shimbun reported that as a result, North Korea is strengthening its inhabitants‘ ideology education.

This leaflet, written with a pen on yellowish printing paper, criticized, saying, “Kim Il Sung was originally a wealthy farmer and from the Workers’ Party’s point of view, an antagonistic class,” and that “Man Kyeong-dae’s house of birth hired tenants during harvest and Kim Il Sung attended elementary school by bicycle.”

Regarding Chairman Kim, it wrote, “In his childhood, he was called by the Russian name ‘Yura,’ and after the liberation returned by boat from Russia, and having ties to Russia, a subject of observation from the Workers’ Party’s point of view.

Considering the Juche ideology, it was critical, saying, “A ‘political body,’ which far from securing the people as owners, erected a hereditary kingdom where the leader is absolute authority,” and that “the Kim Il Sung father and son combination have made the nation a monochrome of leader unitarianism and has ideologically enslaved the people.”

Hun-Joo Cho hanscho@donga.com