North Korea · South Korea

Korea: Mind the Gap Between Rhetoric and Reality


Very thorough, fairly detailed, and insightful report.   Having spent more than one year studying North Korea along the DMZ and on all the corridors leading to Seoul, this report is very good.   The few flaws I did find were more cosmetic than game changers.  The only possible game changer was deep and buried artillery. … Continue reading Korea: Mind the Gap Between Rhetoric and Reality

Information operations · Information Warfare · North Korea · Propaganda · South Korea

Ppira: Women’s Bodies as Bait in Propaganda War Between Two Koreas


Published on July 20, 2017  by Jieun Choi A woman with curled up hair and enamel white pumps flashes her legs in an archetypal Marilyn Monroe posture — wind blows from below, ballooning up her flowing dress, which she pushes down just before revealing too much. “WHO’S STOPPING YOU?” “IF YOU RUN, IT TAKES JUST FIVE MINUTES!”… Continue reading Ppira: Women’s Bodies as Bait in Propaganda War Between Two Koreas

North Korea · South Korea

North Korean Drone Crashes In South Korea, ROK Fired 90 Shots After It Reconned US THAAD


A North Korean drone crashed in South Korea after infiltrating 160 miles, taking over 500 pictures along the way, including the US strategic air defense THAAD system Southeast of Seoul.  The drone was found crashed on the side of a mountain in a wooded area.  The below report from UPI has good detail about the… Continue reading North Korean Drone Crashes In South Korea, ROK Fired 90 Shots After It Reconned US THAAD

Diplomacy · North Korea · South Korea

Olympic Spirit Captured in North and South Korean Selfie


Brian Padden August 09, 2016 4:44 AM SEOUL—There was a rare moment of inter-Korean friendship captured at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro when North and South Korean athletes took a selfie together. Photographers at the Olympics caught the two smiling gymnasts, Lee Eun-ju of South Korea and Hong Un Jong of North Korea, taking… Continue reading Olympic Spirit Captured in North and South Korean Selfie

Information operations · North Korea · Propaganda · South Korea

With woman running S. Korea, North’s insults turn sexist


One short paragraph in this article deserves to be highlighted: “North Korea’s overwhelmingly male-dominated culture may have something to do with it as well. Kelly says Pyongyang may not understand that sexist language disgusts many.” “Pyongyang may not understand… ”  Here, the insular nature of North Korea is to North Korea’s disadvantage. South Korean President Park… Continue reading With woman running S. Korea, North’s insults turn sexist

CounterPropaganda · Information operations · Information Warfare · North Korea · Propaganda · South Korea

North Korean Propaganda: Balloons of Cigarette Butts and Used Toilet Paper


North Korea Sends Balloons of Cigarette Butts and Used Toilet Paper Across Border Julia Zorthian @jzorth Feb. 4, 2016 The country deployed balloons filled with trash across the border to South Korea North Korea has escalated its propaganda spat with South Korea by sending balloons across the border that are reportedly filled with cigarette butts… Continue reading North Korean Propaganda: Balloons of Cigarette Butts and Used Toilet Paper

CounterPropaganda · Information operations · Information Warfare · North Korea · Propaganda · South Korea

In The Heart Of Seoul, A Trove Of North Korean Propaganda


Published February 4, 2016  by ELISE HU On the fifth floor of South Korea’s sprawling National Library is a place far more fascinating than its name suggests: The North Korea Information Center. Here you can read every edition of North Korea’s national newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, dating to its first publication in the 1970s. Or… Continue reading In The Heart Of Seoul, A Trove Of North Korean Propaganda