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Rodong Sinmun

Rodong Sinmun is a North Korean newspaper and the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.

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If you're one of those people saying, "Talk to N. Korea," you obviously aren't listening to N. Korea.
Every time someone writes an op-ed calling for talks with North Korea, I ask myself, "Talk about what?"
This passage from the Rodong Sinmun sounds like a line from a terrible romance novel.
Check p. 2 of todays Rodong Sinmun for good pic of bldg & group pic
"Rodong" meaning the Rodong Sinmun newspaper website. These appear to be ER-Scud missiles.
Rodong Sinmun front page shows Kim Jong Un "giving on-the-spot guidance at ballistic rocket launching drill."
And a closeup of that look of glee via main paper, Rodong Sinmun
Images from Rodong Sinmun of missile launch.
Rodong Sinmun publishes 10 photos of latest missile launch
More images of test just released via Rodong Sinmun. cc
North Korea devotes full page spread to South Korean president political crisis and protests in today's Rodong Sinmun. https…
How handsome! (Kim Jong-un on the front page of North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun)
Kim Jong Un back on Rodong Sinmun front page giving field guidance at a machine plant.
North Korea to Citizens: Prepare For an 'Arduous March': State-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun published an editor...
Where is KJU? 3 days in a row he isn't on Rodong Sinmun.
Today's Rodong Sinmun front page: Kim Jong Un, with wife, gives on-the-spot guidance at new department store.
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This photo, also in today’s Rodong Sinmun, does raise questions of authenticity.
The best Kim Jong Un concert photo is actually on page 4 of today's Rodong Sinmun
Rodong Sinmun: Kim Jong Un and Ri Sol Ju watch joint performance of Merited State Choir and Moranbong Band.
Why North Koreans are sometimes forced to read the newspapers:
North Korean news propaganda makes better tobacco rolling paper than the Chinese stuff, defector says
How to read between the lines of the North Korean press:
Most peoplewho’ve tried to read the Rodong Sinmun have probably had the same thought: This is so boring.
The Rodong Sinmun: propaganda that only the chosen elite are allowed to read
The Rodong Sinmun is desperately boring - does anyone actually read it?
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They've nicked this from Rodong Sinmun, who were quoting Kim Jong-Cam.
The headquarters of the state newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun in Pyongyang - Pyongyang, North Korea
Rodong Sinmun - including activities of Supreme Leader
but nothing yet on KCNA or in Rodong Sinmun, correct? this is quite restrained by NK standards. I'd expect more
wow, Rodong Sinmun got a UI overhaul check out those header icons(!)
So, guess who's in the lead story in today's N Korean paper Rodong Sinmun? Moranbong are back back back!
The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the US government was responsible for the Internet shutdown in one of the least-wired and poorest countries in the world. Though it denies responsibility for the Sony hack, Pyongyang has called it a "righteous deed" and made clear its fury over "The Interview," a comedy that depicts the assassination of the North's authoritarian leader, Kim Jong Un, the head of a 1.2 million-man army and the focus of an intense cult of personality. South Korean officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of office rules, said the North's official Korean Central News Agency and the Rodong Sinmun newspaper, which are the main channels for official North Korea news, had earlier been down. But the websites were back up later Tuesday. Among the posts glorifying the ruling Kim family was one about Kim Jong Un visiting a catfish farm. US computer experts described the Internet outages in the North as sweeping and progressively worse. Jim Cowie, chief scie ...
Front page of N Korea's Rodong Sinmun on 3rd anniversary of Kim Jong Il death. Look at the quality of that stitching.
RODONG SINMUN: Latest babblings by U.S. Secretary Kerry dismissed as raving of impotent midget.
Personally, I'm hoping some outlet "shares" review of THE INTERVIEW by Rodong Sinmun's chief film critic.
Rodong Sinmun doesn't care what season it is, or what size the people are, but spins a triumph of turf & loyalty.
For the first time in nearly six weeks, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears in public in images released Tuesday by state media. The North Korean ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun publishe...
Rumors of death premature? .Photos on Rodong Sinmun show with a cane:
U.S. Branded as Chieftain of Nuclear Proliferation. Pyongyang, October 14 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun Tuesday in a co...
Kim Jong-un appearance scotches coup rumours: Mr Kim was pictured on the front cover of the Rodong Sinmun, the...
Maybe Aaron could get Rodong Sinmun as the news agents if the Al Jezerra plan does not pull off.
Is Rodong Sinmun available in English? If so I think it may be the most entertaining subscription you could possibly make.
I want to meet hairdresser - that barnet truly is a feat of genius. Pic: Rodong Sinmun.
Front page of Tuesday's Rodong Sinmun with photos of smiling Kim Jong Un walking with cane.
Rodong Sinmun calls 4 raising hot wind of sports throughout the country true to Workers Party
An additional photo of Kim Jong Un with cane (this one from pg. 2 of Tuesday edition of Rodong Sinmun).
Front page of today's Rodong Sinmun (Workers' Newspaper) showing the Marshal conducting field guidance of the... http:/…
Was Kim off all this time perfecting the classic Vanilla Ice haircut? “Front page of Tuesday's Rodong Sinmun
He's back. (With a walking stick.) MT Photos of Kim Jong Un on front page of Rodong Sinmun.
N.Korea marks 66 years of Russia ties North Korea's state-run media has made no mention of leader Kim Jong Un on the 66th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Russia. The Korean Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun published an article on Sunday praising bilateral relations, saying the former Soviet Union was the first country to establish diplomatic ties with North Korea. It noted the 2 nations' close cooperation in political, economic and other fields in line with the principles of equality and non-interference in the internal affairs of their nations. The article said the friendly relationship fully meets the interests of the peoples of both countries and contributes to the peace and security of Asia and the world. North Korea is working to strengthen relations with Russia now that the ties with its longtime ally Beijing have recently cooled. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong visited Russia earlier this month. He agreed with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that the 2 nations will str ...
Front-page of North Korea's ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun has this new image of Kim Jon-Un
Kim Jong Un apparently reappears - images published in newspaper Rodong Sinmun show him with walking stick. http:/…
Asia News: Kim Jong Un Makes First Appearance In Over A Month: I've cropped one of the Rodong Sinmun photos to...
Another cropped close-up of Kim Jong Un standing with cane from today's Rodong Sinmun.
Here's this morning's full Rodong Sinmun front page showing Kim, with walking stick, back in the picture
Rodong Sinmun's Military Commentator on Truth behind Cheap Publicity Stunts of U.S. and S. Korea Pyongyang, August 1 Juche 103 (2014) (KCNA) -- Odd cheap publicity stunts being staged by the U.S. and South Korean puppet forces will only bring into bolder relief their unconcealable true colors as poor losers and living dead in the future, too. Rodong Sinmun Friday says this in a military commentator's article. It goes on: Those who suffered the heaviest and most shameful defeat in history and signed a surrender document held what they called a "ceremony of victorious war" on the occasion of July 27. They staged such burlesques as holding "invitational event", "peace camp of school youth and children", "peace concert for celebrating the day of the entry of UN forces" and "burning incense and floral tribute to the monument to the war dead" by inviting war veterans who sustained the defeat at that time and their descendants to be present there. These events were meant to distort their history of shame and def ...
Kim Jong Un flew to the northern Mt. Paekdu region on a Soviet-era state owned airliner currently banned from Chinese airspace, pictures published by national daily the Rodong Sinmun suggested on Wednesday. The photographs, which indicate that Kim Jong Un does not share the same fear of flying that…
It turns out there are no orphans in North Korea! From the front page of today's Rodong Sinmun, Marshal Kim Jong-un, it turns out, is father to all. To his bosom, citizens!
Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula Is Invariable Will of Army and People of DPRK: Rodong Sinmun
Rodong Sinmun on DPRK's Will to Strive for Security and Prosperity of Mankind
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Too don't forget to benchmark each equipment, process, and technology. Innovations can occur anywhere. No need to reinvent the wheel if there is one already out there. Thus localization should not be about isolation and or only import substitution. In order to be truly innovative, you have to have firms go out into the international arena and compete with the best in their markets, first as exporters then eventually as investors too... { From 2012, North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket and third nuclear test was accompanied with rising emphasis on the importance of localization. On December 3, 2013, Rodong Sinmun carried an article entitled, “Localization and National Pride,” that reported on the onsite inspection visits by Kim Jong Un to various economic sectors where he underscored the importance of “equipment, materials, and elements of localization" and "our strengths and technology." }
SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States has offered to send a special envoy to North Korea to win the release of a jailed missionary, but signaled that any meaningful resumption of denuclearization talks required Pyongyang to give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Kenneth Bae, 45, has been held for more than a year by the North which convicted him of trying to overthrow the state and sentenced him to 15 years hard labor. Bae, a Korean American, was paraded in front of a group of foreign and local reporters on Monday and asked Washington to help him get home, the North's state news agency and foreign media based in Pyongyang reported. "We hope this decision by DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) authorities to allow Kenneth Bae to meet with reporters signals their willingness to release him," a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters on Monday. "We have offered to send Ambassador King to Pyongyang to secure Mr. Bae's release. We have asked the North Koreans this, and await the ...
Good data on possible trendlines from a journal; Rodong Sinmun, however, emphasizes hardest line in equation.
Mining in Musan, on the DPRK-Chinese border, promoted with distinction in Rodong Sinmun.
On the front page of Thursday's Rodong Sinmun (state newspaper), Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman.
Rodong Sinmun worried about "ideological and cultural poisoning from the imperialists."
Rodong Sinmun Calls for Developing Friendly Ties on Principle of Respect for Independence
Rodong Sinmun writers have been soaking up Xinhua screeds against Western democracy; a signal example.
Rodong Sinmun: DPRK Film and Entertainment Industry the envy of the world.
People gather on the platform to read the state newspaper, the 'Rodong Sinmun' - Source: (http:/…
Yasukuni Shrine [Yasukuni Jinja] Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the controversial Yasukuni shrine December 26, 2013, sparking outrage in China and South Korea and further damaging Japan's already frosty relations with the region. Yasukuni shrine honors the spirits [kami] country's nearly 2.5 million war dead, including convicted Class A war criminals from the Pacific War [aka World War II]. Abe said his visit was a personal one to honor the spirits of the dead and was not meant to hurt Chinese or Korean sentiments. He said his presence was meant to show Japan was against war. Nonetheless, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang responded sharply to Abe's action. Abe did not personally visit the Yasukuni Shrine on October 17, 2013, the first day of an annual autumn festival, but did send a ritual offering. About 160 Japanese lawmakers from a nonpartisan group worshipped at the Yasukuni Shrine on the morning of October 17, 2013 to mark the autumn festival. Xinhua commentator Shi Xiaomeng wro ...
On Wednesday, Rodman led a chorus singing "Happy Birthday" to the leader of the isolated and heavily sanctioned country at a basketball match that Kim attended with his wife. North Korean state media said the song was "reflecting (Rodman's) reverence" for Kim Jong Un, and that he had organized the game as a gift for his birthday, confirming for the first time the leader's date of birth. He is believed to be 31. The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, dedicated its front page to coverage of the basketball game and published photos of Kim sitting and laughing with Rodman. "Dennis Rodman said he was overjoyed and teared up when he met the Dear Respected Marshal again," the newspaper said. Starved, beaten, abused The fading basketball star's trips had been financed by Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, although it has now withdrawn its funding. It is not known whether Rodman has the capacity to fund another trip. North Korea rarely pays for this kind of visit, according to ...
Papers Editorially Call for Steady Victories under Banner of Single-minded Unity Pyongyang, January 10 (KCNA) -- Newspapers Friday editorially call for winning steady victories in the new year's worthwhile onward movement the under the unfurled banner of single-minded unity. Rodong Sinmun says: Now the service personnel and people of the DPRK renew their pledge of loyalty to accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche started in Mt. Paektu, the cause of Songun revolution, under the leadership of Marshal Kim Jong Un. Kim Jong Un is the prominent leader who takes care of all the people and glorifies the history and tradition of single-minded unity of the Korean revolution, carrying forward the intention of the peerlessly great men of Mt. Paektu. By having Kim Jong Un at their helm, the ranks of the Korean revolution have grown stronger to be units of comrades, units of comrades-in-arms, who share their destiny with him on the road of the revolution, which should be taken despite rain or snow and the ever-vi ...
New Pleasure Ground on River Jangja A new pleasure ground opened on the bank of River Jangja in Kanggye City, Jagang Province on the New Year under the loving care of Marshal Kim Jong Un. Covering an area of over 18 000 square meters, it is provided with many sports facilities such as roller-skating park, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts and amusement facilities for children and old persons including giant stride and slide. In a district of the ground there stand over 40 miniature models of monumental edifices such as the Tower of the Juche Idea, the Arch of Triumph, Pyongyang Indoor Stadium, Chollima Statue, West Sea Barrage and Huichon Power Station which were built in the era of the Workers' Party of Korea as well as historical and cultural relics. Footsteps installed with safety chain handrails on the steep cliffs enable hikers to climb on the Mangmi Pavilion and have a bird's-eye view of River Jangja. Spectacular is also the night view of the pleasure ground. The peculiar pleasure ground s ...
The purge, trial and immediate execution of Jang Song Thaek may have cast memories back to the days of Stalinist terror and show trials, but daily life inside North Korea continues relatively untouched, according to citizen journalists working with groups such as Daily NK.   Significantly, amid the noisy domestic propaganda, the government of Kim Jong Un has not put in place any restrictive controls over access to the country's markets, Daily NK's sources inside the country report. This reinforces the perception that it is commerce, and not politics, which keeps the country both stable and moving along.   Naturally, the government has not been merely sitting on its laurels watching the fallout from the purge. There has been a constant stream of anti-Jang articles published in the ruling party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun.   Meetings large and small have been arranged in factories, offices and societal organizations nationwide for the sole purpose of pledging ideological devotion to the Kim dynasty, with at ...
I find this terribly disturbing . To think Dennis Rodman thinks this is a nice guy Rodong Sinmun / Yonhap via Reuters, file Kim Jone Un's uncle Jang Song Thaek is dragged into court by uniformed personnel prior to last month's execution. BEIJING -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's powerful uncle was stripped naked, thrown into a cage, and eaten alive by a pack of ravenous dogs, according to a newspaper with close ties to China's ruling Communist Party. The report could not be independently confirmed by NBC News on Friday. Jang Song Thaek, who had been considered Kim's second-in-command, was executed last month after being found guilty of "attempting to overthrow the state," North Korea’s state-run news agency reported. The official North Korean account on Dec. 12 did not specify how Jang was put to death. Hong Kong-based pro-Beijing newspaper Wen Wei Po reported that Jang and his five closest aides were set upon by 120 hunting hounds which had been starved for five days. Kim and his brother Kim Jong C ...
Ride with the dictator as he travels through 2013 and beyond. Rodong Sinmun/EPA/Handout Kim took his ski lift to visit Mayor Rob Ford in Toronto. Jen Lewis/ via AP Photo… This article originally appeared at BuzzFeed - Books
Kim Jong Il and his MacBook Pro (in background) in this old pic released today by the Rodong Sinmun:
Rodong Sinmun needs to take the next step and tell us what (genius 19-year-old) Kim Jong-un thought of Iraq.
YTN: Rodong Sinmun photo of Jang Song-taek at his trial shows signs of torture--bruises on his hand and face.
Extra! Extra! Hot off the press, Pyongyang's Rodong Sinmun features Jang's ouster, Kim Jong Un in glasses
North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency and Rodong Sinmun newspaper on December 4 denounced plans by the South Korean military to buy the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet.
Yes, says Rodong Sinmun, there are reasons why a song composed in 1947 inspires loyalty toward Kim Jong-un.
Rodong Sinmun on why NK will win. True, the US has loads of nukes - but the DPRK has Kim Jong-un. Says it all, really
North Korea declares 1953 armistice invalid The North Korean army has declared invalid the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War in 1953, the official newspaper of the country's ruling Workers' Party said Monday. Since last week, North Korea had been threatening to scrap the armistice after the U.N. Security Council passed tougher sanctions against it in response to its February 12 nuclear test. On Monday, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported that the Supreme Command of North Korea's army had done so. "The U.S. has reduced the armistice agreement to a dead paper," the newspaper said. North Korea also cut off direct phone links with South Korea at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. The phone line was the emergency link for quick, two-way communication between the two sides. The armistice agreement, signed in 1953, ended the three-year war between North and South Korea in a truce. Since the two sides remain technically at war, it remains to b ...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea staged dueling war games Monday as threatening rhetoric from the rivals rose to the highest level since North Korea rained artillery shells on a South Korean island in 2010. Enraged over the South's joint military drills with the United States and recent U.N. sanctions, Pyongyang has piled threat on top of threat, including vows to launch a nuclear strike on the U.S. and to scrap the nearly 60-year-old armistice that ended the Korean War. Seoul has responded with tough talk of its own and has placed its troops on high alert. North Korea's main newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, reported that the armistice was nullified Monday as Pyongyang had earlier announced. The North followed through on another promise Monday, shutting down a Red Cross hotline that the North and South used for general communication and to discuss aid shipments and separated families' reunions. The 11-day military drills that started Monday involve 10,000 South Korean and about 3,000 American tr ...
Movements. sits wondering if they should abandon the crazy nutboy and support Reunification. (I don't always follow CNN) is a very good Observer Raymond Pritchett 16m North Korean news today discussed "warheads loaded" (a ready condition) & "war plans." NK news has never discussed either publicly b4 (ever) Raymond Pritchett 14m North Korean news is quoting a Colonel General Kang speech who also accurately described implications of no armistice. Wow. Raymond Pritchett 2m There were 15 war themed articles in Rodong Sinmun today. That's most since, ever, by a lot. HUGE signal to the population. North Korea has placed Camoflage netting on Public Transport in the city. Either to try and protect the People against what is coming or as a mental Operation to turn the clueless people towards a war they probably don't want. South Korea's Park says if the North uses a nuclear against her Nation, the Norks will become Extinct. I don't know if the South has Nukes, but the United States does for Japan and east Asia. A ...
Media North Korean media are under some of the strictest government control in the world. The North Korean constitution provides for freedom of speech and the press; but the government prohibits the exercise of these rights in practice. In its 2013 report, Reporters without Borders ranked freedom of the press in North Korea as 177th out of 178, above only that of Eritrea.[207][208] Only news that favors the regime is permitted, while news that covers the economic and political problems in the country, and foreign criticism of the government, are not allowed.[209] The media upholds the personality cult of Kim Jong-un, regularly reporting on his daily activities. The main news provider to media in the DPRK is the Korean Central News Agency. North Korea has 12 principal newspapers and 20 major periodicals, all of varying periodicity and all published in Pyongyang.[210] Newspapers include the Rodong Sinmun, Joson Inmingun, Minju Choson, and Rodongja Sinmum. No private press is known to exist.[211] In January ...
DTN Korean News: DPRK unveils photo of Kim Jong Un with his father: The official Rodong Sinmun of The Democratic...
The front page, above the fold, of today's Rodong Sinmun: Kim Jong Eun marriage is A1 news (and the only news).
Complaining about restrictions on American journalists, and Helen Thomas mistaken for a man: Rodong Sinmun
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