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North Korea poster: a conversation piece, at least?
North Korea has just released a new propaganda poster, celebrating the sinking of a South Korean navy ship ... despite having denied being responsible for it. Forty-six people died in the event.
Of course, this poster probably wasn't intended for mass distribution, which means you could struggle to get your hands on it. The only reason word of its existence has leaked outside the country, it seems, is because a Chinese businessman visiting North Korea photographed it. Featured in the photo, according to Radio Free Asia, is "a helmeted North Korean sailor smashing a ship in two" with the words "We will smash you with a single blow if you attack!"
The businessman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that high-ranking North Korean traders he dealt with "expressed self-esteem in relation to North Korea's military strength" and told him, "regardless of U.N. sanctions, we [North Koreans have] never stopped reacting."
"It's hard to understand how high-ranking officials can adamantly deny North Korea's responsibility for the sinking of the Cheonan while propaganda posters showing a ship being broken in half by a fist are in circulation," he said.
Of course, there is a chance that this is an old propaganda poster, created originally in 2002 following a naval clash between the two Koreas. Either way, it's a must-have or the committed traveler – far better than the sketch of your family by a near-homeless "artist" in Montmartre.
[Photo via RFA, Via Gawker, Business Insider]