North Korea Reports Obama’s Victory

November 11th, 2012
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While KCNA’s English language website has been yet to report on Obama’s election victory, North Korea this weekend drew attention to the news in a domestic radio broadcast / press feature.

It was North Korea’s first acknowledgement of Obama’s win and despite recent saber rattling on the topic of the election, the news appears to have been reported without any of the vitriol usually associated with the DPRK’s presentation of the United States.

Text of  the report by North Korean Central Broadcasting Station was also referred to in the Nodong Sinmun and Minju Joson newspapers:

The United States held a presidential election on 6 November.

As the result of the election, the incumbent President Barack Hussein Obama, who was the candidate of the Democratic Party, has been reelected as president, beating the Republican Party candidate Mitt Romney.

Obama will be officially inaugurated in January next year.

Source: Central Broadcasting Station, Pyongyang, in Korean 0300gmt 10 Nov 12.  

On Obama’s inauguration in 2009, KCNA released a similarly worded, emotionless report on the topic:

January 21 (KCNA) — Barack Obama took office as the 44th president of the United States on Jan. 20. The inauguration ceremony was held at the Capitol building that day. He made an inaugural address there.

Despite that report also lacking a negative presentation of Obama, North Korea followed it up just a few months later with a rocket launch and second nuclear test.

With South Korean presidential elections around the corner, it will be interesting to see how the DPRK reports the outcome – and indeed whether or not it will follow up with another round of nuclear and missile tests in early 2013.

Picture by by IowaPolitics.com

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Chad O'Carroll

Chad O'Carroll has written on North Korea since 2010 and writes between London and Seoul.