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Despite being staffed by writers mainly from Europe and North America, at NK NEWS we have been increasingly receiving correspondence from readers who believe the site is an official arm of the North Korean government, run from Pyongyang.
Perhaps it’s because we’ve got a red star in our logo? Maybe Texaco suffer from the same problem.
Recent months have been particularly colorful. The more North Korea issues threats, tests nuclear devices or launches rockets, the more we receive ridiculous messages from ridiculous people. Ranging from death threats aimed at our staff, to gift suggestion requests for the DPRK leadership, these messages provide a unique insight into the daily life of running a North Korea news website.
Two years ago we published an almost absurd exchange with an Israeli company looking to buy North Korean weapons via NK NEWS, but given the latest surge in wacky correspondence, we thought it was time to share more of it with you:
CAUTION: READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED
The Top Five Emails
1. Jonatha John <email@example.com> Mar 19
Hello, thanks for the news about the baby girl born to Kim Jong Un and his wife. I would like to send them a small gift for a baby girl. Can you give me the information needed to send such a gift? Thank you very much. I believe in your work of providing information about North Korea and South Korea, but sometimes your writers are too sarcastic. Increasing suspicion is not helpful, I feel. But I would like to send a goodwill gift for the baby. Sincerely, Jonatha Ann Johnson, in Vicksburg, Michigan.
2. MOULAY ACHRAF NYAB <firstname.lastname@example.org> Feb 18
I AM THE MOROCCAN PRINCE IN CHARGE OF KHOURIBGA/MOROCCO. I NEED SOME NORTH KOREAN MISSILES TO BOMB AMERICA. MY KOREAN LAWYER KIM RYUL TOLD ME THAT AMERICANS ARE THE TERRORISTS WHO ARE KILLING ME.
3. Jon Novachich <email@example.com> Mar 7
please forward to new young. the usa is trying to steal my concept for a nuclear suit case bomb so i want to share it with new young. for the 16,000 degree triger i am using a cyntrifical jet fueled blow tourch and for the speed i am having two high power rifle cartridges that can shoot 4,000 yards per second. if you do the math each cartiridge is traveling at a speed of 8,200mph so an impact would be 16,400mph whitch meets the 13,000mph needed for a nuclear explosion. think of it as two gun barrles facing each other into the cyntrifical jet fueled blow tourch. also they are trying to steal my idea for a forced agirithium that could match any computers agirithuim. the usa has put a satellite into the sky that can read minds along with vision.president obama,cia dirwell,cia gross admiral jeremy boorda, homeland secuirity chris hardin along with colorado springs airforce and buckley airforce base and aerospace data facity will be using this technology since i sent this message
4. Bobby <firstname.lastname@example.org> Mar 12
North Korea will meet certain doom and total anihalation if it takes any action against US and South Korea for the upcoming drills that have been conducted since the end of the war and they know it. We might have a weak President but our military is far superior to the want to be North Korean military, It is to bad that we can’t get all the brainwashed citizens out before destroying once and for all the pathetic government and military of North Korea, stop your saber rattling , it’s getting a littlle old and tired, but shows the tail between your legs!!!
5. Nadeem <email@example.com> Mar 18
Your propaganda filled website is a farce. You’re a bunch of exiles repeating Washington’s line. Traitors.
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