July 04, 2020

The diminishing role of Soviet help in Pyongyang propaganda
North Korea once celebrated help in establishing its independence; now it barely acknowledges it

As we know, the North Korea was created as a result of the Soviet-Japanese War, after the USSR declared war on the Empire of Japan in August 1945 and, according its agreement with other Allies, occupied the northern part of Korea, which was a colony of Japan up to that moment. On August 15, the Japanese Emperor Showa (also known as Hirohito) spoke to the nation, announcing their surrender – this day is now a holiday in both North and South Korea.

Over time, though, the North Korean propaganda has allowed for a smaller and smaller role for the Soviets in the liberation process – at times none at all.