The United States is worse than Nazi Germany, a North Korean government-linked outlet claims in a clip released on Monday.
In the video, it argues that the U.S. and its allies are spreading “fake news” about North Korea, and compares them to Joseph Goebbels, the notorious Nazi Minister of Propaganda.
“Even in 21st century, the childish scheme and fabrication that are worse than what Nazis had done are being practiced,” a voice-over in the video, released by Uriminzokkiri, a web-based state mouthpiece, says.
“It is done by hostile forces, led by the U.S., which is trying to collapse our country with the nasty anti-DPRK human rights violation claims.”
The video uses a famous, but commonly misattributed to Goebbels, quote to emphasize the “evilness” of the U.S. government.
“The world remembers the strategic propaganda that Nazi spread, who blabbered about the superiority of Aryan race and tried to justify its invasion, plunder, and massacre on the other ethnic groups.”
“If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth, Fascist Germany’s Minister of Propaganda Goebbels said.”
As the result of this “U.S.-led fake news” attack on the DPRK, using propaganda produced by “hostile forces,” many people on the internet are bashing the DPRK’s “majestic system,” the voiceover says.
“Currently, the U.S. and hostile forces are…spreading ridiculous lies about us. Using the advanced information communication technology, they are extensively spreading the fabricated fake news and propaganda all around the world…”
Three North Korean re-defectors, who claimed to have defected back to North Korea after having lived in South Korea for some time, are interviewed in the clip.
Song Heung Chol, Ko Hyon Chol, and Kang Chol Woo all say that the South Korean spy agency – part of the so-called “hostile forces” – tried to bribe them or manipulate them to take part in anti-North propaganda.
“Just as how Nazis were brought to justice and were slammed into the garbage can of history, history will inevitably show our hostile forces’ fall to destruction – who are trying to stop North Korea’s victorious march…,” the voiceover claims towards the end of the clip.
This is not the first time that North Korea has compared its enemies to Nazi Germany.
In 2004, during George W Bush’s presidency, North Korean schoolchildren were reading “the Diary of Anne Frank” and being taught that “Bush is just as bad as Hitler,” according to CBS News.
The latest instance of “Hitler” being mentioned by North Korean outlets was less than a month ago, when the state-owned KCNA compared Park Chung-hee, the former president and father of recently impeached former president Park Geun-hye, to Hitler, Mussolini, and Nero.
Fyodor Tertitskiy, author of an NK News feature examining North Korean attitudes towards Nazi Germany, said that the comparison was rooted in North Korea’s historic links to the USSR.
“The same propaganda pattern – comparing America with Nazi Germany and especially calling their statements “Goebbels-like propaganda” – was used by the Soviet Union during the Cold War,” Tertitskiy, a PhD candidate at Seoul National University, told NK News. “The North Korean image of the Nazis was borrowed from the USSR and has not changed since.”
North Korea has not escaped comparison to Nazi Germany, either. Michael Kirby, head of the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) into Human Rights in North Korea, said in 2014 that North Korea’s human rights violations are “strikingly similar” to the crimes of Nazi Germany.
The full video, uploaded yesterday
Featured Image: Uriminzokkiri
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