North Korea released new propaganda posters promoting the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration through its DPRK Today web portal on Thursday.
Text from the three major sections of the declaration, agreed upon by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the landmark third inter-Korean summit, were used as slogans in separate posters.
The five new posters, uploaded on May 31, utilize the slogan of “sovereign unification” (or “independent unification”) and feature the unified Korean peninsula map that have commonly appeared over the years.
But they also include explicit emphasis on the inter-Korean agreement signed just one month earlier, though NK Pro analyst Fyodor Tertitskiy said the timing of the release was not surprising.
“It is quite similar to what happened in 2000” following the June 15 North–South Joint Declaration signed by President Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong Il, he said.
“Pyongyang needs an atmosphere of peace and detente and such posters would help to create it,” he added.
North Korean media have heavily featured optimistic references to inter-Korean cooperation as relations between the two have improved this year.
Much of the coverage of the Panmunjom Declaration – and now the new propaganda posters – has also lifted the exact language from the jointly agreed text.
The summary text of the three main sections of the declaration have been altered only slightly for use as slogans in the posters, adding the customary grammatical “let’s” and an exclamation point at the end.
“Let’s achieve comprehensive and groundbreaking improvement and development in the north-south ties and relink the severed blood vessel of the nation and the future of common prosperity and independent reunification!” one reads, referencing English translations of the declaration used throughout North Korean news articles in May.
The corresponding English text of the Panmunjom Declaration as provided by the South Korean government, however, urges the two sides to “reconnect the blood relations of the people.”
The second and third points of the declaration urging an end to “acute military tensions” and the building of a “durable and lasting peace mechanism” on the peninsula are also featured in other posters.
The words ‘Panmunjom Declaration’ are the central focus of two, while another features two men – presumably one from each Korea – triumphantly raising a red book titled, “4.27 Declaration.”
The two which do not use the language of the declaration instead attempt to rally the public around the successful fulfillment of the three major goals.
One says plainly, “Let’s thoroughly carry out the historic Panmunjom Declaration!” while the other says the “sovereign people” of the peninsula should unite to “make a wealthy, powerful, and prosperous unified country.”
The prominent theme of inter-Korean peace, joint prosperity, and “sovereign unification” without external interference replaces the more militaristic, anti-U.S. themes that accompanied last year’s numerous missile and nuclear tests.
Recent NK News analysis of photographs from April of propaganda posters in both Pyongyang and surrounding provinces found that these anti-U.S. posters had mostly disappeared, replaced with more economic, industrial, and scientific themes.
Edited by Oliver Hotham
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