The “silent war”: Kim Jong Un’s battle for North Korean hearts and minds
The DPRK leader needs economic development, but too much openness risks the ideological corruption of the people
North Korea’s government is cracking down on foreign ideas to defend against a purported ideological invasion by imperialists.
A recent article in Pyongyang’s party-run newspaper warns that foreign powers are waging an “invisible contest and silent war” by injecting hostile cultural ideology into the country. This article is the latest instance of a consolidated anti-foreign influence propaganda campaign that was ramped up after the Hanoi summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un resulted in a no-deal conclusion.
The article argues that the primary dynamic in
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