Really? North Korea called President Obama “a wicked black monkey”? (Update: It’s worse than that; Update 2, now with full translation)

Oh, yes they did:

Park made waste water-like reckless remarks slandering the DPRK’s line on simultaneously developing two fronts after inviting her American master reminiscent of a wicked black monkey to visit south Korea on April 25. [Korea Central News Agency]

Wow. There’s even a slavery reference.

The people are unanimous in deploring the fact that there is no remedy for curing Park’s mental disease as she has gone so mad with hurling mud at the nuclear deterrence of justice which the fellow countrymen in the north have had access to prevent the outside forces from imposing a nuclear disaster upon them.

Worse still, she is making a new ploy so called “human rights issue in the north” aimed at hurting and slandering the fellow compatriots. This is also part of her confrontational hysteria.

Dennis Rodman was not available for comment. Hat tip to Alastair Gale on Twitter.

Regular readers will recall that North Korea recently called the female President of South Korea a “whore” and a “political prostitute,” and called the openly gay Chair of a U.N. Commission of Inquiry, which found evidence of crimes against humanity in North Korea, “a disgusting old lecher with 40-odd-year-long career of homosexuality.” KCNA is also notorious for threatening journalists who criticize North Korean government policies.

A friendly reminder: In 2012, the Korea Central News Agency, or KCNA, signed two memoranda of agreement with the Associated Press, the contents of which remain undisclosed, but which allowed the AP the exclusive right to open a bureau in Pyongyang, to exhibit North Korean propaganda in the United States, to embed two North Korean “journalists” in the AP’s bureau who would write the occasional “news” story, and generally, to show you North Korea just as Kim Jong Un wants you to see it.

Because the terms of those MOAs haven’t been disclosed, I don’t know whether the AP is providing any financial compensation or support to KCNA. Maybe Paul Colford, the AP’s Director Media Relations, will tell you what he wouldn’t tell me.

North Korea’s words, as offensive as they are, are still just words. North Korea’s crimes against humanity are a far greater outrage. Want to get involved in fighting them? Here’s how.

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Update: There’s more. Professor Sung-Yoon Lee of Tufts University writes in with a link to a separate article — a long, poisonous, racist screed against President Obama in Korean, also published by KCNA. Based on my skim, it will translate into something as noxious as anything you’d find in a Stormfront comment thread. Not even KCNA translated it, but I will. Here’s a taste of it, as forwarded by Professor Lee:

This piece in Korean is directed entirely at Obama. They take racism to another level, with really unspeakable vitriol: “Obama’s gut-wrenching, revolting facial features,” “monkey climbing up this and that tree and scrounging up fruits on the ground,” “it’s certain that Obama has slipped out of the body of a monkey,” “he should live as a monkey in an African natural zoo licking the breadcrumbs thrown by spectators,” etc.

It’s not translated into English. The White House should translate it and see the North Korean regime as it is: a vile, despicable lot beyond reason and beneath the consideration of civilization.

This goes on for paragraph after paragraph. My poor, suffering wife promised to help me translate the whole thing over the next day or so, unless one of you would like to take this on. Needless to say, I’d never print anything like this if it didn’t have substantial public interest value. The fact that a foreign government would allow its official news service to publish this is a matter of global public interest.

For those who reject the word “evil,” I want to challenge that rejection. Remember, to the government of North Korea, racism isn’t just talk. It’s what some live by, and others die by.

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Update: Welcome, Washington Post readers.

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Update: As promised, here’s a translation of the complete article. Some of the North Korean vernacular is virtually untranslatable, so we did our best to capture the meaning, but left some particularly difficult phrases in the original Korean. Our hope is that a few of you may offer upgrades to this translation.
Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 7.32.05 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 10.50.49 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 10.50.06 PMOn the device of quoting a North Korean citizen, we saw the same device used as the North Koreans started to warm up their sexist attacks on President Park. But then, I suspect that Mr. Kang is about as authentic as Comrade Ogilvy, or at best, Comrade Stekhanov.

64 comments

  1. […] May 2 by the Korean Central News Agency, almost escaped foreign attention. But Josh Stanton, who blogs regularly about the North’s viciousness and rights violations, uncovered the Korean-only piece, as well as […]

  2. In the North Korean article’s third paragraph, should “arms failing” be “arms flailing”?

    Jeffery Hodges

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  3. Joshua says:

    Thank you, sir!

  4. Nomadic100 says:

    Well, I agree with the “Obama is a failure” part. That was an insightful comment.

  5. Lady of the House says:

    Does this pass for journalism? This looks like the handiwork of a semiliterate, brain-washed third-grader. The louder they yell, the stupider they sound. Disgusting. Thanks for the translation, Stantons.

  6. […] malediction was recently brought to light by Josh Stanton, who blogs mostly about North Korea, following Obama’s new invitation to South […]

  7. […] The condemnations, which included unprecedented levels of extremely racist and offensive rhetoric, were published following a speech made by President Obama during a visit to South Korea in April and spotted by North Korea watcher Josuha Stanton of the One Free Korea blog, several days after publica… […]

  8. Emil Lewis says:

    You know as a black man, I find the article more humorous than offending. It truly is like a little child saying any thing they can in the hopes of hurting someone’s feelings. I can’t get mad at something so juvenile.

    Also, despite what people are saying about it – its more “subtle” than it looks. If you read it, you’ll notice that it doesn’t call out the black race – it’s truly directed at him. They figure the one way they can hurt him is to play up on his race – just like they called Park Geun Hae a slut. They’re trying to strike a nerve.

    I don’t take any of it seriously and agree that the human situation is way way too serious to worry about some ranting and whining. It made for a good laugh though.

    The poster “Lady of the House” hit the nail on the head.

  9. Ben says:

    What I wonder is this: the Korean article about Obama is immeasurably more offensive than the English language piece, although the latter was already despicable. They did not translate the Korean article in English, presumably because they knew that it would be too offensive (when they want really something to be known, they’ll also publish it in English on the KCNA or Rodong Sinmun website).

    But why did they publish the said offensive article in Korean in the first place, considering nobody in North Korea has access to the internet except for a very small portion of the elite?

  10. Jack says:

    Are you kidding me North Korea, they do not deserve to be their own independent country, someone shut their spoiled mouth please!

  11. […] diatribe was recently brought to light by Josh Stanton, who blogs often about North Korea, following Obama’s recent invitation to South […]

  12. […] untranslated into English until the blog One Free Korea got their hands on it, the rant apparently describes the President of the United States as a […]

  13. […] Update: Below is a translation of part of the article. It is a picture of the Korean article which does not display the whole story. The translator left some particularly difficult phrases in the original Korean. My hope is that I will soon find an upgraded translation of the whole article. 2014-05-09 at 10.50.06 PM, the translator said: In the KCNA piece quoting the North Koreans, we saw the same language used as the North Koreans started to warm up their sexist attacks on Presidents Obama and Park. – See more at: http://freekorea.us/2014/05/07/really-north-korea-called-president-obama-a-wicked-black-monkey/#stha… […]

  14. […] Update: Below is a translation of part of the article. It is a picture of the Korean news piece which does not display the whole story. The translator left some particularly difficult phrases in the original Korean. My hope is that I will soon find an upgraded translation of the whole article. 2014-05-09 at 10.50.06 PM, the translator said: In the KCNA editorial quoting the North Koreans, we see the same language used as the North Koreans heat up their sexist attacks on Presidents Obama and Park. – See more at: http://freekorea.us/2014/05/07/really-north-korea-called-president-obama-a-wicked-black-monkey/#stha… […]

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