SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea unveiled Thursday an exclamation mark peppered list of 310 new political slogans covering every conceivable topic, from the glories of the ruling Kim dynasty and mushroom cultivation to the importance of dependable wives and “offensive” sports.
Oh, and the perennial need to wipe out US imperialist scum.
Political slogans are an intrinsic part of the relentless, daily propaganda formula that North Koreans are weaned on almost from birth.
Those published by the official KCNA news agency on Thursday were drafted by the ruling Worker’s Party of Korea (WKP) to mark the 70th anniversary of its founding and of the liberation of the Korean peninsula from Japanese rule.
Their tone was by turns aggressive, encouraging, comforting and threatening, and the style ranged equally widely from the oddly poetic to the laboriously clunky.
“Make fruits cascade down and their sweet aroma fill the air on the sea of apple trees at the foot of Chol Pass!” was one agriculture-themed offering, followed by “Let us turn ours into a country of mushrooms!” and “Grow vegetables extensively in greenhouses!”
Prominence was given to a long section of slogans hailing the legacy of late leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, and urging loyalty to the third generation Kim ruler, Kim Jong-Un.
Others covered military strength, the economy, farming, science and technology, education, the arts and sports.
Some like “Play sports games in an offensive way!” underlined the potential pitfalls of translating pithy ideology.