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Jul 3rd, 2012, 07:45 AM
North Korea rebranded: Kim Jong Un attempts to give country new image by allowing residents to have mobiles and eat pizza

North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un is stepping up his attempt to rebrand his nation by relaxing a series of laws, it was claimed today.

Research has found more women are wearing trousers, platform shoes and earrings, while more mobile phones have been made available.
Kim Jong Un has also endorsed previously banned foods

It is thought to be part of the 20-something leader's drive to create a 'children's heaven nation' and follow in the footsteps of his late grandfather, the country's founder Kim Il Sung.

Dong Yong-Sueng, North Korea specialist at Samsung Economic Research Institute, said: 'It's all part of his image making to imitate a warm, fatherly impression like his grandfather.'

Kim Jong Un, who officially assumed the title of supreme leader on December 28 last year following the state funeral of his father Kim Jong

Kim Jong Un's father, who had ruled since 1994, was seen as a strong but cold leader.
But Kim Jong Un wants to establish an image that harkens back to what some North Koreans nostalgically remember as better times in the 1970s.

Under his grandfather, the country was economically backed by the Soviet Union with sufficient food to feed the nation.

'The powerful and prosperous Korea of the future in which you will be the masters, will be a most powerful country where every home will be full of laughter and everybody lives in harmony,' he announced to a crowd of 20,000 children invited to Pyongyang at a ceremony marking the 66th anniversary of the Korean Children's Union earlier this month.

The union is a state-run organisation for nine to 14-year-olds.
The invited children, handpicked by party officials, were given opportunities to visit zoos, amusement parks, and attend concerts.

Crowds of enthusiastic kids were seen pledging allegiance, shouting, and crying at the sight of their new leader, who wore the children's symbolic red scarf.

Kim Jong Un's father Kim Jong Il was thought of as a strong but cold leader
Kim Jong Un was educated in Switzerland during his early teens. He has initiated numerous policy changes to allow people more freedom and entertainment in their daily lives.

North Korean state TV last month showed an image of Kim in a straw hat with a huge smile paying a visit to Mangyongdae Amusement Park and pointing at its roller coaster.
Kim was also seen browsing through the park's fast food restaurant that sells hamburgers and French fries.

In the past, such delights were considered too western and were banned.
But now they're endorsed by the party. 'These facilities are eternal gifts to the people by our great leader,' state TV reported.

Another popular policy change that Kim pushed to win hearts was the lifting of the ban on women wearing trousers in public.

'The rule was proposed by Kim to his father in 2010. That marked the beginning of a fashion revolution in North Korea,' Mr Dong told ABC News.

The only times women had been allowed to wear pants were when they were working in factories or in the fields. Any women walking the streets in pants were subject to a police warning or a penalty.

'If caught, sometimes they would cut your pants right there in public to make it into a skirt

But even when the tough restrictions applied, women did not stop pursuing fashion, including getting their hair permed or dyed.

'Yes, we were hungry but desire to look beautiful lies in any woman,' Park explained shyly in her new home in Seoul.

Analysis by the Samsung Economic Research Institute found North Korean women have been increasingly spotted wearing skinny jeans, earrings and high heels.
The institute ranked platforms ranked second out of 10 most popular items in North Korean society last year.

The study is based on what average North Koreans acquired using information from defectors, press and other sources.

'The international media tends to show the privileged in Pyongyang, or the hunger-stricken poor in the northern regions. But our standard in choosing what's hot there was strictly focusing on daily realistic lives of average families,' Mr Dong told ABC News.

There is no way to determine how large a percentage of North Koreans can afford new products or how widespread their availability


How awesome he is. :sobbing:

Jul 3rd, 2012, 07:51 AM
:spit: Should we celebrate now?

Jul 8th, 2012, 07:24 PM

I just got mine today. Its completely state of the art.


King Halep
Jul 8th, 2012, 07:28 PM
the reason its so big is all the eavesdropping equipment built into each phone

Jul 8th, 2012, 07:50 PM

I just got mine today. Its completely state of the art.


Have you eaten pizza? :drool:

Jul 8th, 2012, 08:57 PM
Can they afford them?

Mary Cherry.
Jul 8th, 2012, 09:14 PM

I just got mine today. Its completely state of the art.


Do you have Zack Morris on speed dial?

Jul 8th, 2012, 09:23 PM
Do you have Zack Morris on speed dial?


Phone twins :hearts:

I don't understand though. It's an old photo and yet he is using a phone that was only released onto the market last week.

Weird :shrug:

Jul 8th, 2012, 09:31 PM
They don´t have access to any outside world. Period. Some party hotshots might have access to mobile phones. Outside of Pjongyang? Forgetaboutit

Jul 8th, 2012, 09:37 PM
Go to library and ask - http://nothingtoenvy.com/

NOTHING TO ENVY: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

What if the nightmare imagined by George Orwell in 1984 were real? What if you had to live in a country where radio dials were fixed to a single government station? Where the surroundings were entirely black-and-white except for the red lettering of the propaganda signs? Where you were required to keep a large portrait of the president on your living room wall and bow to it on national holidays? Where sexuality was repressed except for purposes of reproduction? Where spies like Orwell’s Thought Police studied your facial expressions during political rallies to make sure you were sincere not only in your speech but your thoughts?

This is a real place – the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea or North Korea. The Communist regime that has controlled the northern half of the Korean peninsula since 1945 might be the most totalitarian of modern world history.