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PacNet #1 – What’s Not to Say About the DPRK New Year’s Editorial (and why it’s important!)?

Pyongyang’s four primary (and government-run) newspapers have printed a New Year’s message from the regime every Jan. 1 since the death of Kim Il Sung, who preferred to announce each new year’s policy shifts through a speech. These editorials should be seen as propaganda rather than policy, aimed primarily at the domestic audience. But, the New Year message often foreshadows policy changes and campaigns the Kim Jong-il regime plans to introduce over the next 12 months.