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Fireworks over the Taedong River celebrating Kim Il-sung's birthday

The KWP Propaganda and Agitation Department and Foreign Language Publishing House is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of “The Foreign Language Magazine.”  Curtis Melvin has some good thoughts on this momentous occasion, having completed an excellent bit of scholarship on the DPRK’s relations with foreign countries.  The focus of these publications is on the year 2009 and celebrate the nuclear test, satetllite/ICBM launch, some of the places Kim Jong-il has visited this year and on the two economic “battle campaigns” and Korean history from a DPRK perspective.

Please note the following links direct you to a DPRK-based website which may not be legal to access from some countries.

In English


Korea Today

In Korean



Some of the folks who put together these publications in front of the Foreign Languages Publishing House

Kim Jong-il during a guidance tour of the Pyongyang Textile Factory. At the far left scrutinizing a rug is Propaganda and Agitation Department Deputy Director Ri Jae-il


This article was written on 06 Dec 2009, and is filled under North Korean press, Propaganda and Agitation Department.

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