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Global Security Newswire

North Korea Erased Its Official Online News Archives

December 16, 2013

Uncles aren't the only thing being purged from North Korea these days. It now appears most of the country's state-run news archive has gone missing.

NK News' Chad O'Carroll noticed that over 100,000 articles on the website for the state-run news agency, KCNA, went missing over the last few days. Another expert showed O'Carroll that the state-run newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, is also missing roughly 20,000 articles. At least 35,000 of the missing KCNA articles were the original Korean drafts, while the Japanese, English and Chinese translations account for the rest. With a few exceptions — usually glowing articles about President Kim Jong-un — the KCNA archives now begin on October 1, 2013.

For example, searching for anything about nuclear weapons, or the United States, or Barack Obama will turn up absolutely nothing. All of the boisterous statements delivered through the KCNA when North Korea threatened to bomb U.S. shores this year? Gone.

 

Just before North Korea executed Kim's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, mentions of his name were scrubbed from the news agency's archives. That scrubbing was a clue about what was to come. But the full news purge is a confusing move at a time when Secretary of State John Kerry is comparing Kim to Saddam Hussein, and some predict another nuclear test is on the way.

Reprinted with permission from The Wire. The original story can be found here.

This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.

This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.

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