Uriminzokkiri

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Uriminzokkiri
Urimizokkiri logo.png
Web address www.uriminzokkiri.com
Commercial No
Type of site
News
Registration Optional
Available in Korean (Northern dialect), English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian
Owner Korea 615 Shenyang Co.
Editor Korea June 15 Edition Company (Chosŏn'gŭl조선륙일오편집사)
Launched Around 2010
Alexa rank
Increase 196,033 (Global, May 2015)
Current status Online
[1]
Uriminzokkiri
Chosŏn'gŭl 우리민족끼리
Hancha 우리民族끼리
Revised Romanization Uriminjokkiri
McCune–Reischauer Uriminjokkiri

Uriminzokkiri (Chosŏn'gŭl우리민족끼리, Korean for "Our race ourselves" / "Our race alone")[2][3][4][5][6][7] is a state-controlled website that provides news from North Korea's Central News Agency.[8][9][10] The site also distributes information over Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.[9] The website's server is located in China.[11]

History[edit]

In August 2010, Uriminzokkiri launched YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts in an effort to improve North Korea's image around the world.[12]

On 18 September 2012, Uriminzokkiri uploaded a video containing a photoshopped image of South Korea's president-elect Park Geun-hye performing the dance moves of "Gangnam Style". The video also mocks her as a devoted admirer of the Yushin system of autocratic rule set up by her father, Park Chung-hee.[13][14]

On 5 February 2013, a film that featured New York in flames was removed from YouTube after a DMCA complaint filed by Activision due to the use of footage from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.[15][16] On 19 March 2013, a new North Korean propaganda video was posted on the Uriminzokkiri YouTube channel that presented images of an imagined missile attack on U.S. government buildings in Washington, D.C., including the White House and the Capitol.[17]

On 3 April 2013, hacker group Anonymous claimed it had stolen 15,000 user passwords as part of a cyberwar against the DPRK.[18] Several hours later, Anonymous claimed responsibility for hacking into the Uriminzokkiri website and its Twitter and Flickr accounts.[19][20]

On May 21, 2013, Uriminzokkiri claimed that North Korea's threat several times since 2012 to target Cheong Wa Dae using unmanned aerial vehicles instead of surface-to-surface missiles was intended to use "terrain features for cover". It also pointed out that the UAVs are capable of hitting Cheong Wa Dae in less than three minutes travelling at 925 km/h. The website further boasted that North Korean drones are also capable of attacking the Capital Defense Command on the southern side of Mt. Kwanak in southern Seoul.[21] South Korea's top brass ignored these imminent provocations, just as they did in 2010 before the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan.[22]

On March 24, 2014, weeks after Australian missionary John Short[23] was deported from North Korea for "anti-state" religious acts, Uriminzokkiri released an article using biblical terms and references to describe the country as a utopian paradise. Titled "Korea is a human paradise in which Jesus would have nothing to do even if he came", the article portrays North Korea as a land with free healthcare, free education, and no taxes thanks to Kim Jong-un. The article claimed that its title is a direct quote from a famous American religious figure who visited North Korea but is not named throughout the article.[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uriminzokkiri". North Korea Tech. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  2. ^ "New Pledge of Allegiance to Reflect Growing Multiculturalism". The Chosun Ilbo. South Korea. 18 April 2011. Archived from the original on April 20, 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2011. The military has decided to omit the word 'minjok,' which refers to the Korean race, from the oath of enlistment for officers and soldiers, and replace it with "the citizen." The measure reflects the growing number of foreigners who gain Korean citizenship and of children from mixed marriages entering military service. 
  3. ^ Lee, Jin-seo (2016). North Korean Prison Camps. Radio Free Asia. p. 26. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Sometimes, a missile is just a missile". One Free Korea. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Hurt, Michael W. (4 August 2015). "Thoughts on Minjok and the Matrix". Deconstructing Korea. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "What is Minjok?". Hojunester. WordPress. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  7. ^ Doolan, Yuri W. (June 2012). "Being Amerasian in South Korea: Purebloodness, Multiculturalism, and Living Alongside the U.S. Military Empire" (PDF). The Ohio State University. p. 63. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Facebook deletes North Korean account, but it resurfaces". Reuters. 23 August 2010. 
  9. ^ a b North Korea Jumps Onto Twitter | PCWorld
  10. ^ North Korea: Move on, Jesus. There’s nothing to do here | World Magazine
  11. ^ Report for uriminzokkiri.com | Norton Safe Web
  12. ^ N Korea Twitter account 'hacked' - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English
  13. ^ "N. Korea takes 'Gangnam Style' shot at South politician". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings. August 20, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  14. ^ Kwon, K. J.; Mullen, Jethro (September 20, 2012). "North Korean video evokes 'Gangnam Style' to taunt South Korean candidate". CNN. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  15. ^ "North Korea propaganda taken off YouTube after Activision complaint". BBC News. 6 February 2013. 
  16. ^ N. Korea warns U.S. is within range of strategic rockets, nukes
  17. ^ "North Korean video shows imagined attack on Washington - CNN.com". CNN. 19 March 2013. 
  18. ^ Graziano, Dan. "Anonymous threatens cyberwar on North Korea, steals 15,000 passwords". BGR News. Yahoo! News. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  19. ^ Pro-North Korea website Uriminzokkiri hacked | GlobalPost
  20. ^ "North Korean social media apparently hacked - CNN.com". CNN. 5 April 2013. 
  21. ^ Seoul Ignored N.Korean Drone Threat - Politics - The Chosun Ilbo
  22. ^ Military Wakes Up Late to Another N.Korean Threat | The Chosun Ilbo
  23. ^ http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/south-australian-missionary-john-short-deported-from-north-korea/story-fni6uo1m-1226843487710
  24. ^ North Korea: Move on, Jesus. There’s nothing to do here | World Magazine

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