Known for its dislike of the media, North Korea has always presented a ‘closed doors’ approach to the world’s press.
But earlier this week, the North Korean government set up its own Twitter account and started posting messages in Korean, most of which appear to point at propaganda videos on YouTube and pages on an official website.
@uriminzok, which means ‘Our People’ in Korean has almost 11,000 followers already and appears on hundreds of lists.
All a bit unreadable really, unless you speak Korean. What’s more entertaining is the inevitable creation of parodies of the account and of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il – and it seems that several have sprung up already – some in Korean, some in English. Here are a few of them:
Fake Uriminzok includes message in English and Korean, such as:
- “The Great Leader congratulates Iran on making of new Kerrar drone for missile and want to order many”
- “Thank you to follow uriminzok when we will place the best news from Fine Country”
- “We have great happiness for opening of new Nuclear Powers in Iran.”
- “The dear leader finally has admitted that he has an Oedipus complex.”
- “The dear leader repudiates conventional evil imperialist exercise techniques; he instead prefers to run his mouth 3 miles a day”
- “This Dear Leader sends his warmest prayers to #Percy Harvin” (referring to an American football player)
Kim_Jong_il, which is an older account, features just a single post, in Chinese:
Slightly more active, a German Twitterer, called Kim_J0ng_Il uses his/her account to post computer game high score:
- “I has just scored 20590 on Level 7 in Classic mode of Star Wars: The Battle for Hoth. Long Live the Rebellion!http://bit.ly/atUY7L“
- “I has just scored 27275 on Level 6 in Classic mode of Star Wars: The Battle for Hoth. Long Live the Rebellion!http://bit.ly/atUY7L“
- “I has just scored 21470 on Level 5 in Classic mode of Star Wars: The Battle for Hoth. Long Live the Rebellion!http://bit.ly/atUY7L“