The Dear Reader: DPRK Observations & Musings


In Praise of an Imaginary Theme Park

Thanks to U.S. missionary Robert Park, North Koreans woke up Friday, February 5th to a new twist on old propaganda. We still live in the Happiest Place on Earth, crowed the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), but today we have an American’s words to prove it.

“I have never seen such kind and generous people,” gushes Park, who walked through the main gates of the Hermit Kingdom on Christmas Day. “Religious freedom is fully ensured… I’ve learned that in the DPRK people can read and believe whatever they want, whenever they want, wherever they want… The DPRK respects the rights of all the people and guarantees their freedom and they enjoy a happy and stable life.”



Filed under: Commentary, Robert Park

Robert Park’s Misguided Criticism

In an interview given to @Reuters by Robert Park shortly before he wandered across the North Korean border on Christmas Day (video of interview here), the Tucson, AZ Christian activist – who had previously been ministering to Hermit Kingdom refugees along the Chinese border – had harsh words for Laura Ling and Euna Lee.


Filed under: Euna Lee, Laura Ling, Robert Park