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A veritable feast of DPRK odds and ends

Or at least I think so.

First up, 'DPRK's Will to Strive for Building Nuclear-free World Reiterated'

UNSC 1887 was passed unanimously by the Security Council, it starting thusly:

"The Security Council, 'Resolving to seek a safer world for all and to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons, in accordance with the goals of the Treaty on the Non‑Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), in a way that promotes international stability, and based on the principle of undiminished security for all.  “Reaffirming the Statement of its President adopted at the Council’s meeting at the level of Heads of State and Government on 31 January 1992 (S/23500), including the need for all Member States to fulfil their obligations in relation to arms control and disarmament and to prevent proliferation in all its aspects of all weapons of mass destruction".

And so on, as can be well imagined, with pious bromide upon pious bromide wheeled out.

Fortunately the DPRK is not on the Security Council, and it does not like 1887 one little bit:

"What matters is that this resolution, too, is a double-standards document as it failed to fully reflect the desire and will of the world community as a whole.  As a matter of fact, the summit should have called into question and dealt with the U.S. nuclear threat and the reality in which peace and stability are being seriously disturbed in different regions due to the above-said threat.  It is a prerequisite to global denuclearization for the country with the biggest stockpile of nukes (I believe they mean their Uncle Sam) to reduce and eliminate them.....We totally reject UNSC Resolution 1887, too, as it is peppered with the hegemonic ambitions of nuclear powers and will not be bound to it at all".

Meanwhile, everybody's favourite beige leisure-suited despot has been out and about:

"The first leg of his guidance was the Pyongyang Catfish Farm...he set forth important tasks to be fulfilled by the farm in rapidly boosting the production of catfish.  Noting that in order to enable people to find the catfish bred with good care tastier it is necessary to seek diverse cooking methods, he underscored the need to pay deep attention to the research into this field, too. 

The next leg of his guidance was the December 7 Factory...Saying that the factory has an important duty and role to play in improving the standard of people's living, he advanced tasks to be carried out by it.

The third leg of his guidance was the completed indoor swimming pool of Kim Il Sung University.

 And bringing it all back home, so to speak:

"There has never been such bright prospect and abundant fruits in the history of building a great prosperous and powerful nation as today, he said. He earnestly called for bringing earlier the historic day when the people will beat the drum of triumph to declare the emergence of a great prosperous and powerful nation by increasing the speed of advance at this stirring time when a great victory is drawing near.

HmmNote this release from the same day:  "An event on the restart of UNDP aid to the DPRK was held at the mission of the UNDP here on Wednesday".

That's the United Nations Development Programme hidden behind those initials.  This is what it says about what it gets up to in the DPRK:

"UNDP began operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 1981, as the first UN programme with a resident presence in the country. While UNDP’s operations in DPRK have always been modest (roughly US$3 million per year in programme expenditures and less than 10 international staff and consultants), UNDP’s on-the-ground presence helped facilitate the international response to the famines of the 1990s, and to expose DPRK to the standards and norms of the international community. In recent years UNDP has focused on food production and economic and environmental management".

Doesn't sound very Juche to me.

And hold the front page - *Dishcloth Gourd Widely Planted in Residential Quarters*

Yes, you read that rightAnd there's more:

"Cucumbers as big as forearm are hanging from dishcloth gourd vines in several hundred square meters of fields around apartments Nos. 5 and 11 in Jungsong-dong, Central District, Pyongyang....The Korean people have cultivated dishcloth gourd around their houses from olden time and used it widely in their life. Dried and peeled dishcloth gourd was used in washing kitchen containers....Its extract, with medicinal value, is raw materials of lotion, perfume and the like. It is easy to cultivate dishcloth gourd because it is strong against blight and harmful insects.

And this is what they look like:

Can't say that my knowledge of gourds is all it could be, so I have been digging around and have thus discovered that the DCG is better known in these parts for its incarnation as the loofah when drued out.

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Blogger ScotsToryB said... 4:57 pm

Michty bluidy me! As we uneducated emit.

Rock Salmon are big and Jusche.

And thanks for the tip as to how to grow your own loofahs which, I have been told, with straight faced seriousness, are no longer farmed from coral.

'tis my birthday and I find all is well with the world.


Blogger ScotsToryB said... 4:58 pm

I meant to add:



Blogger Croydonian said... 7:20 pm

Can't say I'd given much thought to loofahs, but would not have wanted to stake my life on where they hailed from. Meanwhile I trust you will have a splendid birthday and all will be blissful in Mundo STB.  

Blogger Nick Drew said... 3:24 pm

the people will beat the drum of triumph to declare the emergence of a great prosperous and powerful nation by increasing the speed of advance at this stirring time when a great victory is drawing near

George Orwell really wasn't making it up, was he ?  

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