Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Gotta collect 'em all!

First two American reporters are detained by North Korea, and now a South Korean worker at the joint North-South industrial complex at Kaesŏng. Pyongyang is proving yet again that they are treating their adversaries' citizens like Pokémon and they are hell-bent to collect them all. Frankly, I think no one is safe (Korea Beat has similar sentiments).

[Kushibo grabs crotch in a menacing manner
Hey, North Korean ruling junta! I've got your pocket monster right here!

(Oh, dear. That barely even makes sense.)

Um, anyway, the "facts" (if there is such a thing as a "fact" in the media: Discuss!) are these:
North Korea is holding a South Korean worker at a joint factory park for allegedly denouncing the North's political system and inciting female North Korean employees to flee their country, officials said Monday.

North Korea sent a message early Monday stating it was investigating the South Korean worker but would guarantee the person's safety, according to the South Korean Unification Ministry, which handles relations with the North.

Ministry spokeswoman Lee Jong-joo told reporters that the ministry has asked the North to provide the South with details of the incident.
According to Lee, the North said the South Korean denounced the country's political system, and that an investigation was taking place under an inter-Korean accord on the business complex in the North Korean border town of Kaesong.

Later Monday, a senior ministry official told reporters that the North also accused the South Korean worker of "corrupting" female North Korean workers at Kaesong and "instigating" them to defect from the North, according to the ministry. The official declined to give his name, citing department policy, it said.
It comes from Fox, which rarely has anything bad to say about leftist regimes, so it must be true (BBC story here, just for good measure). And if it is true, the guy's got cojones the size of beach balls. Or had cojones the size of beach balls.

[Fun fact: Pikachu is the product of a bioweapons development program Pyongyang subcontracted out to Monsanto in the 1980s. In 1996, after escaping from their Wonsan facility and attacking local residents in a nearby schoolyard, the hapless creature swam across the East Sea, then called the Sea of Japan, after which the exhausted rodent was nursed back to health in the rooftop garden of a Mitsubishi employee who tamed it with a proprietary blend of green tea and natto.]

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