The only fat man in North Korea has changed his approach but not his goal. The shrill, nasty, elite, smug, sly mainstream media is not picking up on it because they’d have to give President Trump credit for suggesting to Kim Jong Un that he’d be melted early in a war between the US and North Korea.
On 15 January, in the second session of working-level talks, North Korea agreed to send a 140-member orchestra to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The North’s Samjiyon Orchestra will hold concerts in Seoul and Gangneung, 240 kilometers east of the capital, Seoul’s unification ministry said after the talks. Gangneung will host ice sports during the Winter Games.
“The two sides plan to discuss details including the venue, stage conditions and other matters through consultations,” a joint statement said. “In this regard, the North will send an advanced team at an early date.”
The two sides agreed that the Koreans would march as one team in the opening ceremonies and that the Korean unification flag would be carried.
The Winter Olympics are scheduled for 9 to 25 February. The next round of working-level talks will take place on Wednesday, 17 January.
The wording of the press announcement about the visit by the orchestra suggests North Korea agreed to a South Korean request. Other reporting indicates that South Korea had prepared an agenda concerning the Winter Olympics. North Korea took over the agenda.
The working-level talks have not yet discussed the North’s requirement that it send an art troupe and, possibly, the all-female Moranbong Band, which was created as a communist modern pop group by Kim Jong Un in 2012.
The orchestra, band and art troupe have no connection with the Winter Olympics, but strongly support Kim Jong Un’s reunification theme. The messages are:
– North Korea is not hostile and poses no threat to South Koreans;
– North Korea has refined taste and achievements in music, dance, art and sports; and,
-The South Korean government has misinformed its people about North Korea.
Last week, North Korean media blasted South Korean President Moon for crediting the US President for North Korea’s opening to the South.
An opposition member of the South Korean National Assembly warned that North Korea is manipulating the Olympics to build popular support for reunification among South Koreans and weaken support for the South Korean government.
Thus far, Kim Jong Un’s Winter Olympics scheme is emerging as the most effective North Korean perception management campaign to appeal to the South Korean populace in more than a generation.