NORTH KOREA: N.K. media's anti-Lee rhetoric drops 40%

South Korean officials, however, do not think the decrease in critical reports pertains to North Korea seeking better ties so much as unusually high criticism in the preceding months

The Korea Herald
Friday, August 7, 2009

North Korea's bashing of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak waned in July compared to two previous months, according to a government count on Friday, Yonhap News reported.

The number of North Korean media reports and commentaries critical of Lee amounted to 275 last month, down approximately 40 percent from 454 in June, according to the Unification Ministry.

The number is also less than 333 in May, but slightly higher compared to the 2007 in April.

Ministry officials, however, did not read too much into the changes, saying that the figures in the preceding months were unusually high following North Korea's second nuclear test in late May and a string of missile tests in the following weeks.

"The critical views toward the South were fewer compared to a temporary spike following the nuclear and other military provocations in May and June," an official said.

Criticisms against the South Korean government also dropped to four from 23 in May and 13 in June, according to the ministry.