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North Koreans send Photoshop army into battle

Damien McElroy (via SMH) | March 28, 2013
North Korea has been caught doctoring a photograph to double the number of hovercraft in a military exercise as part of its increasingly aggressive propaganda campaign.



Doctored? ... the image of the jet released by an Iranian state news agency.

The image released by an Iranian state news agency was found to have been doctored. Photo: Khouz News

North Korea's propaganda campaign is a response to UN sanctions punishing it for a nuclear test in mid-February and further antagonised by routine US-South Korean military exercises in the weeks that followed.

George Little, a spokesman for the Pentagon, said US forces were ready to respond to "any contingency", while Japan, which has a number of bases and is also the target of Pyongyang's threats, said its government was "on full alert".

The US and South Korean militaries signed a new pact last week, providing for a joint military response to even low-level provocation by the North.

Similar ... the fighter jet at the unveiling.


Similar ... the Iranian fighter jet at the unveiling. Photo: Mashregh News


Security experts believe the constant barrage of threats backed footage of military manoeuvres is designed to prove Mr Kim, who succeeded his late father last year, has taken a firm grip on power.

"They are upping the rhetorical ante in every possible way, but the international community is not reacting as it had hoped," said Cho Han-Bum, an analyst at the Korea Institute for National Unification, who believes a meeting of the leadership next week will further increase the exchanges.






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