Regarding the June 26 AFP-Jiji article “Poking fun at Pyongyang: Movie about plot to kill Kim angers North“: North Korea, which has launched numerous diatribes against U.S. senior officials, has again demonstrated its usual anachronistic behavior by threatening to “mercilessly” target the United States for allowing the distribution of a film about the assassination of its beloved leader Kim Jong Un.

More puzzling, however, than the reclusive regime’s predictable childish whining once in a while is how the media actually spend time covering the North’s bombastic comments in detail, updating the world about what the failed state is up to — thus creating the very effect young Kim wants.

The media should show more disinterest in reporting barely credible information on the totalitarian state. Readers would benefit from more intelligent reportage, and the decorum of international diplomacy would remain less tarnished.

siyoung choi

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