Report: North Korean streets awash with anti-U.S. posters
SEOUL, South Korea - 31 Jan - New anti-U.S. posters have been put up along the streets of Pyongyang and other parts of North Korea (news - web sites) pledging to fight American "imperialists," the North's state-run media said Friday.
Posters of "high ideological and artistic value" were made by North Korean artists shortly after the communist country withdrew from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty on Jan. 10, said the report by the North's Korean Central News Agency.
"The works encourage the people's army and people of the DPRK in the confrontation with the U.S.," said the report, using the acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Before quitting the 1968 global nuclear arms control treaty, the North took steps to reactivate nuclear facilities that were frozen under a deal with the United States in 1994 and expelled U.N. monitors.
The North has since kicked off a massive propaganda campaign to incite anti-U.S. hatred among its people. One anti-U.S. rally in Pyongyang drew 1 million people, the country's media said.
Most of the posters, the KCNA report said, "call for a sacred struggle to smash the U.S. imperialists' moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK and defend the dignity of the DPRK and the nation's right to existence."
The report quoted the caption of one poster as reading that "the withdrawal from the NPT is the DPRK's legitimate self-defense measure." Another caption reads "Let us defend the sovereignty, right to existence and dignity of the country and the nation in a do-or-die spirit," it said.