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“The frequent confusion between South and North Korea and global coverage on the North often undermine efforts to enhance our brand awareness,” Lee Bae-yong, chair of the Presidential Council on Nation Branding (PCNB), told an international forum in Seoul.

Artists of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) performed here Sunday an adapted Chinese opera masterpiece to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the entry of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) into the Korean front.

North Korean propaganda has emerged on popular Internet social media sites. It is not for domestic consumption as virtually no North Korean has Internet access. Rather it is targeted at other countries, especially South Korea.

People there are no longer what they used to be with an increasing number of North Koreans secretly tuning in to radio broadcasts late at night to listen to uncensored news from the outside world, according to North Korean defectors living in Seoul.

Less than a week after the appointment of a new leadership hierarchy in North Korea, the South Korean defense minister said that his country’s military would initiate a new and expanded propaganda war if provoked by the North.

A convoy of trucks crossed the border with North Korea on Friday, carrying the first South Korean rice donations for North Korea in nearly three years, as officials from both Koreas huddled to discuss the reunion of families separated by the Korean War six decades ago.

The aid package, worth about $8.5 million, is a fraction of the more than 300,000 tons of rice and other aid South Korea used to ship to the North annually until President Lee Myung-bak took office in early 2008. But it marked the first major aid shipment to the North since the South Korean warship, the Cheonan, was sunk.

The 7th Pyongyang International Scientific Books Exhibition opened here at the Center for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries on Monday. There are 14 countries and regions including China, Russia, Spain, Germany, 46 groups taking part in the exhibition, which has 34 display counters and nearly 10,000 books.

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