IF you wanted to be taken seriously, would you
by JP Bill - 4/14/13 1:50 PM
Make threats of a "thermonuclear war" while showcasing foreign athletes and even encouraging tourism?
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Despite North Korea's warnings that the threat of war on the Korean Peninsula is so high it cannot guarantee the safety of foreign residents, it literally trotted out athletes from around the world on Sunday for a marathon through the streets of its capital - suggesting its concerns of an imminent military crisis might not be as dire as its official pronouncements proclaim.
As it prepares to celebrate its most important holiday of the year, the birthday of national founder Kim Il Sung on Monday, the mixed message - threats of a "thermonuclear war" while showcasing foreign athletes and even encouraging tourism - was particularly striking on Sunday.
Pyongyang crowds lined the streets to watch athletes from 16 nations compete in the 26th Mangyongdae Prize Marathon in the morning and then filled a performance hall for a gala concert featuring ethnic Korean performers brought in from China, Russia and Japan as part of a slew of a events culminating in Kim's birthday - called the "Day of the Sun."
Of course, having a bunch of people coming into the country might also burst the young guys bubble...HEY we don't believe anything your saying.