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    • Arcus80

      That’s not entirely correct, and it goes to show that even NPR can find itself essentially engaging in propaganda. There’s quite a bit more to it:

      “So was North Korea claiming that unicorns exist, as some mocking accounts put it? Nope. A Korea scholar quickly debunked that interpretation, explaining that “unicorn” was a mistranslation. The mythical beast was actually a kirin, a four-legged creature with the head of a dragon and the body of a tiger. And it turned out that the North Koreans weren’t using the fanciful story to prove that the kirin actually existed. Instead, they were reinstating their claim on the king’s birthplace, to remind their people and their neighbours that North Korea was once a great nation, and can be so again.”

      From: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/12/27/north_korea_does_not_believe_in_unicorns

      • gps

        Interesting, it seems I should have done some more digging around. I wonder why it was mistranslated as “unicorn” in the Japanese press release I saw? Maybe to provoke a little more poking fun at North Korea?