(RepublicanInformer.com)- North and South Korean leaders recently sent each other personal letters ahead of South Korean President Moon Jae In’s departure. Some North Koreans have laughed at the South Koreans for not noticing how North Korean leader Kim Jong Un used words and phrases that put Moon in a subservient position.
On Wednesday, North Koreans learned about the letter exchange through an internal newspaper for Central Committee cadres. They laughed when they saw that South Korea didn’t notice how the North used the term “assesses,” which is pyeongga handa, an expression used to show dominance over another. Instead, the South Korean simply thanked Kim for replying.
It’s their opinion that someone in a higher position can “assess” or “appraise” someone in a lower position, but no one can use these words to describe someone of the same or higher rank.
Kim said, “We deeply appreciate President Moon’s pain, work, and passion for the cause of people until he leaves office,” Park Kyung Mee said. In the long run, we will never forget President Moon, and we will always respect him when he leaves office.
North Korea’s KCNA wrote on the same day: “Kim Jong Un was grateful for Moon Jae In’s pain and effort for the sake of his country until his last days in office.”
Pyeongga, which means “value” or “appreciate,” was used in the North Korean report.
South Korea’s presidential office didn’t show the text of Kim’s letter to Moon, but it used the word “highly assessed” to describe it.
There was no mention of Kim’s “respect” for Moon or how he would “unwaveringly respect” him when he left office in the report from KCNA. People who work for the Central Committee also didn’t read about these things in the newspaper for them.
Kim is said to have said, “We made historic declarations and agreements that will serve as milestones in inter-Korean relations.” The cadres said that “the North set the milestones,” and the South “simply agreed to and followed them.”
Through KCNA, North Korean authorities said that “the exchange of personal letters between the top leaders of the north and the south is an expression of their deep trust,” which they meant. Officials in North Korea, on the other hand, kept slamming the South for misreading Kim’s letter.
There are rumors that the United Front Department is behind efforts by party members to spread false stories about the South. A group of people thinks that a department in that department is behind the slander because it edited Kim’s letter for release and chose which parts to put in the KCNA and cadre newspaper.
People who read the Rodong Sinmun, a popular newspaper in North Korea, don’t know about the inter-Korean letter exchange because North Korea didn’t want to spread “needless rumors.”
Rumors about South Korean President Moon spread in Pyongyang after North Korea revealed the content of a speech Moon gave to Pyongyangites during a visit in 2018. Some of the locals, it is said, thought Moon was a good person.
People in Pyongyang say a man in his 40s was taken to a political prison camp after the Central Committee heard him say, “The South Korean president bowed to people, even though he looked older, and this showed his humanity, in stark contrast to Kim Jong Un.”
“It probably didn’t seem like there was a need to make Kim look good or spread rumors about him by revealing the exchange of letters,” the source said.