The Washington Post’s Max Fisher reported on March 22, 2013 about North Korea ordering its diplomats in foreign embassies to sell drugs on streets.
According to Fisher, the post was written on the basis of a report produced by a prominent South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo. Fisher had written in his news report that there was “a good reason to believe that the story could be true” which was later picked up by the North Korean state media.
The Korean Central News Agency responded that the Post was just transferring lies and lowering its standards by reporting false information about North Korea to serve the aims of the South Korean and U.S. governments.
But what KCNA further said in their report was ‘wacky’ according to Max Fisher. It cited:
“The newspaper [the Washington Post] seeks to work as a shock brigade in executing the U.S. administration’s hostile policy toward the DPRK and thus tarnish the international image of the DPRK and justify the U.S. anti-DPRK policy that arouses international criticism.”
It also further stated that since an American news agency has propagated lies about North Korea to tarnish its reputation, DPRK, therefore, has the right to go on with its nuclear program against America.
The KCNA report reads:
“The U.S. acts of stepping up confrontation with the DPRK while raising trifling matters will force the latter to increase the level of its stand-off with the U.S.
The situation in which the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK has become all the more pronounced proves once again that the only option for the DPRK to defend itself is to bolster the nuclear deterrence, a treasured sword of Songun.”
North Korea’s response emerges at a time when tensions between North Korea, South Korea and the U.S. have escalated to the point where a second major war is being dreaded on the Korean Peninsula. Fisher, on the other hand, has been successful in gaining the North Korean media’s attention, but he certainly doesn’t sound too happy about it.