On their official, state-run YouTube channel, North Korea recently posted a video of a female traffic cop who was awarded the state’s highest honor.
The cop, upon receiving the medal called ‘the Hero of the Republic’, broke out in tears. The award which was given to her is typically reserved for military achievements or for nuclear scientists.
Ri Kyong Sim, the traffic girl was apparently awarded for “safeguarding the security of the headquarters of the revolution in an unexpected circumstance.”
There has been a lot of buzz in the international media regarding what it was exactly that the girl ‘safeguarded.’ Some suggest that she saved the country’s leader Kim Jong Un from being shot. But a North Korean news organization, New Focus International, cited that its sources in Pyongyang revealed that Ri Kyong Sim actually received the honor for putting out a fire that broke out near a propaganda poster, featuring Kim Jong Un.
According to North Korea:
Infinitely faithful to the Party and the leader, she [Ri Kyong Sim] carried out her duty to the best of her ability, contributing to the traffic safety in the capital city; she is a laudable traffic officer and a true daughter of the Party , who at an unexpected moment displayed a heroic self-sacrificing spirit of defending the leader and secured the safety of the brains of our revolution.
This cannot be entirely implausible given the fact that North Korea is infamous for its unusual political propaganda and nuclear threats. The last three months are full of examples when state-owned YouTube channels of North Korea posted videos (mostly propaganda) featuring imaginary invasion of the U.S. and South Korea.
Do you agree that she has been awarded the state’s highest honor for saving a Kim Jong Un poster? Is it reasonable? You can share your views in the comments section.