The palace admits that the Queen sent a congratulatory message to Kim Jong Un


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North Korea State media has released a congratulatory message from triumphantly Queen On Monday, he urged knowledgeable insiders to speculate that Pyongyang must have made a note from Buckingham Palace in a promotional campaign to strengthen the international status of the rogue nation.

However, a royal spokesman confirmed to The Daily Beast that Queen Elizabeth II actually sent a cheerful message to Kim Jong Un to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of its founding as the Democratic People s Republic of Korea.

North Korea “greets our queen on her birthday regularly,” South Korean expert Aidan Foster Carter, a senior researcher at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, told The Daily Beast. now. So this is interesting. “

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The message dated September 7, two days before the North Korean founding parade, was published in its entirety in dozens of other messages from leaders of countries such as Algeria, Seychelles, and Azerbaijan. It was revealed on Monday by communication. The controversial Thai king was another well-meaning person, but the leaders of other major Western nations were notable for their absence.

The Queen avoided personal compliments to the Korean dictator, despite celebrating the anniversary of the establishment of the Jin dynasty.

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“When the people of the Democratic People s Republic of Korea celebrate National Foundation Day, I send my good wishes for the future,” she said.

A royal spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the message to The Daily Beast and dispelled suspicion that it was an elaborate hoax. The palace will only say that the message was sent to the head of state, but only one person can see it. Pyongyang’s KCNA confirmed that it was sent to Kim Jong Un as the “Chairman of the State Affairs Commission.”

A spokesman for the palace said, “It was a message sent by the Foreign, Commonwealth Office (FCDO) to the people of North Korea on National Foundation Day on behalf of His Majesty.” Such messages are sent regularly by the FCDO and, on the advice of the FCDO, in the name of the Queen. She wouldn’t have composed the message herself.

However, efforts to downplay the importance of the message do not soothe critics who fear that the administration is using the Queen’s message to justify the dictatorship.North Korea’s desire for nuclear weapons was shown again on Sunday Boasts successful testing of new long-range cruise missiles..

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The leaders of the Democratic People s Republic of Korea have been involved with the Queen for many years, trying to send nice notes to their families and their citizens. For example, in 2014, Kim Yong-nam, then head of state of North Korea, sent a birthday greeting to the Queen, hoping for “health and happiness … happiness and prosperity” for the Queen and her subject.

The feeling at the time was that, despite the hostility that dates back to the Korean War, when North Korea played a heroic role in the battle between North and South with the support of UN forces, North Korea was with Britain. He was reaching out for friendship.

Bruce Bennett, a North Korean expert at RAND Corporation, said the Queen’s message could also be seen as a pro-Western propaganda designed to appeal to North Koreans rather than the ruling family. ..

“We firmly believe that South Korea (South Korea, South Korea), the United States, and other allies should tell the North Korean people that we do not hate them. Contrary to what the administration is telling them. , We are not their enemies, we really want them to live a better life. “

Bennett The United States should follow the Queen’s example When it comes to celebrating the anniversary of the North Koreans.

“I’m always confused as to why the US government wouldn’t send such a message,” he said. Kim Jong-un said, “Although it seems to be paranoid to outside information, the United States and its allies should regularly send appropriate messages to the North Korean people, a message that contradicts the administration’s malicious publicity. be”.

“When Kim does that Currently many internal problems, He needs a scapegoat to blame, “Bennet said. “A better message to send that we are not hurting North Korea-the administration is.”

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Andrew Salmon, author of a groundbreaking book on British people in the Korean War, saw the leaders of both countries in a symbiotic relationship. He said some of these words from the Queen were “a message from one genetic (constitutional) monarch to one genetic (absolute) monarch.”

However, in the view of Choi Jin-hyuk, who has analyzed the North Korean issue for decades at the Korea Institute for National Unification, the message may be more than just words.

“It’s an exaggerated guess!” He said he may have cooperated in the message, observing that the United States and Britain are “in close communication.” “A country or person like North Korea that is isolated and labeled as a normal suspect needs to be treated properly, otherwise problems can occur,” he says. I did.

Hee-seop Choi said the United States is not in a position to “do anything”, but interestingly, while the Korean Central News Agency reported the message, North Korea’s top US negotiator, Sung Kim, said. I was in Tokyo and was discussing with Korean and Japanese envoys. According to South Korean news agency Yonhap News Agency, Sung Kim’s allegation was that the United States wanted to talk to North Korea “regardless of the progress of denuclearization.”

Indeed, Sung Kim talked about the negotiations, despite North Korea boasting of successfully testing a new type of cruise missile over the weekend. Without mentioning cruise missile testing, he said the United States was “ready to work with North Korea to address humanity concerns.”

Sim Jae-hoon, a long-time analyst on Korean affairs, did not give a very philanthropic explanation of the royal gestures. “Think of her age (95 years old),” he said. “She may just be riding.”

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