A Puzzling Propaganda Discrepancy: Kim Jong-un Says the “Republic of Korea” but Others Say “Gwaerae”

South Koreans have a general idea of North Korea’s official name, yet few call it the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.” In fact, many students in South Korean universities’ North Korean studies courses omit the terms “people” or “democracy” when referring to North Korea. This may be intentional since North Korea is clearly not a democracy and doesn’t deserve to use that word in its official title.

Inside the Kim Regime | Thae Yong-Ho | 2019

Thae Yong-ho lived a privileged life in North Korea as the deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom. But in 2016, he risked everything to defect with his family to find freedom. He is the highest-ranking North Korean to ever escape and one of the fiercest voices against the Kim Jong-un regime today. Watch him at the 2019 Oslo Freedom Forum, where he talks about testifying before governments and the world about how we can end the atrocities committed by the regime.