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N. Korea distorts historical facts on regime's foundation

All Headlines 18:07 September 09, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has distorted facts surrounding the Sept. 9 establishment of its regime, a research claimed Friday, citing a North Korean high school textbook.

The North Korean government's founding anniversary is one of the five largest holidays alongside that for the foundation of the Workers' Party of Korea, which falls on Oct. 10.

According to Suh Ok-shik, a visiting researcher from the Kyungnam University's Institute for Far Eastern Studies (IFES), the North Korean regime teaches high school students that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the official name of the North, is the sole legitimate government on the Korean Peninsula. And that it was established through general elections between South and North Korea.

He cited the "revolutionary history of great leader Kim Il-sung" which was a revised edition published in 2013 as one example of the fabrication.

In the textbook, the Pyongyang regime describes that the deputies, elected from general elections conducted all across the Korean Peninsula in August 1948, adopted the national constitution at the North's Supreme People's Assembly (parliament) on Sept. 8 of the same year. There they also selected Kim Il-sung as the head of the state unanimously.

According to Suh, the North's main encyclopedia's 2007 edition and other official reading material all distorted historical facts by presenting various incorrect data and statistics.

These publications also state that the absolute majority of eligible voters in South Korea participated in the general elections in 1948 and helped to establish the DPRK government and Kim Il-sung regime.

"North Korea’s description of certain events is a complete lie or extreme exaggeration," Suh said.

In fact, the United Nations General Assembly rejected North Korea's claim that it is the sole legitimate government and it approved South Korea (Republic of Korea) as the only legitimate government under the resolution of the U.N. General Assembly.
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