Glorious mushrooms? North Korea publishes 300 new patriotic slogans

The unusual slogans are an ‘indication of the absolutely dire state of the North Korean economy,’ an academic said

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The secretive communist nation of North Korea has recently published 310 new patriotic slogans – with some of them covering subjects such as national mushroom cultivation and fishing, the BBC's website reported on Friday.

“Let us turn ours into a country of mushrooms by making mushroom cultivation scientific, intensive and industrialized!” reads one of the slogans.

“Let this socialist country resound with Song of Big Fish Haul and be permeated with the fragrant smell of fish and other seafoods!”

The unusual slogans are an “indication of the absolutely dire state of the North Korean economy,” James Grayson, a UK academic told the BBC.

During the 1990s, when the allied Soviet Union collapsed, around one million people are believed to have died from starvation, and malnutrition is still thought to be widespread to this day.

Ideas from the grave

Many of the other slogans revolve around the topic of late former leaders Kim II Sung and Kim Jong-il, the grandfather and father of current Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.

“Let us arm ourselves firmly with the revolutionary ideas of the great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il!” reads one of the slogan.

Meanwhile on Friday, the ruling Workers’ Party said that the nation will hold one of its giant displays of military muscle this year.

The display would stress the need for “cutting-edge” hardware to boost the nuclear-armed nation’s fighting capacity, Agence France-Presse reported.

The “grand style” parade involving the army, navy and air force will be held to mark the 70th anniversary of the party’s founding on October 10, according to the resolution adopted by the party’s central committee politburo.

The last such event was held in July 2013 – an intimidating, two-hour spectacle of military might and patriotic fervor, involving wave after wave of goose-stepping soldiers, tank batteries and missile launchers.

Some analysts believe North Korea’s army to be the fourth-largest in the world.