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AP word cloud reveals the patterns in N. Korean propaganda

Kim. Nuclear. War.

The message embedded in North Korea's propaganda is summed up best in those three words. That's what the world hears — and what's revealed in this word cloud, a visual display of terms used by the Korean Central News Agency's English-language service.

The Associated Press condensed 1,542 stories filed between July 1 and Oct. 11 by the official North Korean news agency into a list of the 183 most frequent words. The resulting word cloud reveals some of the key patterns Pyongyang employs in its rhetorical wars with Washington.

Just as important, it reflects how the government wants to be seen by the outside world.


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