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North Korea TV hides anti-US message in kids' cartoon

From BBC - August 9, 2017

A children's cartoon about a group of forest friends which aired today on North Korean state television appears to have come with an anti-America message.

To the outside observer, the home-produced cartoon "The Hedgehog Defeats the Tiger" looks like an earnest tale in which the tiny hedgehog uses his spines and his sharp wits to defeat the bullying big cat.

But in the bewildering world of the North Korean media, it appears that nothing happens by chance, and it looks like the programme was aired during Korean Central Television's children's hour as a commentary on recent tensions between Pyongyang and Washington.

In the cartoon based on an old folk fable, a group of forest friends led by a rabbit wearing a red armband are confronted by an arrogant, strutting tiger who tries to bully them into submission.

But he reckons without the tiny yet wily hedgehog, who curls into a ball for defence and defeats the tiger by digging its spines into his nose. As the bully flees, the somewhat fickle animals - who were initially but reluctantly on the side of the tiger - fete the victorious hedgehog for his bravery and tactical genius.

Who's the orange tiger?

This might have passed the world by if it were not for the publication of an article by state news agency KCNA, in which the cartoon is praised as a story for the ages, in which the orange tiger could be America, the other animals are the nations of the world, and the brave yet decidedly dangerous hedgehog represents North Korea.

Under the headline "US had better refrain from running amok", Kim Jong-son, a worker at the Pukchang Thermal Power Complex, told KCNA that current American "ignorance" of North Korea "makes me remember the fairly tale 'The Hedgehog Defeats the Tiger'".

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