A high level source said on May 15th, "North Korea is propagandizing its Computer Numerical Control (CNC) program as Kim Jong-il's achievement rather than Kim Jong-un's. They parade CNC program as 'the most advanced technology in our style.'"
North Korea has been domestically propagandizing its use of CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) for some time. CNC refers to the automation of machine tools that are operated by abstractly programmed commands, in other words the computer control of factory floor machine tools. North Korea is proposing its modern computer automated production technology as "Juche computerization". There was conjecture as to whether the intensive promotion of CNC was not linked with an attempt to build a foundation for the inheritance of power by Kim Jong-un, appearing as it did in mass media and popular cultural outlets around the same time as Kim Jong-un entered the public stage.
"Though it looks as if CNC is used as the symbol of the future of Kim Jong-un's new regime, it is in fact being promoted as the work of Kim Jong-il," said the source.
According to the source, an executive at a Central Party's lecture meeting quoted Kim Jong-il as having said during a visit to the Huichon Machine Tool Plant in Jagang Province, "If we can unify the newest technology with our revolutionary ideology, we will construct a thriving and prosperous great powerful nation." The delegate was making pains to emphasize the role of Kim Jong-il in the promotion of CNC.
With regards to the background to the current propaganda, the source said, "Kim Jong-un ordered the Central Party's Propaganda Department to vaunt CNC as Kim Jong-il's achievement via various tools of mass communication." Although Kim Jong-un was indeed at the forefront of introducing CNC technology, he has now deliberately shifted emphasis for the achievement onto his father.
"In the last three years," said the source, "Kim Jong-un has invested more than $20,000,000 of party funds into the Huichon Machine Plant Factory for the even manufacture of CNC machine tools. This has all apparently been done to reflect well on his father."
As to why Kim Jong-un has deliberately repackaged CNC to propagandize his father, "The core component of succession theory," said the source, "is that the supreme leader's successor must be the most loyal individual to the generation of leadership that he is replacing." This proviso must have played a crucial role in the path of Kim Jong-un as successor, analyzed the source.
What's more, said the source, "The CNC machine tools of which North Korea is so proud are actually assembled from parts imported from Germany, Taiwan, and various other countries. The connected elite are well aware of this," the source went on. "The claim that the machine tools are made at the Huichon Plant with its own technology and knowhow is a lie."
The Chosun Central News Agency said in December 2010, "This year, machine developers have again developed countless high level advanced technology CNC equipped machine tools, including the 'vertical machining center lathe.'" It has loudly proclaimed breakthroughs as the fruit of its own will and high technology. "This has no connection with the facts," said the source. "It's all just over the top propaganda by Kim Jong-un to elevate his father."
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