North Korea Refers to South Korea as ‘Puppet Team’ in Asian Games Women’s Soccer Match

North Korea Scores Victory in Asian Games Women’s Soccer Match Against South Korea

October 3, 2023, 11:57

The Hangzhou Asian Games witnessed an intense women’s football quarterfinal match between South Korea and North Korea on September 30. The Chosun Central TV of North Korea reported on October 2 that the game concluded with an impressive score difference of 4:1 in favor of the North Korean team, defeating their South Korean counterparts.

In their coverage of the event, the Korean Central News Agency and the Rodong Sinmun, both North Korean media outlets, referred to the South Korean team as the “puppet team.” This choice of words marks a departure from their previous usage of “South Korea.”

North Korean residents, watching Chosun Central TV, also noticed the labeling of the South Korean team as the “puppet team” in the edited video footage dedicated to showcasing the North Korean team’s scoring moments.

The term “puppet” holds a derogatory meaning in North Korean propaganda, referring to individuals or groups perceived as national traitors who collaborate with foreign forces and exploit their own country and people. Its increased use in the North Korean media, especially in relation to South Korea, has become more prominent under the current administration.

It is worth noting that North Korea objects to the usage of their official country name “North Korea” and insists on being referred to as the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” internationally. This contradictory behavior was evident when the head coach of the North Korean women’s soccer team protested against a South Korean reporter’s use of “North Korea” in a press conference following their victory over Korea on September 30.

Despite this sensitivity, North Korea chose to label their own athletes and players during the women’s doubles table tennis match, where they won the silver medal against South Korea, without mentioning the opposing team at all.

It remains unclear why North Korea resorted to using the term “puppet team” during sporting events, as it does not appear to be directly related to the recent strain in inter-Korean relations.

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North Korea reveals scoring film from Asian Games women’s soccer match against Korea

(Seoul = Yonhap News) North Korea’s Chosun Central TV reported on the 2nd place North Korea’s score and the players’ joy in the Hangzhou Asian Games women’s football quarterfinal match between South Korea and North Korea held on the 30th of last month . The media said, “The game ended with our country’s team defeating the puppet team with an overwhelming score difference of 4:1.”[조선중앙TV 화면] 2023.10.2
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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Kim Ji-yeon = North Korea referred to South Korea as a ‘puppet’ when reporting the results of the North-South women’s football finals at the Hangzhou Asian Games held on the 30th of last month .

The Korean Central News Agency and the Rodong Sinmun reported the results of the match on the 1st, the day after the inter-Korean women’s football match, and used the phrase ‘puppet team’ instead of ‘South Korea’, which had’ to use so far.

Chosun Central TV, watched by North Korean residents, reported on the 2nd that “the game ended with the South Korean (North Korean) team defeating the puppet team with an overwhelming score difference of 4:1.” Even in the score subtitles at the bottom of the edited video focusing on the North Korean team’s scoring scenes, the country’s name, ‘Joseon vs. Puppet’.

According to the North Korean dictionary, ‘puppet’ means “a national traitor or a political group of such people who have been subjected to foreign invaders, including imperialists, and who act as their excrement, selling their country and their people.” This is an expression mostly seen in the North Korean propaganda campaign criticizing South Korea.

It is difficult to find instances from the past where North Korea referred to South Korea as a ‘puppet team’ on an official international sports platform. The notation ‘South Korea’, which was also used during the Qatar World Cup last year, was common.

North Korea’s unusual use of the term ‘puppet team’ even at sporting events appears to be unrelated to the recent deterioration in inter-Korean relations. The frequency of the phrase ‘puppet’ in the North Korean media has increased under the current administration.

However, considering the attitude of North Korea, who reacted sensitively to our expression ‘North Korea’, saying that the ‘correct’ country name should be called in international conventions, it is noted that this is a contradictory behaviour.

Ri Yu-il, the head coach of the North Korean women’s soccer team, protested strongly when a South Korean reporter called North Korea “North Korea” in a press conference held after winning the match against Korea on the 30th from last month, saying, “It’s not North Korea, it’s the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”

The day before, at a press conference after North Korea lost in the inter-Korean women’s basketball game, a team official responded to the reporter’s mention of ‘North Korea’ by saying, “We are ‘DPRK’ ( (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) Don’t call us ‘North Korea’… That’s not good. You have to call it by its proper name,” he protested.

North Korea, who used the phrase ‘puppet team’ in the winning women’s football team, only mentioned its own players (Cha Soo-young and Park Soo-kyung) and did not mention the South Korean team at all when reporting on the table tennis. women’s doubles match where they lost to South Korea the day before and won the silver medal.

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