Politics of the 21st century: pulling hair and making faces


You’d expect this on The Onion or another satire site, but sadly this is real

United Nations officials have rubbished claims that United States soldiers are provoking North Korean troops by pulling faces at them.

Pyongyang has alleged American personnel have been pulling “disgusting” facial expressions while making strange noises and pointing fingers, Sky News has reported.

In a statement, the isolated state’s military urged the US military to stop its “hooliganism” at the demilitarised area which divides the north and south of Korea, or they would meet a “dog’s death”.

Sky News is also reporting North Korea claims US soldiers have been encouraging South Korean soldiers to point their firearms at their adversaries and described the action as a “dangerous provocation”.

A spokesman for UN Command in the region, Christopher Bush, says the claims had been investigated and deemed to be false, and that this is not the first time accusations like this have been made on either side of the divide.

You’d think all the world’s real problems have been solved by now, so we’re left with having to deal with the little stuff like North Korea complaining about provocation due to “disgusting” faces being made.

There are currently about 28,000 US troops deployed in South Korea in a bid to deter potential aggression from across the border.

The latest spat unfolded in Panmunjom, where an armistice heralding the end of the Korean War in 1953 was signed.

Despite being one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints, the village is popular with tourists.

But guides regularly warn visitors against making gestures which could antagonise the North Korean soldiers nearby.


– Sky News, Newshub