The Daily Mail recently reported that North Korean officials are investigating some people's response to a gas explosion. In particular, they are focussed on whether the obligatory portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il were saved.

North Korean officials investigating a series of gas explosions that killed at least nine people are focusing their probe on whether families in Hyesan did everything they could to save portraits of the Kim dictators.


Earlier this year, a North Korean mother was threatened with jail after saving her two children from a house fire but allowed portraits of North Korea's leaders to burn.

There is no evidence given. I think it was fabricated.

Is there evidence for this?

  • dailynk.com/english/…
    – DavePhD
    Commented Aug 8, 2020 at 0:24
  • @DavePhD There are other web sites too. None of those sites give hard evidence. I wonder where these thinly-sourced horror stories originate from. Commented Aug 8, 2020 at 0:36
  • Closing while the question is fixed. This question assumes the answer.
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Aug 8, 2020 at 0:41
  • I have edited the question to bring it into scope. The original question started with the conclusion that the report was false, and that the falsehood must have some traceable origin. I've edit to ask if the report is false, which is on-topic.
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Aug 8, 2020 at 0:52
  • According to Wikipedia Daily NK (linked by @DavePhD) is published in South Korea. Another story relates the tale of a woman who fled from North to South Korea after her father sold the glass taken from a portrait of Kim to pay for food. Commented Aug 8, 2020 at 14:27


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