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North Korea says Newtown shooting demonstrates poor quality of life in US


Firefighters kneel to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial near the school following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.


Mario Tama

North Korea's official state newspaper Rodong Sinmun has taken a pretty low blow at the United States, using the recent school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut to illustrate the US' "poor quality of life." 

The piece, published January 5, was titled "Corrupt Society," and paints a picture of the US as a place where “Americans are reluctant to appear in public, fearing when and where they would be shot," reported

The latest anti-American propaganda from North Korea comes as Google chairman Eric Schmitdt makes a visit to the secluded state, even as the US State Department openly condemned his trip. 

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Others have also criticized Schmitdt's move. As the Weekly Standard wrote: “Why would the chairman of a company whose motto is ‘Don’t Be Evil,’ hobnob with a regime that embodies evil itself?” 

The latest piece of anti-American news is hardly shocking: as the Associated Press reported, North Koreans begin the process of cultivating negative sentiment towards the United States as early as Kindergarten. 

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