Voice of Korea, the DPRK’s international shortwave radio service, has started telling its listeners it has an email address.
The radio station opened a web site more than a year ago but never advertised an email address and continued to ask listeners to send messages via postal mail.
Now it says it is accepting emails at [email protected], according to Arnulf Piontek in Berlin, who supplied a copy of the letter (below).
It says, “The address will help further developing the friendly relations between our broadcast and listeners.”
I tried sending an email to the address but it bounced back with an error “Unknown address error 501-‘5.7.1 Inter-Address is not match.”
The address is similar to others used by organizations in Pyongyang so the error likely means the account hasn’t been set up yet by Star JV, North Korea’s Internet provider.
In the letter, the Voice of Korea asked listeners to send “English or French books or CD medias about internet, afforestation, urbanism, laughing stories (humor novels), world-famous men and women stories, and technology will be strongly appreciated.”