- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

North Korea’s propaganda machine sent a bizarre message to the White House this week, penning an open letter in the voice of Abraham Lincoln to scold President Obama for placing sanctions on the communist nation.

“Hi there, Obama. I understand how perplexed you must feel nowadays, but I think this is the time for you to gather your thoughts as a president of a nation,” the North Korean version of Honest Abe wrote in the state publication “North Korea Today,” according to translations reported in The Washington Post and English-language North Korean watchdog NK News.

“A thought came to my mind to give you this advice when I saw you standing in front of my portrait deeply engages in contemplation during your Easter prayer meeting,” the North Korean Lincoln continues.

The piece says Mr. Obama should reconsider economic sanctions against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s regime.

“Look, Obama, the US has been threatening the stability and peace of that small country in the East for more than 70 years, and such an act is so shameful that I can’t bear to see the U.S. obstructing the people’s development,” the imaginary North Korean Lincoln scolded.

“It stifles my chest to hear the news of the punishing UN sanctions imposed against that country … that country will never fall from the effect of sanctions or economic blockades,” the piece continues. 

The letter also scolds Mr. Obama for failing to rid the world of nuclear weapons, noting that “seven years ago,” — not quite “four score and seven,” the U.S. president had pledged to do so during a speech in Prague.

“You talked boastfully how you would try your best even though it may seem impossible to realize such a world in your term, but how much progress have you made so far?” the piece says, according to the Post. “None. Instead of abolishing nuclear weapons, the U.S. has modernized its nuclear arms and conducted the ‘B61-12’ nuclear test in Nevada last year.” 

The fictional Lincoln goes on to say the U.S. must first destroy its own nuclear weapons before it can convince the rest of the world to do so. 

“If you were going to make the world nuclear free, the process would have to begin in the U.S., where numerous nuclear weapons are deployed domestically and internationally,” the piece continues, according to The Post. “I said this once when I was alive, but I’ll say this once more. The government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish from the earth. This is the truth.”

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