North Koreans are told that South Korea is a U.S. puppet state mired in chaos and class warfare.
Just this week, North Korea's propaganda service warned of South Korea's oppression and announced that valiant South Koreans had to struggle to "build a new world where the people have become the master."
It's a rather dystopian take on a nation with lots of boy bands and artisinal coffee shops and really fast Internet speeds.
But the North's latest claim, that the South is "plotting to destroy its socialist system," is less easy to dismiss. According to AFP, a North Korean spokesman is warning of plans to "force it into opening and destroy it in the end."
Isn't this true?
Officially, South Korea has pursued reunification with its northern counterpart for decades. And vice versa. As recently as June, according to the AFP, its president confided that the process "won't take such a long time."
But South Korea's unification vision does not involve abandoning its booming, globally connected system for isolated and paranoid Kim-style dictatorship. Instead, they have a "sinister intention" to see North Korea's current system collapse, said a spokesman according to AFP.
It's this "unification through absorption" approach, he said, that has pushed the divided countries "the brink of war."
That and North Korea's clandestine nukes program, habit of storming out of negotiations and its recen torpedo attack that sunk a South Korean warship.