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In North Korea, a young girl takes aim at a picture of President Obama

A girl takes aim at an International Children's Day celebration in Pyongyang. (Kim Kwang Hyon/AP)

Sunday was International Children's Day in North Korea, where "children performed and played games at an amusement park in the capital Pyongyang," according to a Reuters video.

There was also this, captured in the above photo: A young girl shooting an arrow at what the Associated Press identified as a picture of U.S. President Obama.

The image, flagged by Slade Sohmer on Twitter, appears to be in keeping with a theme: According to a South Korea-based Web site that reports stories using a team of informants in the North, "it is even said that dolls in the likeness of U.S. soldiers are sometimes brought out for children to attack" at International Children's Day celebrations in the country.

Last month, North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) also published — then defended — some vile remarks about Obama.

In a May 2 article titled "Divine retribution for the juvenile delinquent Obama!" and published only in Korean, President Obama was referred to as a "clown," a "dirty fellow," and "a crossbreed with unclear blood."

But International Children's Day wasn't just about firing arrows at the American president. Children also picked snacks at a nursery in Pyongyang:

(Kim Kwang Hyon/AP)

And, according to this unverified photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited an orphanage in Pyongyang to mark International Children's Day:

Kim Jong Un smiles as children eat during his visit to the Pyongyang Orphanage in this undated, unverified photo released by the Korean Central News Agency. (KCNA via Reuters)
J. Freedom du Lac is the editor of The Post's general assignment news desk. He was previously a Local enterprise reporter and, before that, the paper’s pop music critic.



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