President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un feature in a news programme being telecast at the Seoul Train Station on August 10. The North Korean octopus does not speak to the West in any intelligible language, and is still threatening. Photo: AP President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un feature in a news programme being telecast at the Seoul Train Station on August 10. The North Korean octopus does not speak to the West in any intelligible language, and is still threatening. Photo: AP
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un feature in a news programme being telecast at the Seoul Train Station on August 10. The North Korean octopus does not speak to the West in any intelligible language, and is still threatening. Photo: AP
North Korea

What do North Korea and an octopus have in common? More than you might think

Tom Plate says the highly intelligent but often misunderstood cephalopod may offer a clue to understanding North Korea, given the parallels in a defence system that include dramatic expulsions and ostentatious threat displays

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President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un feature in a news programme being telecast at the Seoul Train Station on August 10. The North Korean octopus does not speak to the West in any intelligible language, and is still threatening. Photo: AP President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un feature in a news programme being telecast at the Seoul Train Station on August 10. The North Korean octopus does not speak to the West in any intelligible language, and is still threatening. Photo: AP
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un feature in a news programme being telecast at the Seoul Train Station on August 10. The North Korean octopus does not speak to the West in any intelligible language, and is still threatening. Photo: AP
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