North Korea and the U.S. are finally talking  ... on Twitter.
The reclusive rogue state opened its first Twitter account, @uriminzok , which means "our people," earlier this week. The tweets were about as interesting as you'd expect from a ministry of propoganda: "Let's welcome the Party Leader Forum with open arms," is how one recent tweet translates. The most notable missive from @uriminzok's first week is its denial of accusations that North Korea torpedoed a South Korean warship back in March.
Then on Tuesday, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, Philip Crowley , started engaging North Korea on his Twitter feed. His first tweet on the subject was innocuous enough: "We use Twitter to connect, to inform, and to debate. We welcome North #Korea  to Twitter and the networked world."
Since then, Crowley has turned on the heat:
"The North Korean government has joined Twitter, but is it prepared to allow its citizens to be connected as well? #Korea "
Finally, yesterday, the top diplomat got up in North Korea's grill:
"North #Korea  calls South Korea's reunification plan - and freedom and prosperity it represents - "ridiculous"? How ridiculous is that?"
So far, this is something of a one-sided Twitwar. North Korea has not acknowledged Crowley's tweets. But it has started talking up a new movie on its YouTube channel , the title of which translates roughly to "Country Music, People, O Screen Future Ahead."
So congratulations to the hermit kingdom on its first piece of social media marketing. We can't wait to see the State Department's Twitter review.