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Please explain the following in bold more easily.
...the (North Korean) regime was very quick to adjust its claims downward when it had to, i.e. in response to post-Soviet economic realities and the influx of heterodox information. But to concede the regime's genius for propaganda---a genius which only now seems to be deserting it---is not to imply that it does not believe the official myths itself.
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