It's a pity that with the North side so full of propaganda that the free side would deliberately give out rubbish like this, very disillusioning!
I must admit my impression of the tour from the South Korean side was that there was a strong dose of propaganda involved in it, just from a different perspective to our usual idea of it.
This was actually pretty interesting to me, I've read a little too much Chomsky perhaps, but propaganda isn't just a thing that totalitarian states do.
And I'm not saying they are both as bad as each other, I know which side of the DMZ I would rather live on, but seeing how information was presented on the tour from Seoul was rather interesting. Whilst I don't remember getting the exact same line as Els regarding visits from the North, there was a strong sense that everything was just dead or a Potemkin village on the northern side, admittedly some of that is true, but some of it was managing the information to support certain views.