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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

7 ODD Things You Might Not Know About North Korea

With the whole world all on edge with the nuclear saber-rattling of North Korea , let's take a moment to learn more about the country itself  as led now by the young and inexperienced North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un who is threatening to nuke Americaadapted from mentalfloss.com and other sources.

1. Military Might.

from news.com.au
North Korea has a massive military force estimated to have 1.1 million males on active duty military status (fourth largest army in the world) with a reserve force of 8 million (the world’s largest)! This is mainly due to the country's  universal conscription with a constitution which states: "Defending the fatherland is the supreme duty and honor of citizens. Citizens shall defend the fatherland and serve in the armed forces as prescribed by law." 

2. Stunted Growth- North Koreans 1 to 3 inches Shorter than  South Koreans.

from iransnews.wordpress.com
Based on a study  of North Korean refugees by Professor Daniel Schwekendiek from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, compared with those who live in South Korea, there is a difference in height of 1 to 3 inches- most striking in  children. "The height gap is approximately 4 cm (1.6 in) among pre-school boys and 3 cm (1.2 in) among pre-school girls with the South Koreans being taller." The head of nutrition at the World Food Programme, attributed the difference to the poor diet of North Koreans. 

3. Ruling Family Titles and Propaganda.

from news10.net
“Dear Leader”, Kim Jong-Il was called more creatively by the North Korean journalists as :“Brilliant Leader,” “Guiding Sun Ray,” “Ever-Victorious, Iron-Willed Commander,” and “Dear Leader, who is a perfect incarnation of the appearance that a leader should have.”
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Now, the Supreme Leader of North Korea is Kim Jong-un, who also holds the positions of Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, among other titles. He’s the youngest head of state in the world, holds a physics degree, and loves long-range rockets and nuclear weapons. Upon his father’s death, he was declared the "party, military, and country’s supreme leader who inherits great comrade Kim Jong-il’s ideology, leadership, character, virtues, grit and courage." 

4. Necrocracy- sitting President is DEAD.

Kim Il-sung
Eternal President of the Republic
North Korea is the world’s only necrocracy. The incumbent president of North Korea is Kim Il-Sung who assumed the office of the Eternal Presidency on July 8, 1994- power which he steadfastly holds on to even though he’s been dead for 18 years.

5. Ruling Family's Edifice Complex AND Lavish Lifestyle a midst POVERTY.

Statues of North Korea's founding president Kim Il-sung and his son
Kim Jong-il are unveiled during a ceremony in Pyongyang
Picture: PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images
The ruling family has the 'Edifice Complex'- to the extreme! Educated North Koreans would surely have gone to Kim Il-Sung University and might have read the hundred volume Complete Collection of Kim Il Sung's Works. Sports fans can cross the Kim Il-Sung Bridge which will get them to the Kim Il-Sung Stadium. Not to forget are the 34,000 statues of Kim Il-Sung in North Korea not including the Towers of Eternal Life in each town and the Immortal Statue of Kim Il-Sung! Kim Jong-Il  also had 32 residences ranging from ornate beach houses to  massive mountaintop palaces.  

6. Control and Subjugation.

This camp is located in Hwasong in the North Hamkyong Province. (Image: Daily Mail)

Satellite imagery reveals a lot about the terrifying subjugation of the North Korean people through prison camps scattered throughout the country where torture, executions (public and secret), starvation, disease, and infanticide are a common fare. Photographs of the Hwasong Concentration Camp (Camp 16) reveals one of the country’s most notorious prisons occupying roughly 300 square miles, housing 20,000 political prisoners and located near a facility for testing nuclear bombs!

7. North Korea's Internet "Presence".

Kwangmyong (translated as "brilliant")
Kwangmyong is North Korea’s intranet, available for the browsing of Kim fan pages by the North Korean people. It is not connected to the Internet BUT has email, news, an electronic library, and scrubbed science material from the world media. The official Internet presence of North Korea wants you to know that “The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a genuine workers' state in which all the people are completely liberated from exploitation and oppression. The workers, peasants, soldiers and intellectuals are the true masters of their destiny and are in a unique position to defend their interests.”

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