About North Korea:
From the CIA Factbook:
“An independent kingdom for much of its long history, Korea was occupied by Japan beginning in 1905 following the Russo-Japanese War. Five years later, Japan formally annexed the entire peninsula. Following World War II, Korea was split with the northern half coming under Soviet-sponsored Communist control. After failing in the Korean War (1950-53) to conquer the US-backed Republic of Korea (ROK) in the southern portion by force, North Korea (DPRK), under its founder President KIM Il Sung, adopted a policy of ostensible diplomatic and economic “self-reliance” as a check against outside influence. The DPRK demonized the US as the ultimate threat to its social system through state-funded propaganda, and molded political, economic, and military policies around the core ideological objective of eventual unification of Korea under Pyongyang’s control. KIM’s son, the current ruler KIM Jong Il, was officially designated as his father’s successor in 1980, assuming a growing political and managerial role until the elder KIM’s death in 1994. After decades of economic mismanagement and resource misallocation, the DPRK since the mid-1990s has relied heavily on international aid to feed its population. North Korea’s history of regional military provocations, proliferation of military-related items, long-range missile development, WMD programs including tests of nuclear devices in 2006 and 2009, and massive conventional armed forces are of major concern to the international community.”
About this site:
This page is dedicated to the aggregation and interpretation of news from the secretive state of North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. I try to keep it succinct, if you want to read more, I always post my sources. Many articles in mainstream media are watered down or just flat out incorrect. Others are biased or support an organization’s interests. This site and it’s owners viewpoints would be biased towards the downfall of the current regime and the systematic, well planned out gradual reunification of the Korean peninsula.
I am not a writer or a journalist. I’m not a university professor, a former military person, or an expert on Korea. I’ve never even been to Korea (though I plan to soon, both sides in time…). Armchair journalism? Human interest? Too much time on my hands? I’m not the most qualified to speak on this topic. I’m an interested Canadian observer of this uncertain region of Northeast Asia. I am soaking it up like a sponge, and using this website to retain some of the water.
How does the international community respond to a rogue, nuclear-enabled nation like North Korea? Can unification of the Koreas be achieved peacefully? It sometimes feels like the other shoe could drop anytime. I read and hear a lot of misconceptions and things blown out of proportion on this subject. I want to present what I learn as well as share it… this site is just as much for me as it is for those who want to read it.
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