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North Korea may have the bomb, but they are still a third world country. Their poverty level would shame most of the poorer countries in Africa.
What did NK use at night before they used candles? Electricity.
As with many countries, the northern part of the Korean Penninsula was industrialized, and the southern part agricultural. After partitian, the north never recovered, and lost much of what they still had.
That photograph just says it all – I gather going to N Korea is like visiting another planet. Let’s hope they get their freedom from the awful regime that keeps them down. It is one of the worst countries for persecution of Christians.
[i]but they are still a third world country[/i]
They are “still” a third world country because they are
1. Ruled by a brutal dictatorship that
2. Completely represses freedom and liberty and is
3. The most excellent example of equal outcomes, which is
4. Everyone (except a few elite) are equally poor and miserable
Don’t look for an “Occupy Pyongyang” movement in N. Korea…..
I saw a documentary on Netflix about a small group that had permission to visit and film in N. Korea. Wow, it was creepy. They stayed at an isolated, fortress-like hotel and didn’t see other people. The journalist and crew would be led into a large banquet room for meals and there were lots of staff bustling around as if they were setting up for a large luncheon or event. The group came to realize that they weren’t — it was all for show. They’d set up and then take everything down.
They took him to places where he was the only visitor and the shop owners and tour people were really excited to talk to another person. It was bizarre — there just weren’t people out walking, driving around, nothing. It was like most of the area was on lock-down until the visitors left.
I wish I could remember the name of the film. Really interesting but creepy.
They have a long way to go to become a “third world” country. The picture is one of those that, as other commenters have observed, is truly worth thousands of words.
I have a French friend who has had occasion to make several trips to North Korea. It is, by his description and others, a nightmare state populated by the oppressed and malnourished. His descriptions remind me of the subterranean denizens of HG Wells’s Time Machine.