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Of course it is really a poor country, for at least two reasons:

1. It is a Stalinist dictatorship, and all such dictatorships have impoverished most of their population, for the benefit of the Nomenklatura, the Party functionaries.

2. It spends a vast amount of its meager GDP on maintaining a large army and developing nuclear weapons. These, the leadership thinks, are necessary for it to maintain its grip on power.

The people of North Korea are oppressed and subsist on near-starvation rations.


Marianne Kharmeldove

Lol - :angel::D.


I feel sorry for any nation under control of a mad dictator controlling everything. Not enough food, lack of medical attention, money being spent on military weapons, military pageantry,. told how to dress, public, being monitored, lack of freedom, propaganda, basic human right taken, and special classes of people sucking up the good things in life. This is not a good life it's not fair to the people :(


Dear Dan,

Yes, I do believe North Korea is truly a poor country. I think the people are brave and wonderful, even though thoroughly intimidated by the propaganda against the West and capitalism. However, my opinion is formed mainly from one source; a book our book club read recently called NOTHING TO ENVY, by Barbara Demick.

If Ms. Demick's credentials were not so fine, I actually would have suspected her stories were untrue, they were so horrific. She interviewed six people over a period of fifteen years; refugees who had escaped from North to South Korea.

Communism has indeed bankrupted the country; a series of famines that left many orphans, as the older generations starved themselves to feed their children. The famines end only when so many people die that there is enough food for those who are left alive. And you are expected to keep on working, even when you receive no pay. People are expected to spy upon their neighbors, friends, family; and the slightest infraction can lead to prison or death...such as not dusting the portraits of the leaders mandatory in each home. 

Even so, this author claims the propaganda is so intense that people truly believe their leaders are gods, and that capitalists are monsters, and that they are very fortunate to live in North Korea.