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Although the majority of North Korea does not have much in way of electricity at night, Kim Jong-il has no problem navigating the Internet.  (Source: Global Security)
Kim Jong-il claims to be the world's Internet expert; Al Gore jealous

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il met with South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun this week in the North Korean city of Kaesong. This meeting is only the second ever meeting between North and South Korean leaders.

One topic of conversation during the meeting put forth by Roh was a request that South Korean companies operating in an industrial park in the North Korean city of Kaesong be allowed the use of the Internet.

The response from the Dear Leader, according to Yahoo! News, was, “I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired.”

Kim went on to say, “If that problem is addressed, there is no reason not to open [web access].” Kim did not elaborate on the "many problems" caused by opening Internet access to all of North Korea, though clearly the intention of Roh's suggestion is to increase North Korean exposure to South Korean and Western influence.

North Korea explicitly prohibits its 23 million citizens from accessing the Internet and mobile phones outside of government research groups. South Korea, by comparison, is one of the world's most digitally connected countries.

However, given the secretive nature of just about everything in North Korea, it's been difficult to even ascertain just how "connected" Kim actually is. Satellite photographs of North Korea at night reveal very few lights, indicating the country does not have a very high capacity for electricity, let alone computers or Internet.

What is known, is that Kim and the ruling party has a definitive taste for all things Western. Kim's son, Jong-nam, was arrested and expelled from Japan while trying to enter Disney Land in 2001.  Late last year, the U.S. imposed a ban on all luxuries originating from the U.S. destined for North Korea, including the Great Leader's beloved iPods.


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RE: Kim has a reason to be proud
By headbox on 10/5/2007 8:47:00 PM , Rating: 2
Kim Jong-il has his people convinced that all they have was created in North Korea. I saw a show where kdis said they hate Americans and their sinful movies, and instead love Korean heroes like Shrek and Buzz Lightyear...


RE: Kim has a reason to be proud
By audiomaniaca on 10/5/2007 9:46:08 PM , Rating: 1
They've learned it from the West.

It's called propaganda, the same you see and watch everyday in your tv, magazines, newspaper, MOVIES...

Of course, theirs is not so sophisticated and lack of special effects and millionaire actors.


RE: Kim has a reason to be proud
By wordsworm on 10/6/2007 1:26:32 PM , Rating: 1
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They've learned it from the West.
I'm pretty sure Eastern propaganda precedes the US. In any case, as you say,
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Of course, theirs is not so sophisticated and lack of special effects and millionaire actors.
I can't argue against that. The reason people rated you down is because when it's something they believe in, it's not propaganda. It's only when it's something that goes against their beliefs and their loyalty that they know to use the word.


RE: Kim has a reason to be proud
By clovell on 10/6/2007 1:39:58 PM , Rating: 1
Nope, just about all of our citizens have access to the internet, in some form. We don't censor it. So, it's really not the same. Next equivocation, please?


RE: Kim has a reason to be proud
By Topweasel on 10/11/2007 4:12:32 PM , Rating: 2
Everybody has their own side and will go to amazing lengths to make sure everybody else believes them. The Difference with the US or any true Free country is the complete lack of informational censorship, different media outlets with different agendas (all non-government run), and an open and free connection the outside world (via phone and Web)anybody who wants the truth or to be able to judge the or side can.


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