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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 BZDTemp on 10/5/2007 8:54:39 PM , Rating: 1
Very much so - the great leader has also controlled population growth by letting millions of his people die of hunger, lack of medical treatment (just like Bush doing it to US kids) and so on.


RE: Kim has a reason to be proud
By TheBaker on 10/5/2007 8:57:24 PM , Rating: 1
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Very much so - the great leader has also controlled population growth by letting millions of his people die of hunger, lack of medical treatment (just like Bush doing it to US kids) and so on.


SWEET! Flamebait! Let's get it ON!

Please cite your sources for all the American kids dying because Bush of Bush denying their access to medical treatment. I await your measured, intelligent response with bated breath.


RE: Kim has a reason to be proud
By Ringold on 10/6/2007 3:11:11 PM , Rating: 2
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I await your measured, intelligent response with bated breath.


Given that a good chunk of the expansion would be for kids in families with parents that make enough that they're almost certainly covered by a pre-existing plan (but would be forced to go off that plan and on to the government one), I'd go ahead and just resume normal breathing if I were you. ;)


RE: Kim has a reason to be proud
By catherder on 10/5/2007 10:04:37 PM , Rating: 2
Just like Bush........Gimme a BREAK !!!

And, since Algore invented the internet, he should be great buddies with Kim !!!


RE: Kim has a reason to be proud
By cheetah2k on 10/5/2007 11:12:55 PM , Rating: 2
Al Gore has buddies??


RE: Kim has a reason to be proud
By kinnoch on 10/6/2007 1:06:42 AM , Rating: 2
Thats why he invented the internet, to keep his buddies on his buddy list.


By T4RTER S4UCE on 10/6/2007 9:45:25 PM , Rating: 2
I love sarcasm SO much.


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