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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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well he is right...
By Gul Westfale on 10/5/2007 11:03:31 PM , Rating: 4
he may not be the world's foremost authority on the internet, but he surely is the greatest internet expert in his own country. after all he's the only north korean with a computer. i wonder if he's any good at starcraft...

RE: well he is right...
By joemoedee on 10/5/2007 11:26:38 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure of StarCraft, but I have seen his Myspace page... Lots of Glitter Text and only Tom as his friend. Kinda Sad.

RE: well he is right...
By carage on 10/6/2007 9:55:10 AM , Rating: 1
How can you be sure it's him?

RE: well he is right...
By JoeBanana on 10/6/2007 4:43:58 AM , Rating: 3
South and North Korea should have organized a starcraft tournament to decide who is the winner of the war. Of course the only player for North Korea would be Kim.

RE: well he is right...
By Ringold on 10/6/2007 9:31:29 PM , Rating: 2
If he got a hole in one with his first game of Golf, I bet he has a zergling rush out the door in 60 seconds.

RE: well he is right...
By weskurtz0081 on 10/7/2007 12:48:54 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, He might be a siege tank guy though! That would be funny, a Z rush coming from KJI.

RE: well he is right...
By JoeBanana on 10/7/2007 1:21:54 PM , Rating: 2
Do you think he owns an original copy of SC? =)

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