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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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By tflutyjr on 10/6/2007 12:05:41 AM , Rating: 0
Kim is regarded as a hero in his country because he doesn't take crap from other countries. That is what a leader of a country should be doing, leading. North Korea has just as much right to nuclear capabilities as every other country in the world. It's time to stop bashing Kim and North Korea and start praising him as the true hero he is!

Toby Flute Jr.

By audiomaniaca on 10/6/2007 1:00:26 AM , Rating: 2
More than a hero, he's got unique STYLE.

I really admire his punk-chic haircut and trendy Channel eyewear he uses. I think it's going to be a trend soon.

Not to mention the ultra shoes fashion with platforms and everything else that a true IN VOGUE person can use in public!

By ninjit on 10/6/2007 5:09:15 AM , Rating: 5
Toby Flute Jr.

And you provided us all with the phone number to your...
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By T4RTER S4UCE on 10/6/2007 9:48:29 PM , Rating: 2
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