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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 SavagePotato on 10/6/2007 5:27:20 PM , Rating: 5
Generaly I don't think I've ever seen the local catholic church do a drive by on the protestant church in a turf war. So comparing religion to drug trafficking, um yeah, kinda dumb, at least if your talking about American soil. Foreign religious conflict is another story, but then thats not what you were talking about.

I think the war on drugs is stupid as well in some respects, in that same sentence I doubt very much that theres any southern California hemp shop owners being beaten right now in Guantanamo bay.

RE: Kim has a reason to be proud
By derwin on 10/8/2007 1:25:31 AM , Rating: 1
Thousands of people have died for being protestant, im not sure what part of history you are trying to erase, but just because we finally got over that problem, doesn't make these two disimilar.
Infact, arguments could be made that a large portion of the problems occuring in the mid east are due to people fighitng over religious differences, not far from a drug dealer protecting a territory at all.

There are no "hemp shop owners" in gitmo, but they are still in jail somewhere else.

RE: Kim has a reason to be proud
By wordsworm on 10/11/2007 7:30:37 AM , Rating: 3
Generaly I don't think I've ever seen the local catholic church do a drive by on the protestant church in a turf war
They happen in Ireland. There have been inquisitions, and crusades.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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