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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 RjBass on 10/8/2007 10:32:34 PM , Rating: 1
It should be noted that the United States has more people in it's prisons then any other nation on the planet.

Those of us who live in the US live under the illusion of freedom, but we are not actually free.


RE: Kim has a reason to be proud
By Gibby82 on 10/9/2007 6:39:12 AM , Rating: 2
Ahhh come on RJ...you know better than that. This country has more freedom than any other country in the world. You can do just about anything and get away with it here.

If the US is so horribly "unfree" then why do many of the surrounding nations (Cuba, Mexico, etc.) have so many of their people risking their lives to come here?


RE: Kim has a reason to be proud
By Topweasel on 10/11/2007 4:06:51 PM , Rating: 3
Lets see we have a population of over 300 million people. Only two countries(china and India) have more and only Indonesia even comes close to us. Of course we a going to be a world leader in the amount of people who are in our jail system.

The fact that execution has almost completely been removed from our system along with the few places who still have the death penalty taking decades before anything thing is done means unlike most countries we keep more un-reformable people in our prison system.


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