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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 euczechguy on 10/9/2007 3:50:34 AM , Rating: 1
its not only this u mentioned...
i saw doc about one surgeon who decided to claim entry permit and go to PDRK, having only one intention: provide numerous ppl an eye/optical surgery they couldnt afford and even if they could, there was NO hospital capable of providing the necessary equipment and staff (except the one that serves only one purpose-health of the "royal family"...
i was shocked, the doctor finally got there, conducted over 1000 surgeries in just 10 days...
when the people from the first day of surgery were able to be rid of bandages and stuff to see after 5-15 years again, do u know what they did and how they acted?
almost every one of them, no matter if young girl, mother of children or elderly ppl, they all thanked their "Dear Leader" and his family for returning their sight again...they kneeled infront of the picture, almost fanaticaly, all crying, yelling that the capitalists and imperialist cant destroy what they love the most, their Leader....
moral is this: ppl of North Korea are being systematically brainwashed, segregated from families, they life in the World of Il family, pathetic little bastard who says he hates everything capitalistic, but he himself enjoys all the luxuries the best(Western cars, iPods, Henessy, cigars and on and on)...
problem is that ppl have been living in this shit for so long, i cant imagine them returning into normal...
cuz this here is fuc*ing abnormal and the little prick there should be bled like a pig...23 mil. lives destroyed for nothing...
US should nuke the country in order to rid the rest of the world of any upcoming danger...there will be some, i know...and i dont wanna die of nuclear missile or fallout...

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