According to the ‘2011 failed states index’ published by Fund for Peace, an independent Washington D.C. based nonprofit research and educational institution, and the magazine, Foreign Policy, North Korea ranked 22nd out of 177 countries as one of the most failed state in the world. And in ‘Global Peace Index 2012’ published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, North Korea ranked as 152 countries out of 158 countries as the world’s peaceful country.
North Korea has been stigmatized for decades as the world’s most corrupt, inhumane, un-free country in the world.
However, North Korea maintains that their country is a paradise, and their people are the happiest in the world.
It is pure insanity.
If you borrow, it’s common sense to pay back!
However, if you are unable to pay back, you must explain the reasons for the plight you are in, and request for an extension of maturity dates.
South Korea recently requested North Korea to fulfill their long-overdue debt duties, but there is no response from North Korea.
(North Korea must pay back 720 million dollars by 2037, and 5.78 million dollars by 2013.)
Moreover, North Korea ignored the Korean government’s request of payment, and enforcing provocations and threats against South Korea instead.
North Korea’s actions are totally incomprehensible to a person or entity of commonsense.
North Korea is bullshitting once again.
The US started the Korean war??
Korean War started in 1950 because of North Korea’s ambush invasion, which later developed into a 3 year and 2 months long full-scale war between UN forces that supported South Korea, and the Chinese forces, divided into the democratic camp, and the communist camp, that supported North Korea.
North Korea’s provocation resulted in countless casualties from US and Korea, trying to defend liberty and peace. As a result for the sacrifices of the war heroes, Korea exists as it is known to the day.
Everybody knows the truth. I don’t understand why North Korea is talking nonsense. Seems like Kim Jong Un gets constipation, if he is not denounced for a day.
U.S. Senate has passed a law that prohibits food aid to North Korea.
Such result may be reasonable.
By carrying out nuclear experiments and launching missiles, North Korea has lead to distrust from the international community.
In addition, they haven’t distributed the food aid they received to their people but used it for their army. Can this be another reason that stopped international food aid?
Lately, North Korea has asked for expansion on food aid and economic cooperation from Southeast Asian countries but couldn’t have much result. This shows that the credibility of North Korea has hit the bottom. If North Korea desperately wants food aid from the international community, they must change by themselves.
2012 K-Pop cover dance festival has started.
So far 700 teams from 50 countries have passed the 1st online preliminary round, and will start the 2nd round on June 23 in Nigeria.
The final round will be held in Gyeonju, Gyeongsangbuk-do on the end of September.
Anybody can participate in the 1st preliminary round through the UCC homepage, coverdance.org, till the end of June.
I always followed K-pop artist songs and dances. It’s a shame that I don’t have anything mastered at the moment. Next time, I’ll try out for the contest.
Anyways I wish all the best for those who are competing.
Samsung’s Galaxy S3 will be sold more than Apple’s iPhone.
Samsung’s Electronics in South Korea began to sell ‘Galaxy S3’ in the United States.
‘Galaxy S3’ has been released with same design and model name through big 5 telecommunication company in United States such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular for the first time. So it is widely expected that ‘Galaxy S3’ is getting popular as that device has been sold out in some of the telecommunication company.
People familiar with ‘Galaxy S3’ values more on it than iPhone 4S in terms of technology because ‘Galaxy S3’ allows user to do two things at the same time on same screen and features speech recognition ability.
It is unknown about how Apple’s iPhone 5 being released at the second half of this year will attract people with its features. But we know definitely that Samsung’s ‘Galaxy S3’ will threaten iPhone by accounting for more market share.
President Lee Myong-bak in South Korea that was holding The 5th G-20 Summit participated in G-20 Summit in Mexico to prevent Europe financial crisis from spreading around the world and find a solution in dealing with global financial crisis.
Ahead of general meeting in G-20, President Lee took part in meeting with Mexican President and business summit.
It is said that President Lee will give an opinion in dealing with Europe financial crisis and suggest ways to reform financial system of Europe. In particular, he will urge many countries using Euro to solve economic gap between countries and finish combining their finance and banking.
As Lee was acclaimed by world leaders for the participation of Korea in working out solutions for the US economic/financial crisis by suggesting reform measures in international financial institution, expanding government debt finances, and signing free trade agreements, we hope that Korea’s president Lee shows further global leadership by providing aid, and economic stimuli to the Eurozone crisis, and world economic stabilization.
The G20 summit in Mexico, where world leaders devoted their time to solve the Eurozone financial crisis, has ended.
From this G20 summit world leaders agreed on the global efforts to unify Eurozone public finance and banking sector. At the Business summit (B20), President Lee Myung-Bak suggested few solutions in overcoming and implementing structural reform. His ideas gained great amount of support and world leaders identified with President Lee’s solutions.
In 2008, President Lee emphasized the importance of free trade agreements, and contributed to the world economy by freezing trade protections.
We hope President Lee’s solution presented at the G20 summit can lead the Eurozone to exit the plight of financial crisis.
Last May, I visited Korea. I went sightseeing Seoul and several local tourist attractions. I went to Jeolabuk-do Jeonju-si. I saw Jeonju Korean-style house village. It was awesome.
Jeonju Korean-style house village was built in 1930. There are 543 Korean-style houses. Many foreign and domestic tourists visit the village.
I experienced many activities at Jeonju Korean-style house village, such as traditional weddings, tea ceremony, making bibimbab(Korean traditional dish), building Korean-style houses, making hanji(Korean traditional paper), and crafting with hanji.
The bibimbab had 25 different ingredients. So it was very delicious. Traditional wedding is very different from western weddings. It has a very unique and beautiful atmosphere, which made it special. Moreover, the tour guide explained very well, which made it very easy to understand.
I really recommend Jeonju Korean-style village as ‘must-go’ tourists spot for my friends.
Recently with the current circumstance, which is very uncertain and unstable, the transfer of wartime operational command, and the dissolution of the ROK-US Combined Forces Command scheduled to take place on Dec 1st, 2015, needs to be reexamined.
With the North’s recent proclamation of itself as a nuclear state in their new constitution, and the GPS disruptions, cyber terrors, and threats against the ROK government and media, the most efficient defense against the North is deterrence through the maintenance of ROK-US military alliance, and the on-going existence, and presence of the ROK-US CFC.
I’m not a military specialist, but plan to rescind the dissolution of the ROK-US CFC sure is a relief in the current unstable security from the DPRK’s threats.