South Korea launched its first-ever space rocket with the satellite carried by the rocket also believed to have entered its intended orbit. From this success, Korea became the 10th country to have succeeded in launching a satellites in to orbit. North Korea may argue that they were the 10th, but North Korea did not launch satellites, it was just a missile launch test. South Korea can expand its reach into space by building more intensive cooperative links with its friends and allies, thus allowing it to cost-share international missions and satellite constellations without having to own or constrcut all of the technology. This achievement marks a momentous boost for Korea’s space ambitions and national pride, which were dampened by two previous failures, in 2009 and 2010. Experts however say there is a still long way to go before catching up with the global leaders in the field.
Numerous reports from North Korea indicate that starving residents of the isolated regime, where famine is an all-too-regular occurrence, may now be resorting to cannibalism. A man was put to death by firing squad after officials discovered he had killed and cooked two of his own children. He killed the eldest daughter and because his son saw what he had done, he killed his son as well. Another unconfirmed report detailed the arrest of a man who allegedly dug up the body of his dead grandchild and ate the flesh. Elsewhere, a man killed and sold their remains as pork. Although cannibalism is a crime, the people are not to be the blame. They were put into dire situations that they had to resort to cannibalism. This is all North Korean regime’s fault. The North Korean government ignored the well-being of its people and only focused on developing nuclear tests. Moreover, their top leaders are living a luxurious life.
The US envy on North Korea dismissed hopes for an immediate diplomatic solution over Pyongyang’s expected nuclear test, saying that the isolated state was bent on playing a game of risk. The comments come as North Korea threatens daily that it is preparing its third nuclear test in response to UN sanctions imposed on North Korea for a long-range rocket launch in December. If North Korea provokes again, they will be walking a very slippery road which will only lead to their destruction. US warnings about the consequences of a third test have been backed by unusually strident criticism of North Korea by its sole major ally China.
North Korea must not go ahead with a nuclear test. This would only deepen the country’s international isolation. The test would also set back efforts to restart regional talks on the North Korea’s nuclear disarmament.
North Korea has lost its mind. North Korea has developed ICBM technology. Now they are using it to directly target the US. If North Korea fires a missile against the US, North Korea as we know it will disappear. It will be wiped off the map. North Korean soldiers, their weapons, facilities, and the labor party will all turn to ashes. North Korea’s nuclear and missile development will disrupt world peace. This is the reason why the UN security council passed sanctions against North Korea. If North Korea does not heed to the warnings, their actions will result in dire consequences. I just wish that history does not repeat itself and have another Middle East situation in the Far East. If Kim Jong-un does not want this to happen, Kim Jong-un must learn to listen.
According to New Focus, a press specialized in North Korea, North Korean people are collecting cigarette filters to use as bed sheet fills. These filters act as substitutes for cotton. There have been reports of North Korean people fighting over cigarette filters thrown on the street. Moreover, when North Korean soldiers tried to raise goats to solve the malnutrition problem, the goats died because the goats had nothing to eat. If you take a look at North Korea through Google Map, you will notice that mountains in North Korea are barren. I don’t understand why North Korea is so barren and why the people tolerate the evil dictator rule.
Eric Schmidt’s daughter Sophie was with the delegation to North Korea. And in a lengthy Google Sites post titled “it might not get weirder than this,” she described a trip full of highly staged encounters, tightly-orchestrated viewing and what seemed like genuine human moments. Sophie says the best description the delegation could come up with is that North Korea is like The Truman Show, at country scale. She also found freezing indoor temperatures, as all buildings they visited were unheated, but in state owned libraries, the temperature was over 30 degrees. She also depicted a crepy atmosphere at the Kim Il Sung University e-Library with multiple floors of identically manned desks of people doing nothing. A few scrolled or clicked, but the rest just stared. More disturbing was that when the group walked in not one of them looked up from their desks. Not a head turned, no eye contact, no reaction to stimuli. She claims that they might as well have been figurines. The North Koreans are hostages in their own country, without any real consciousness of it.
North Koreans are getting shorter from shortages in food. Lack of nutrition is causing poor growth during the period of growth, making North Koreans shorter and small.
Due to this phenomenon, North Korea has changed the conscriptioin standards.
In 2008, the limit was 150cm, and 48kg, but from this March, the limit was changed to 142cm.
North Korean soldiers have the physique of elementary students.
Machine guns are 1m long in average. I wonder how a 140cm tall soldier can carry and handle a weapon more than half his height.
It’s been told that the North Korean regime is encouraging its people to exercise, but without nutrition and food supply, all the efforts are deemed to be fruitless. It’s pathetic that the North Koreans are unable to see the fundamental problem, and going off topic.
North Korean authorities are using the CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt’s visit to the rogue state as a propaganda, but the North Korea people are cynical of the efforts. The action of inviting Eric Schmidt, even when the country has no thought of opening up the internet, is to beg. In Korean, the word begging is pronounced ‘Googul’ which sounds similar to Google. The Kim Jong-un’s regime is walking a road of international isolation. Yet, they don’t try to solve the fundamental problem. They will merely use all their resources into begging for aid not only from nations, but also from companies now. This will definitely look ugly in the eyes of its people.
In Korea, foreign permanent residents are exempted from military service, but nowadays the number of these residents volunteering for active duty is increasing. Some of these volunteers may choose to serve in the Korean military in order to settle in Korea, but most of the volunteers choose to do so in order to find their roots, and fulfill their military duty. Most volunteers who completed their service claim that they were able to find themselves more self-content. In other words, they were able to learn the value of sacrifice, and learn that their values.
South Korea has developed bombs equipped with global positioning system (GPS) capable of targeting distant enemies day and night. Korea developed the 225-kilogram guided bomb with a 40 billion won (US$378 million) budget in the last five years to improve combat capabilities of fighter jets. The Korea GPS-guided bomb shows that South Korea is capable of developing a weapons system for its fighters with its own technology. The GPS-guided bombs to be installed in fighter jets can hit enemies 24 hours a day, hidden behind obstacles at long range. Some of the bombs were deployed from late last year for a test run. The advanced weapon system is expected to allow aged combat jets, including F-4 and F-5 jets, to better strike intended targets as far as 100 kilometers away. Now that Korea possess these capabilities, Kim Jong-un’s residence is no longer safe. And I hope this will deter any future provocations from North Korea.