Recently North Korea has been showing efforts to revive the economy.
North Korea sent a group of 50 representatives, headed by Jang Seong-taek, to China to reinforce economic cooperation between the two countries.
However, I really wonder if North Korea will abandon their past and completely change into a country with reforms and open-door policies.
NOt only did North Korea not pay back the debt from South Korea, but they also provoked using missile launches and nuclear test threats. North Korea is an untrustworthy nation. North Korea still shows no sign of change in the economic cooperation between South Korea.
China’s heavily invested in North Korea, but all the investments turned out to be huge losses because North Korea decided to notify a one-sided termination of contract.
North Korea should show the international community that they truly changed before sending a representative to China to beg for aid. And finally, please to not jump to conclusions that North Korea really did change for reforms and open-door policies. It is all just a show to get what they want.
North Korea’s leading figure, Jang Sung-taek, vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission, visited China. It is told that Jang visited China to discuss matters related to the development of Hwanggumpyong Island and Naseon special economic zone. However, it is an unprecedented event for a leading figure of the N. Korean government to visit China for such a petty problem.
I’m guessing that North Korea, desperate from the devastating effects of economic reform, including the removal of its rationing system, is begging China for financial stimuli. The military is discontent about the removal of Ri Young-ho, and the North Korean regime has lost popularity amongst its people because of the shortage of food. So North Korea probably is in dire need of China’s aid.
Last year, Kim Jong-il tried to put on a show at his week-long visit in China with his underlings, that North Korea is putting reform efforts, but failed to impress the Chinese leaders. It is no different this time. China, too, will no longer support North Korea if North Korea acts responsibly. If North Korea wants support and aid, North Korea must act responsibly and become more trustworthy. Trust is something earned, not given.
Reunion of separated families only applies to the Korean peninsula because of its special circumstance as a separated nation.
Reunion of separated families is an event of reunion of families that were separated by the Korean War. In September 1985, the first Reunion of separated families was held in Seoul and Pyeongyang, where concerts events were simultaneously held. However, after 2010, Reunion of separated families event has seized to exist. After the bombing of Yeonpyeong islands in November 2010, Reunion of separated families never took place.
Recently, S. Korea suggested holding working-level talks about Reunion of separated families through the Red Cross, but N. Korea refused the offer.
North Korea stated that Reunion of separated families problem will not be solved unless sanctions on North Korea is removed and the Mt. Geumgang tour resumes. I don’t like N. Korea’s attitude of using Reunion of separated families for political means, and I pity the families that are unable to reunite.
So far North Korea pursued military-first politics.
Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il was shocked when Romania’s dictator Ceausescu was overthrown and executed both by the cooperation between the civilians and the military. If the military had not betrayed Ceausescu, he would have never been overthrown. It was shocking to the Kim family because they were and are still trying to maintain the dictatorship.
After this incident, Kim Jong-il has been putting all efforts to keep the military under his control to maintain his power, and adopted a military-first policy. Although because of the military-first policy, North Korea’s dictatorship regime became stable, the power of the military became immense. Although the reason for the recent removal of Ri Young-ho, ex-chief of general staff, is believed to be his criticism against Kim Jong-un, but the real essence of the purgery was to weaken the over-sized military so that Kim Jong-un can take effective control.
A power struggle between the military that holds all the money, and Kim Jong-un that is trying to steal it has begun.
Recently, Kim Jong-un has disbanded companies that supplies the military with foreign currencies to reduce the power of the military. It is notable, and we should pay attention to how the military will react. The military will not just sit idle when their life and money is in the line.
North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency slammed the Brisbane Metro, an Australian newspaper, for calling them Naughty Korea, claiming that it is a bullying act little short of insulting the Olympic spirit of solidarity, friendship and progress.
On Aug 3, the ‘Brisbane Metro’ called North Korea as ‘Naughty Korea’ and South Korea as ‘Nice Korea’ in a table that shows the medal rankings.
However, the word Naughty isn’t fit for North Korea. It should be ‘the world’s most dangerous and harmful dirt-bag country.’
North Korea’s recent movements are quite worrisome.
North Korea stated that its Chief of the General Staff because of illness, but the truth may be far from this. Nobody’s gonna believe that the top military officer who controlled all of the North Korean military would not be relieved of all positions just because of an illness. Until now there are only two reasons for a leader of North Korea to be removed. It’s either he was killed or purged.
The real reason Ri Yong-ho was purged is Ri criticized Kim Jong-Un’s open door policies, and reforms. This criticism was confirmed when Choi Ryong-hae wiretapped Ri Yong-ho.
Unless Ri isn’t an idiot, he knows that being purged means being sent to prison/labor camps. Would Ri have obediently go to the camps? Ri knows that he committed horrendous crimes to maintain Kim dictatorship, so he would’ve been reluctant to obey the orders.
Some reports claim that around 20 died in the process of arresting Ri Yong-ho, but I think much more than 20 have died.
The only reason to conceal lthe truth is to prevent chaos between the military and its people.
North Korea indeed is a scary place. If you say the wrong thing, you are either shot on sight or sent to correctional facility. I wonder how long Kim Jong-un can maintain his power.
Kim Jong-Un disbanded Taep’oong Group for its low profitability. Taep’oong Group is a Pyongyang-based North Korean company established by the National Defence Commision of North Korea that supplies the North Korean military with liquidity.
The company’s poor financial performance was officially reported, but the report itself is questionable.
Recently Ri Young-ho was purged, in order for Kim Jong-Un to take over the military.
Kim Jong-Un’s actions to weaken the power of other military officials is proof that Kim Jong-Un hasn’t dominated the military yet. In these circumstances, Kim Jong-Un’s recent actions will not be welcomed in the North Korean military.
Not only did he purge Ri Young-ho, but he cut off the financial supplier of the military?! The military will definitely be hostile to Kim Jong-Un.
North Korean specialists are already predicting that a coup in North Korea is near. Kim Jong-Un is only pouring oil on the flame by suffocating the military.
North Korea’s Olympic athletes are surprising the world by winning medals, and attributing their success to Kim Jong Un. However, there are rumors that suggest the success of the country’s small number of athletes at the Olympics is the policy of giving rewards like cars, refrigerators, and televisions for medalists, but losers are sent losers to labor camps.
But the consequence of loss is greater if the athletes lose to countries in conflict like the ROK and the US.
One North Korean defector stated at an interview that Shin Ui-gun, coach of North Korea’s women’s football team, will be criticized for the loss to the US at the London Olympics.
Moreover, North Korean defectors testified that if athletes lose a match, they are held responsible as if they had lost in a battle. Matches against Korea and the US is almost always considered as a war that needs to be won at all cost.
North Korean athletes are participating in sports not from sportsmanship, but from the fear of Kim Jong-Un’s punishments. Is this even possible, and sensible? Some say this kind of rumor is from the negative perception of North Korea, but we are talking about North Korea, here. I think it’s very probable because the 3 generation of Kim dictators gained the know-how of threatening and forcing people.
The Spanish National Court, Audiencia Nacional will summon Kim Jong-un this September on charges of genocide and inhumane acts.
* The Spanish National Court issued an arrest warrant for Augusto Pinochet, Chilean dictator for genoicde and inhumane acts in 1998.
The Spanish National Court’s summon will be delivered to North Korea’s UN ambassador at Geneva. If Kim Jong-Un does not does not object to the summon, and turns down the summon, an arrest warrant is issued after six weeks. If an arrest warrant is issued, Kim Jong-Un becomes the most-wanted on Interpol’s list, which will restrict foreign visits.
After Kim Jong-un’s regime, there has been no efforts to stop inhumane acts, and there were no signs of reform… There only exists control and persecution of its people.
North Koreans’ human rights worsened as cruel tortures are widespread…
And they are abducting Japanese, Korean, and even Dutch people…
They are not only trampling on their own people’s human rights, but also harming people of other nations. I assent to the Spanish National Court’s summoning of Kim Jong-un to bring him under international justice.
As North Korea’s Kim Jong-un’s appearance with the accompaniment of Ri Sol-ju increased, people are starting to think that North Korea is in the verge of change.
Reform and open-door policies? Kim Jong-un’s recent actions is just a show he put on to stop sanctions and get international aid.
As Kim Jong-un came into power, the human rights violation has peaked. Borderline security has been reinforced to prevent the incoming exchange of outside information.
Moreover, they are making false accusations against the US and the ROK for the terror incident on Kim Il-sung statue, and threatening that they would take revenge through terror movements against North Korean activists, and North Korean defectors.
Just because Kim Jong-un got rid of Ri Yong-ho doesn’t mean that he’s abandoning military-first policies, and adopt a people-first policy. So don’t get your hopes up. North Korea’s reform, and open door policy is Kim Jong-un’s shallow trick.