Tagged with Kim Il-sung

North Korea, where the people eat each other

By Stephanie Hegarty Life inside North Korea’s closed borders is hard to imagine. One of the only insights into how ordinary people live, beyond the official line of the regime, comes from those who have escaped. Two defectors, Chanyang Joo and Yu-sung Kim, who left North Korea in 2011, tell their story. “I heard that … Continue reading

Never again is now in North Korea

Shin Dong-hyuk grew up in North Korea’s Camp 14, one of the monstrous slave-labor prison complexes in which the world’s most tyrannical regime has crushed hundreds of thousands of its citizens, working them to death in conditions of excruciating brutality and degradation. Though the North Korean concentration camps have lasted far longer than their Soviet … Continue reading

Pyongyang’s Skillful Deterrence

  U.S.–North Korea relations recently enjoyed 16 optimistic days: between February 29, when Pyongyang signed the “Leap Day” arms control agreement with the United States, and March 16, when it announced plans to conduct the very kind of rocket launch that it had just forsworn. Reacting to the announcement of the satellite launch, which is … Continue reading

DPRK: Pyongyang Preparing for Third Nuclear Test

North Korean space officials have moved all three stages of a long-range rocket into position for a controversial launch, vowing today to push ahead with their plan in defiance of international warnings against violating a ban on missile activity. Foreign news agencies were allowed a first-hand look at preparations under way at the coastal Sohae … Continue reading

North Korea: Escape from Camp 14

His first memory is an execution. He walked with his mother to a wheat field, where guards had rounded up several thousand prisoners. The boy crawled between legs to the front row, where he saw guards tying a man to a wooden pole. Shin In Geun was four years old, too young to understand the … Continue reading

Get Your Kim Jong Il Commemorative Coins!

Leading the homepage of the Korean Central News Agency today is news of a hot new product coming to North Korea: Collectible coins commemorating deceased Dear Leader! For a limited time, the Hermit kingdom will be issuing pure gold coins (35 mm in diameter, 2mm thickness) and pure silver coins (40mm in diameter, 3mm in … Continue reading

Time to End North Korea Genocide

Has North Korea violated the international norm known as the Responsibility to Protect to the point that intervention is warranted? I would argue the answer is an unequivocal “yes.” Certainly, North Korea is believed to have committed acts that many would consider genocide, including executions and state-sanctioned murders, the systematic use of torture, state-induced mass … Continue reading

Time to collapse the DPRK

With the breaking news of Kim Jong Il death, North Korea’s mercurial and enigmatic leader it’s time for regime change and fast.. Responsible for the deaths of millions to starvation and disease, as well as countless thousands locked away in gulags, it’s time to force China’s hand into action. Kim came into power after the … Continue reading