The attached video is from North Korean television. The video shows both Kim Jong-un and his wife, Ri Sol-ju at the ceremonymonth which honors Kim Jong-un’s father and grandfather.
A report out today shows continued deprivation and starvation that the citizens of North Korea face, while the elite continue to flourish. In Pyongyang the people live in comfort but elsewhere in the nation struggles continue. Food shortages continue on the peninsula and 2/3 of the country resort to reliance upon government rations which are received twice a month.
Recent reports show that the citizens of North Korea live under a caste system. I know, I know – this news is nothing new to many of us who are familiar with the North Korean regimes and the dictatorship of last three generations of Kim’s to rule the nation. However, this report just verifies what many of us already knew. The people are forced to live by “songbun” which ranks its citizens, from birth, based on their families political background and punishes those that they deem disloyal. Reports like this solidify Penalty of Pride’s depiction of the prisoner and it only begins to scratch the surface of the horrors that the citizens of the North must endure.
News reports are stating that North Korea fired off it’s rocket, even with warnings not to proceed with such actions. However, news reports coming in from South Korea, Japan, and Washington, DC say the attempt was a failure – resulting in a rocket that broke apart in the Yellow Sea. I wonder what is next for the most isolated nation?
Pyongyang released a statement last month that it intended to launch satellite into orbit between April 12 – 16. This has caused a great deal of alarm in the region, since many believe this is just ballistic missile test in disguise. There is currently a ban, by the UN, against any such test – the North Korean regime is not allowed to perform missile launches.
However, for the North, they state this will signify an important memoriam for their previous leader, Kim Il-sung. This will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Great Leader, who was born on April 15, 1912. On April 15 the North recognizes this day as a public holiday and referred to not only as the Great Leader’s birthday but also the Day of the Sun.
The real debate is whether the newest heir to the Kim nepocracy will follow the same path as past predecessors and continue to saber rattle or will a united front from the outside world subdue the heightened tensions? So little is known about Kim Jong-un that it may just be a crap shoot.
Awesome story,March 21, 2012
This story really left me wanting more. Its a scary tale with basis in current day events and a scary what-if scenario. Extremely well written and captivating. I couldn’t put it down and can’t wait for the sequel.