THESE images are a portal into the real North Korea - the one Kim Jong-un wants to hide from the world. They give a peek behind the smokescreen of loyal citizens worshipping the Supreme Leader and happy faces cheering at gawdy military parades. Giant posters of the Kim family are scattered across the capital Pyongyang, where families are crammed into tower blocks. Words like "sacrifice" adorn propaganda banners designed to brainwash the country's rich elite. But outside the city of three million live many more who carry out back-breaking farm work all year round. Defectors who escaped its brutal regime have told how they ate mice to survive in the famine-stricken nation. Grace Jo, a defector who lost most of her family to starvation, told of how she once survived in the country by eating rodents. She remembers eating just one meal a week during much of the 1990s when millions perished from starvation. Admittance to the country is difficult and often impossible, but from time-to-time … [Read more...] about Life inside North Korea from women in factories to children at school shown in fascinating photos
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Rodong Sinmun, the state newspaper of North Korea, condemned the United States as the “worst human rights abuser” in the world in an editorial Wednesday protesting the State Department’s recent report on the status of human rights around the world. As dictator Kim Jong-un prepares for summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and American President Donald Trump, expected to lower tensions between the rogue communist state and the world generally, Rodong Sinmun and other North Korean state outlets have shifted their focus away from attacking Trump and Moon personally towards condemning U.S. “culture.” Prioritizing respect for human rights and the free pursuit of happiness is paramount on the list of American values that North Korean outlets condemn as “cultural poisoning.”In the column published Wednesday, Rodong Sinmun protests that the U.S. State Department “every year acts as if it were a ‘human rights … [Read more...] about North Korea’s Media Deem U.S. ‘Kingpin of Human Rights Abuses’
World U.S. North Korea relations Kim Jong Un Donald Trump North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has officially notified the U.S. of his willingness to discuss denuclearization at a planned summit with President Donald Trump, U.S. officials said Sunday, according to Reuters. The statement is the first direct confirmation of what South Korean envoys discussed with Trump after their trip to Pyongyang last month and Chinese media reported following Kim's historic visit to Beijing at the end of March. It also confirms the existence of preliminary talks between American and North Korean diplomats occurring via the so-called backchannel offered by the U.N. diplomatic missions. Trump stunned the world when he agreed to meet Kim by the end of May without preconditions after months of fiery rhetoric against the regime. Now, getting North Korea to clarify what it means by denuclearization is going to be one of the main challenges for the White … [Read more...] about U.S.-North Korea Talks: What Does Kim Jong Un Mean by ‘Denuclearization’?
World North Korea Political Prisoners Donald Trump Ahead of landmark talks with President Donald Trump, North Korea has allegedly released three U.S. prisoners who were being held for years in a labor camp. Kim Dong-chul, Kim Sang-duk, and Kim Hak-sung are three U.S. citizens who were arrested in North Korea last year and accused of “hostile acts.” All three have been held in one of the rogue regime’s notorious labor camps ever since. But now, multiple media reports have claimed that the three men were released from the camp and brought to receive medical treatment in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang. It is unclear if and when they will be returned to the U.S. Some experts suggested that the move was meant to facilitate upcoming talks between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Recommended Slideshows 51 50 Best-Selling Albums in U.S. History 51 In Pictures: The 50 Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 51 In Pictures: Top 50 … [Read more...] about North Korea Allegedly Released U.S. Prisoners Ahead of Landmark Meeting With Trump
President Donald Trump plans to submit any future North Korea nuclear deal to the Senate as a treaty, a way to reassure Kim Jong Un about the agreement’s permanence and make certain that future administrations can’t quickly undo it -- as the president did with the Iran nuclear accord -- according to a senior administration official. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believe any deal dismantling North Korea’s nuclear program could safely win bipartisan support, according to the official who asked not to be identified. A potential treaty would likely be a long way off given that Trump’s planned summit with Kim on June 12 in Singapore isn’t expected to produce much more than a road map on the way forward. Trump himself has said the meeting with Kim will only be a chance for the two leaders to get to know each other. And most North Korea experts say Kim’s regime will never surrender all of its nuclear capabilities. Separately, in an interview with … [Read more...] about Trump Expects Any North Korea Deal as a Treaty for Senate Review