"North Korea is a secretive country - and, like most secretive countries, it is especially susceptible to cliche-ridden descriptions. Some such cliches are basically well-founded, while others are seriously misleading or outdated.
"One of the most commonly cited cliches is that North Korea is a 'destitute, starving country'. Once upon a time, such a description was all too sadly correct: In the late 1990s, North Korea suffered a major famine that, according to the most recent research, led to between 500,000 and 600,000 deaths. However, starvation has long since ceased to be a fact of life in North Korea"...
... "However, this does not mean that North Korea is an affluent country. The CIA fact book estimates North Korea's GDP per capita to be $1,800. Even this estimate is probably excessively optimistic. There is a good reason to believe that the actual per capita GDP of North Korea is in the region of $800-900. This means, of course, that North Korea is a seriously poor country. However, poverty does not equal starvation." - by Andrei Lankov/ author: "The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia"
The people in the Korean Peninsula's neighborhood, the South Koreans, the North Koreans, the Japanese, the Chinese, and the Russians will be the first to suffer in any war that is initiated by any combatant. Any conflict will bring the death of thousands of innocents, maybe hundreds of thousands, maybe millions. The North Korean people are an impoverished and oppressed people, their opportunities in life are Gulag-directed in a "Failed Stalinist Utopia," they need the people of the west and of their neighborhood to care about what happens to them as if they were just like us.
Please see Carbuncle Moon posts: 8/12, 8/10. & 8/8...
Hair fight over Seoul, Round 17: "I don't trust you as far as I can spit with my mouth wired shut, Donald" -- "I don't trust you as far as I can spit with my mouth wired shut, Kim Jong Un" -- "China is kissin yer butt, Donald" -- "South Korea is kissin yer butt, Kim Jong Un" -- "I'm gonna kick yer butt Donald" -- "No, I'm gonna kick yer butt Kim Jong Un" -- "No, I'm gunna kick yer butt Donald" -- "No, I'm gunna kick yer butt Kim Jong Un..." (a collaborative cartoon)
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