Interesting facts about North Korea

10 Terrifying Facts about North Korea that Kim Jong-un is Hiding

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Kim Jong-un is the leader of North Korea.

North Korea is heaven on earth, according to its leaders, and hell, according to its citizens, who by some miracle have managed to escape. The world’s interest in the country has been piqued by the scandalous film “Interview” based on a fictional story about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. In this review we offer facts that make it easier to understand what goes on behind the North Korean Iron Curtain.

Labor concentration camps

Labor contraceptive camps.

There are currently about 16 huge labor camps in North Korea, comparable to the Gulag. They are located, as a rule, in mountainous terrain. It is estimated that about 200,000 prisoners are held behind the barbed wire of these camps, which are also electrified. North Korean gulags are populated by defectors, traitors and former politicians who have not been appreciated by the North Korean government.

Punishment by inheritance

North Korea: the son is responsible for the father.

North Korean law provides for punishment in “three generations”: if someone commits a crime, not only he will pay for it, but also his children and grandchildren. All of them will be punished accordingly. This tends to result in people spending their entire lives in camps.

One of the worst crimes a North Korean citizen can commit is trying to leave the country. Treason is considered disagreement with the government. And a person who decides to ask how people in other countries live is signing his or her own death sentence.

Insurance fraud

Global insurance fraud - DPRK economic policy.

The North Korean economy is in decline. The country has little or no interaction with foreign markets, so there are no exports as such. North Korea currently has a population of about 25 million people and an average GDP per capita of about $500 (for comparison, in the Russian Federation in 2013 it was about $15,000). The country is struggling to feed its citizens, and in this endeavor, it even commits economic crimes.

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For example, in 2009 the North Korean government was accused of global insurance fraud. The North Korean government took out huge insurance policies on property and equipment, and then claimed that the property was destroyed. In 2005, several of the world’s largest insurance companies, including Lloyd’s in London, sued North Korea over the alleged helicopter crash and the $58 million paid out on the insurance policy.

Arms Trade

Illegal arms trade - the DPRK's chip.

In addition to insurance fraud, the United Nations has also accused North Korea of illegally selling arms and nuclear technology to countries in Africa and the Middle East. For example, in 2012, the UN intercepted a North Korean shipment bound for Syria – 450 cylinders of graphite intended for use in ballistic missiles. In 2009, shipments to Iran and the Republic of Congo were intercepted: one contained 35 tons of missile components, while the other contained Soviet-era tanks.

The UN has imposed sanctions banning North Korea from supplying or selling missile technology, but the DPRK government has said that the sanctions are illegal, and the country can do whatever it wants. It is known that most of the money goes into Kim Jong-un’s purse, but not for food for his people.

Electricity Shortage

Aerial photography over the DPRK: no light.

Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, is a kind of utopia for the elite. Armed guards patrol the city’s borders to keep the lower classes out. Most people in Pyongyang live in luxury (at least by the country’s standards). Nevertheless, even for the three million upper-class citizens, electricity is only turned on for an hour or two a day. Sometimes, especially during the winter, the electricity is turned off completely as millions of people try to fight the cold. Most homes outside of Pyongyang are not even connected to the power grid. This is perfectly visible in nighttime photos from space: China and South Korea are flooded with lights, while North Korea is a solid dark spot.

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The Three Caste System

In 1957, as Kim Il Sung struggled to maintain control over North Korea, he began a global investigation into the “trustworthiness” of the country’s population. The end result of this investigation was a completely changed social system that divided the country’s citizens into three classes: “enemies,” “waverers,” and “fundamentals.

Refugees from North Korea at the border.

This division was based not on a person’s personality, but on their family history. Families loyal to the government were included in the “base” class, and they were given better opportunities to live. They now tend to be politicians and people closely associated with the government.

People in the middle stratum are the “wavering” or neutral class. The government does not support them in any way, but it does not oppress them either. With a happy set of circumstances, they can become the “base.

Children of the lower caste. North Korea.

The “enemies” class included those people whose ancestors had been implicated in such terrible crimes against the state as Christianity and land ownership. According to Kim Il Sung, it is they who pose the main threat to the country. These people are deprived of education, they cannot even live near Pyongyang and are usually destitute.

Fertilizer made of human feces

Fields fertilized with human feces.

North Korea is a mountainous country with cold winters and short, monsoon summers. About 80% of the country is located on mountain slopes, so most of the land is infertile. North Korea has always relied on foreign aid for fertilizer. Until the early 1990s, North Korea was helped by the USSR, and until 2008, 500,000 tons of fertilizer a year came from South Korea. When imported fertilizer ran out, North Korean farmers were forced to turn to a new source: human waste. They even adopted a state program that gave enterprises a quota of about 2,000 tons of fecal waste per year. Today, there are even stores that sell human feces as fertilizer.

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South Korean Citizenship

Many North Korean citizens flee to neighboring countries. China’s official policy is to deport them back across the border. Back home, such refugees are either exterminated or sent to penal labor camps for many decades.

Chinese border guards prevent the entry of Korean refugees.

Unlike China, South Korea has an almost absolute pardon policy: all North Korean defectors (who are not criminals) are immediately granted citizenship, vocational training, and psychological counseling for those who need it. Refugees are offered an allowance of $800 a month, and employers who hire them can expect a bonus of $1,800.

All North Koreans need to do is provide proof of citizenship. But even if they do not, the authorities tend to turn a blind eye. After all, refugees from the camps do not have any documents at all.

Refugees from North Korea at the border.

More than 24,500 North Korean defectors have been registered in South Korea since 1953. Since 2002, on average, South Korea has received 1,000 refugees each year. The Chinese government believes that up to 200,000 North Koreans are illegally hiding in the mountains and countryside of the Middle Kingdom. Many people who flee from North Korea to China die during the long crossings.


Between 1994 and 1998, there were extensive floods in North Korea and much of the agricultural land fell into disrepair. Rising debts to the Soviet Union precluded food imports. As a result, entire cities began to die out. During this time, about 3.5 million people – more than 10 percent of the country’s population – died of starvation. Any food supplies were confiscated by the military under the Songun (“army first”) policy. North Koreans began to eat their pets, then crickets and tree bark, and finally children.

Hungry children.

It was at that time that the saying, “Don’t buy meat if you don’t know where it came from,” became popular. According to the accounts of defectors, in those years people searched for stray children at train stations, put them to sleep, and cut them up at home. There is at least one official account of a man who engaged in cannibalism.

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Prisons and torture

Very few people escaped the DPRK penal labor camps, survived, and were able to talk about what went on there. Shin Dong-hek is a man who escaped from the dreaded “Camp 14,” which is considered the most brutal labor camp in the country because the worst political criminals are held there. His story is told in the book Escape from Camp 14.

Kwan-li-so (prison-labor camp) #14 (hidden footage).

Shin was born in the camp because his uncle deserted from the army and escaped to South Korea. When he was 14 years old, he and his mother and brother tried to escape. They were caught and taken to an underground prison where they were brutally tortured. According to Shin Dong-hyeok’s account, he was hung from the ceiling by his legs to make him testify against his mother. When that didn’t work, he was suspended by his arms and legs with his back down and slowly lowered over a vat filled with hot coals until the skin on his back was completely burned. In between interrogations, he was thrown into a tiny concrete cell. Hundreds of people have gone through torture in North Korean prisons.

And then there’s this.

Crying badly - punishment.

In December 2011, after the end of mourning for Kim Jong-il, there were friendly trials of people who cried foul. According to North Korean government media reports, the trials were conducted by labor collectives, and those guilty faced up to six months of labor camps.

To dispel the gloomy picture a bit, let us remind you of the funniest fakes about North Korea that the whole world thought were true.

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Another lie sucked out of thin air. Not a single reference to a source, just unsubstantiated speculation. And “contraceptive camps” is a Freudian slip of the tongue, no less.

American propaganda to turn the whole world against the DPRK, have a revolution there and install military bases with a new loyal government. Here is the opposite of the AUTHORITY of Russian scientists:

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Alexander Zhebin, head of the Center for Korean Studies at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, argues that the media of Western countries are conducting a planned campaign to demonize the image of the DPRK. According to K. Asmolov, Senior Researcher at the Center for Korean Studies of the Institute of Korean Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. V. Asmolov, foreign organizations and media deliberately exaggerate the situation in North Korea. К. Asmolov doubts the objectivity of the work of the UN Commission on Human Rights, whose report on North Korea was published on February 17, 2014. In his opinion, the result of the commission’s work was the legalization of “anti-North Korean propaganda” as an official document.

And such words in the text as: “PROPOSED. that behind the barbed wire of these camps. “, or “There is at least ONE. official report of a man who engaged in cannibalism” (yes even we, in modern Russia have proven facts of cannibalism, but we know that these are isolated cases). And contraceptive camps are nice! the person who wrote this nonsense is probably very illiterate, was it not Jen psaki who wrote this? it looks like her style. And the night photo from space is an outright photoshop fake. throw this image into Photoshop and increase the brightness several times, and you’ll immediately see that the unlit mountainous areas of China are spotted (you can guess the mountainous terrain), while the territory of North Korea (80% of which is located on the slopes (said in this article) is somehow evenly blue.

Frankly speaking, I am shocked by the Western propaganda.

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