The truth about the DPRK.

Video clips in English

Daily life in Pyongyang (1):

Daily life in Pyongyang (2):

Daily life in Pyongyang (3): -

CBC interview with Osstindie on the DPRK:

British music video:
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Life in the DPRK (2):

Life in the DPRK (3):

Life in the DPRK (4):

I joined the KFA (Korean Friendship Association) and since then I have seen the truth of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Here are some FAQ in the KFA.

1. Can I get a signed photograph from Leader Kim Jong IL?
Soon the KFA shop will offer such article.

2. Can I send a letter to North Korea and get a penpal in North Korea?
You can send the letter if you have an valid address and contact person. We provide no service for penpal friends.

3. Can I emigrate to North Korea and live in North Korea?
It’s possible only in very special situations and having honor/merits. You must send a request letter stating your reasons, together with your complete CV, copy of your passport and certificates to

4. Can I work in North Korea as a teacher/interpreter/(other)?

5. Can I travel to North Korea? I heard it is impossible to travel to North Korea. Is it true?
You can travel to North Korea only as a tourist, or as a part of a delegation invited to the country by the Government. The Korean International Travel Company (Ryogaengsa) can give more information about tourist trips, and the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) also arranges delegations to the DPRK every year. See for more information.

For further reading, see Footnotes [3]

6. I am a US citizen / I am a South Korean citizen, can I visit North Korea?
Special protocols are in effect regarding US and South Korean nationals. Contact your local embassy for more information. The Korean Friendship Association (KFA) organize trips and will allow visas for some US citizens that contributed for the peace and friendship between USA and the DPRK.

7. I am a journalist / news reporter and I’m interested in doing a documentary in North Korea. Can I?
Send your details to Special Delegate Mr. Alejandro Cao de Benos in the e-mail

8. Can I travel to North Korea as a backpacker? (Independant travel)
No. You must travel as a group only, even if you are the only participant you must be with Korean guides at all times.

9. Can I join the Korean People’s Army?
No, only Korean nationals with DPRK citizenship

10. I’ve heard that everbody starves in North Korea. How is the food situation?
It is no secret that there was a crisis during the mid 1990’s in the DPRK. Because of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and due to the isolation caused by US embargo and sanctions, the country suffered a difficult period. A natural disaster caused floodings, and combined with the other factors, it created a period which we now call the “Arduous March” where the DPRK had to recover from this situation, and the collapse of the Soviet union while still unduring hostilities by the US who continually to this day try to stifle and isolate the DPRK. Since the end of the 1990’s and around year 2000, the country has completely recovered from the “Arduous March” and has survived as a country which has now become even stronger and more independant than before.

11. I want to know why North Korea has nuclear weapons. Why?
After the US failed to fulfill the terms in the Agreed Framework by supplying two light-water reactors to the DPRK as compensation for the discontinuing of Korean nuclear power, the DPRK withdrew in October 2002 from the NPT and thus restarted its own energy-producing program, and then started to recycle spent fuel-rods.
The DPRK has a nuclear deterrence as a life-insurance to protect the motherland. The US, who put the country inside the “Axis of Evil”, and is threatening with a nuclear holocaust pre-emptive strike has created this situation and made this neccessary. The situation is no less serious because the US side has nuclear weapons and other missiles stationed in South Korea.
The so-called “six-party talks” has not yeilded a solution, due to the recless demands of the US side who wants to disarm the DPRK without the intention to sign a non-aggression pact and with the intention of launching an attack against the DPRK.

12. What does the DPRK want regarding the nuclear standoff?
The DPRK wants a peaceful solution to the nuclear standoff by having unilateral talks with the US, and that the US side signs a non-aggression treaty. The DPRK is open and ready for a switchover in the hostile policy of the US.

13. Is North Korea a dictatorship?
No, the DPRK is a multi-party constitutional democracy guaranteeing freedom of speech and assembly to all citizens. DPRK citizens play an active role in their nation’s political life at the local, regional and national levels, through their trade unions or as members of one of the nation’s three political parties, which include the Workers’ Party of Korea, the Chondoist Chongu Party and the Korean Social Democratic Party.

For further reading, see Footnotes [1]

14. Does North Korea suppress religion?
The DPRK is a multi-confessional society with sizable Christian and Buddhist populations, for example. While most North Koreans are non-religious or atheist, all citizens of the DPRK enjoy full religious freedom under the Socialist Constitution.

For further reading, see Footnotes [2]

15. Can North Koreans travel abroad?
In spite of accusations to the contrary, North Koreans enjoy the full freedom of travel. Many DPRK citizens travel abroad for scientific research, education, language training, religious conferences and trade fairs, for example. There are also hundreds of thousands of DPRK citizens living abroad, in China and Japan, for example.

16. Has North Korea’s economy really collapsed?
On the contrary, the DPRK enjoys a highly diverse and productive economy with a wide array of thriving manufacturing industries that produce automobiles, computer hardware and software, electronics, textiles and processed foods, just to name a few. While the DPRK economy has historically been geared towards heavy industry, the country’s light industrial sector is quickly taking off. Korea’s specialized and educated workforce provides an ideal environment for joint-venture projects and investment.

17. I hear that North Koreans are very poor. Is this true?
By international standards, DPRK citizens enjoy a very high standard of living. In Socialist Korea, the state guarantees all citizens the right to quality healthcare, education, stipends for the disabled, retirement pensions and access to recreational facilities, as well as a wide array of other state-supported services. Indeed, DPRK citizens are guaranteed many provisions that are uncommon in many developed capitalist societies, which are home to real poverty. Unlike in many countries of the capitalist world, the DPRK is a state free of homelessness, unemployment, prostitution and starvation.

18. Is North Korea a ‘Stalinist’ state?
The term ‘Stalinism’ is highly loaded and is most frequently employed not as a descriptive term but as an insult. The DPRK political system is based on the Juche Idea, a theory developed by the late President Kim Il Sung stressing national self-reliance and development according to the unique characteristics of individual nations. ‘Stalinism,’ on the other hand, was articulated as a universalistic political ideology. The DPRK is indeed a socialist state, meaning that all the means of production are socially owned. However, the central implication of the ‘Stalinist’ accusation–simply that the DPRK is a dictatorship–is inaccurate. Korea is a socialist democracy guaranteeing its citizens the full range of individual liberties and rights provided by many liberal regimes, and more.

19. Is North Korea ‘reforming’ its economy and moving towards capitalism?
While the comparison between the DPRK and ‘China in the 1980s’ is frequently evoked by many so-called ‘experts’ these days, it is completely incorrect and misleading. The DPRK remains a planned socialist economy and has no intention of embracing the capitalist developmental model.

20. What is North Korea’s stance on homosexuality?
Due to tradition in Korean culture, it is not customary for individuals of any sexual orientation to engage in public displays of affection. As a country that has embraced science and rationalism, the DPRK recognizes that many individuals are born with homosexuality as a genetic trait and treats them with due respect.

Homosexuals in the DPRK have never been subject to repression, as in many capitalist regimes around the world. However, North Koreans also place a lot of emphasis on social harmony and morals. Therefore, the DPRK rejects
many characteristics of the popular gay culture in the West, which many perceive to embrace consumerism, classism and promiscuity.

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  1. Is North Korea a dictatorship?
    No, the DPRK is a multi-party constitutional democracy guaranteeing freedom of speech and assembly to all citizens. DPRK citizens play an active role in their nation’s political life at the local, regional and national levels, through their trade unions or as members of one of the nation’s three political parties, which include the Workers’ Party of Korea, the Chondoist Chongu Party and the Korean Social Democratic Party.

This is a joke right? And anyway, i don’t see why idolizing a country that has no power and tells it’s citizens to eat grass is so cool.

Nagumo, you have totally oipened my eyes to this great new idea of how things should be done. Why cannoty more countries be like North Korea. And here we’ve been getting the wrong impression of what a country it is. Well now i know the truth. Nagumo, I support you.


A few months back, Sun, a guy who posts here, actually WENT to the DPRK and took photos. I think they were a more accurate representation of the situation that country is in, than this little PR blurb.

And don’t you find it a little suspicious that you’re freely allowed to tour the country, but MUST be with a designated tour guide at all times? I mean, its pretty clear they only want you to see the nice sections of the country, and not the gulag systems they have going and the starving people.

That’s like tourism in every country on earth. Do you think Vancouver wants to show visitors Skid Row?

refers back to the discussion on the topic

Surely anyone can see that this is purely fabricated propaganda. This FAQ describes North Korea as a socialist paradise, and the voting rate for Kim Jong Il 99% to 100%? North Korea’s infant mortality rate is more than fives times than that of Canada’s, and nearly quadruple the rate in the U.S. And what about North Korea closing its borders following a mass defectation of its citizens to China and South Korea? I suppose they weren’t too happy in this socialist paradise.

8. Can I travel to North Korea as a backpacker? (Independant travel)
No. You must travel as a group only, even if you are the only participant you must be with Korean guides at all times.

Mm. You can travel, but only to pre-determined and prepared places. I wonder why.

So the truth about North Korea.

3. Can I emigrate to North Korea and live in North Korea?
Who’d like the live in one of the poorest countries of the world?

13. Is North Korea a dictatorship?
Hahahahah.The Korean Workers’ Party leads the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland and is thus the single party.

14. Does North Korea suppress religion?
Only goverment-sponsored groups exist. Note of the CIA WFB “autonomous religious activities now almost nonexistent; government-sponsored religious groups exist to provide illusion of religious freedom”

15. Can North Koreans travel abroad?
No they can’t. It’s illegal for North Koreans to travel abroad. It’s the same as in the GDR - first travel was allowed, but because living conditions in the GDR were horrid, about one million fled to Western Germany. Then traveling abroad was prohibited, and anybody who attempted to cross the border was shot.

16. Has North Korea’s economy really collapsed?
Again, I might cite the WFB. “North Korea, one of the world’s most centrally planned and isolated economies, faces desperate economic conditions. Industrial capital stock is nearly beyond repair as a result of years of underinvestment and spare parts shortages.” I could also add that North Korea exports goods worth just $1.2bn. That’s less than Namibia, a two-million-inhabitants country in Africa.

17. I hear that North Koreans are very poor.
According to the UN Human Development Index, Human Development in North Korea is extremely bad. It’s even worse than in Iraq and Indonesia.

So yeah, that’s pretty much the truth about North Korea.

Or Canada any part of Ontario! :stuck_out_tongue:

And Cless, no one on these forums is an infant, I am sure we are all fine to live in North Korea with equal health care opportunities!


I’d also like to add that North Korea ranked dead last in the last economic sustainability index released. Yes, it was even behind Sudan and Zimbabwe.

Source: (It’s an interesting read, and doesn’t take too long)

Can we get a recording of Kim Jong Il singing “I’m So Ronery?” :smiley:

I agree that it is all propaganda.

Taken from Wikipedia:
Gathering crisis
In the 1970s the expansion of the DPRK’s economy, with the accompanying rise in living standards, came to an end and then went into reverse. There were a number of reasons for this. One was the huge increase in the price of oil following the oil shock of 1974. The DPRK has no oil of its own, and since it had few export commodities of interest to the west, it could not afford to pay for oil imports - this was the downside of Juche. Secondly the huge levels of state expenditure on armaments could no longer be sustained, but for political reasons could not be reduced. In fact Kim’s stated determination to achieve the reunification of Korea in his lifetime meant that military expenditure could only increase.

Most importantly, however, the Soviet-style command economy, based on heavy industry, had reached the limits of its productive potential in the DPRK, as it had in the Soviet Union and elsewhere.

and Later:
The DPRK spends a third of its GDP on armaments, including the development of nuclear weapons, and keeps one-fifth of males aged 18-45 in uniform, while the basic infrastructure of the state is allowed to crumble.

As a result, the DPRK is now dependent on international food aid to feed its population. According to Amnesty International, more than 13 million people suffered from malnutrition in the DPRK in 2003. In 2001 the DPRK received nearly $US300 million in food aid from the U.S., South Korea, Japan, and the European Union, plus much additional aid from the United Nations and non-governmental organizations. Despite this the DPRK maintained its violent rhetoric against the U.S., South Korea and Japan. The supply of heating and electricity outside the capital is practically non-existent, and food and medical supplies are scarce. When there is a bad harvest, as has been persistently the case over recent years, the population faces actual famine: a situation never before seen in a peacetime industrial economy. Since 2000 there has been a steady stream of emigration to China, despite the efforts of both countries to prevent it.

The lack of access to the foreign media and the tradition of secrecy in the DPRK means that there is little news about political conditions, but Amnesty International’s 2003 report on the DPRK says that “there were reports of severe repression of people involved in public and private religious activities, including imprisonment, torture and executions. Unconfirmed reports suggested that torture and ill-treatment were widespread in prisons and labour camps. Conditions were reportedly extremely harsh.”

Since any reform of the DPRK would inevitably reduce the army’s power and wealth, however, this would be a difficult course for it to follow.

North Korea declared on Feb. 10, 2005 that it has nuclear weapons [1] bringing widespread expressions of dismay and near-universal calls for the North to return to the six-party negotiations aimed at curbing its nuclear program.

“Their nuclear capability was never really doubted, and they didn’t really give us any new information to raise our concerns,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a foreign policy specialist at the Brookings Institution who is the author of “Crisis on the Korean Peninsula.” “They didn’t tell us they had weapons that can fit on top of missiles,” he said. "They didn’t tell us how many weapons they had. They didn’t test a weapon. There were a lot of things they could’ve done that would have been worse.

“I think whatever damage occurred today can be walked back,” he said. “I don’t think the North Koreans are suicidal.” [2]


Did I get something wrong or is this about ENVIRONMENTAL sustainability?

It’s in asia right? So there is probably a lot of cheap animez.


Yeah, that is environmental sustainability, although that’s in some ways linked to the agriculture industry, it’s not as serious an issue as being ranked last in economics :stuck_out_tongue:

What a bunch of lies! This is just like Soviet propaganda back in the Cold War. While the population starves and suffers under what has become a dynasty of tyrants, the government wastes funds on nuclear weapons and undermines any chance to get back on its feet by constantly being hostile to the rest of the world. Freedom and abundance, my ass! Anyone silly enough to believe this should be thrown in there.

'twas a joke

Oh. Um, I get it now. Yeah. Ha ha.

Can we stop acting like we even have to bother addressing Warsaw Pact’s gullibility-induced support of socialism/facism, and just get to the part where we all get in a circle around him and hit him with sticks?