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North Korea’s U.S. Travelogue

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v.ifeng.com

Check out this video, allegedly being broadcast across North Korea about life in the United States.

All 315 million Americans are apparently homeless in North Korea’s United States. They spend all their time melting snow for coffee, and killing local birds for food. They are penniless drug addicts who appreciate handouts from — wait for it — the government of North Korea.

It’s hard to know which is more bizarre: the incredibly bad video, or the fact that this is a nation the U.S. fears like no other. More critically, if this is the real deal, it goes to show just how isolated the average North Korean is.

But there’s just one problem: if the U.S. is as enfeebled and desperate as it appears here, no way can it help South Korea wage war against the North, even as the two allies are amid a 13,000-troop-strong war game that has driven the North Korean leadership to unprecedented levels of war fever.

Pass the bird, please.

7 comments
JosefindlM
JosefindlM

I can't believe even TIME fell for this. ridiculous. The translation is Not Real.

kulizokia
kulizokia

@JosefindlM 

Exactly, even WIRED took down their article about this video. It's all a farce. I don't like North Korea but it's just lazy to do articles like this. It creates a further divide in the minds of Americans against the people of North Korea, which isn't what we need right now. I figured a website as reputable as TIME would have some real quality control with their articles. 

kulizokia
kulizokia like.author.displayName 1 Like

The video voice over was obviously a joke. It's a funny video, but a fake one. Just because WIRED fell for it, doesn't mean that you have to as well. This is a clear case of misinformed journalism that doesn't have anything backing up it's claims. You may as well take any video on youtube and attribute it to North Korea. As long as you're vague about the sources, apparently it doesn't matter. 


Don_Bacon
Don_Bacon

The latest "news" is that DPRK is threatening a South Korean island. But Baengnyeong Island  is not a "South Korean Island."

Territorial waters, according to accepted maritime boundary understandings, extend 12nm (1nm = 6076ft) from the coast.

The 1953 Armistice Agreement established a demarcation line and a demilitarized zone (DMZ) on the land, but not on the water. The UN unilaterally set a “Northern Limit Line” (NLL) off North Korea's coast in August 1953. This line is only 3nm from the coast, which according to recognized maritime terminology is the boundary of "coastal waters." not "territorial waters" (12nm).

The NLL is shown on this map (green line). See that island next to the ROK flag, upper left? That's Baengnyeong Island.
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/war/nll.htm

The bogus NLL places islands that would properly belong to DPRK under the control of South Korea (ROK). Here's a close-up view. Baengnyeong Island, Ongjin County, DPRK, is indicated  as #1.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Inchon_islands_2.svg

m00nkeh
m00nkeh

@Don_Bacon You're not seriously suggesting that Baengnyeong Island should belong to North Korea, are you?  How do you think the population of the island would feel if you turned up to tell them they're being handed over to Pyongyang?

Don_Bacon
Don_Bacon

Please copy & paste that last URL including svg -- it won't link.


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