Friday, November 2, 2012

North Korea

An independent United Nations expert today voiced continued concern about the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and urged the Government to re-think its focus on military expenditure and to allocate resources to improve the living standards of its people.  “I continue to be concerned with both the human rights and humanitarian situation in the country,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK, Marzuki Darusman, told reporters ahead of his briefing to the General Assembly. He added that it is very concerning that some 16 million people in the DPRK – of a total population of 25 million – continue to suffer from varying degrees of chronic food insecurity and high malnutrition.

(Excerpt from a UN Press Release)

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In an ideal world, it makes perfect sense to North Korea to tone down its emphasis on military hardware while its citizens starve. However, North Korea's investment in military weapons is its last source of leverage in the international community. What saber do they have to rattle if they are not developing inter-continental ballistic missiles? What "fear" can they put into the minds of western powers if they are not developing satellites designed for low earth orbit? Unfortunately, there will be no such change in North Korea's political ideology absent an overthrow of the current regime and political system.

Posted by: Brian | Nov 6, 2012 8:35:36 AM

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