North Korea: Is It News Or Propaganda?

First off–I would like to thank all my friends from IST that have come here to follow my new attempt at blogging…..I cannot thank you enough….chuq

It began when North Korea fired off its fist nuke and continued through the many missile tests that have been conducted.

We Americans hear about the sad condition of the country with people near starvation….and the poor living conditions…..

The Op-Ed I will ask some questions that have been bothering me for a few months.

First there is the North Korean economy….by all Western accounts the country is in deep trouble….the people are near starvation and there is poverty everywhere….

Then a report from the Bank of Korea throws some cold water on the reports….

the Bank of Korea, the South Korean central bank, reported that last year North Korea’s gross domestic product grew 3.9 percent. That is the highest growth rate since 1999.

The 3.9 percent figure was, for most observers, unexpected. In the previous half decade, the North managed only an average of about one percent growth. It appears, therefore, that last year the regime managed to break out of a long period of stagnation.

The surprisingly strong result will lead some to suspect the Bank of Korea’s figure. Observers, however, have relied on the bank’s estimates since the early 1990s because Pyongyang stopped reporting data in the 1960s after the regime began to fail to meet its publicly announced development goals. The bank’s estimates have their obvious limitations because of the opaqueness of the North Korean system, but they show trends.

That is not bad growth.

Then there are the starving people……so far the reports that we get on the news the people do not appear to be starving.  I am not saying that they are not just that the ones seen on the evening news look pretty damn healthy.  And why if things are as bad as we hear why are not more people defecting?

I mean surely a bullet is more preferable than a slow starvation death.

Now on to the missiles…….

The big news is the latest test from NK illustrates that their missile could reach as far inland as Chicago.

the second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated his country can hit the US mainland, hours after the launch left analysts concluding that a wide swath of the United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of North Korean weapons. The Korean Central News Agency said that Kim expressed “great satisfaction” after the Hwasong-14 missile, which the country first launched on July 4, reached a maximum height of 2,314 miles and traveled 620 miles from the launch point before landing in waters near Japan.

A physicist and co-director of the global security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists tells the AP that if reports of the missile’s maximum altitude and flight time are correct, it would have a theoretical range of at least 6,500 miles

The equation that it could hit as far inland as Chicago is by taking the launch and flattening the trajectory out…..to give them the Chicago target.

The same could have been used when the US test a rocket….or France…..our Japan

For decades the allies of America have been silently enabling the Kim regimes…..

Source: How America’s Friends Aid North Korea’s Missile Program | The National Interest

I am not saying that all the information given to us is wrong….only that some of it is adjusted to fit the paradigm that certain sectors are pushing.

We can speculate all we like but nothing will be known as accurate until he finally acts.

Personally, I do not think that the US would be his first choice for a strike….if that indeed is his desire.

If one puts aside prejudices and look at what has happening on the Korean Peninsula in the past decades then you could start understanding the position the country is taking….

Source: The Real Reason North Korea May Start a War | The National Interest Blog

Paranoia is indeed contagious.

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9 thoughts on “North Korea: Is It News Or Propaganda?

  1. Pestilence that has a tendency to spread is best fought outside the door rather than once it gets into the house.

    1. I guess….but I still have questions on some of the stuff they are feeding us…..not saying NK is sweet and cuddly just some things do not make sense when thought about…..chuq

      1. We will end up trying to buy them off with more millions of dollars in aid which they will demand be delivered in packages marked with any label of origin “Except” the U.S.A. — Just like they did once before. And what will we get for our generosity? — More posturing, more threats and possibly an “Accidental” missile in our back yard somewhere.

      2. It may cost less and no loss of American life…..let them talk…isn’t this the same conversation we have about Iran….it is like we have a standard form and all we do is fill in the blank for country. chuq

  2. I have never believed that North Korea has any intention of using those missiles to attack another country on a ‘first-strike’ basis. But they live in a region where South Korea is protected by the US nuclear arsenal, as is Japan. China and Russia have nuclear weapons, so the DPRK is the only country in that part of the world without them. This makes them potentially vulnerable to intimidation, or direct attack. Accordingly, it was always obvious that they would seek to obtain a nuclear ‘deterrent’ to restore the ‘balance of power’.
    Or do those issues only matter when they are stated by western nations, as their reasons for having a nuclear weapons system? One rule for us, another for those we don’t like, obviously. The only real alternative is to never have started the arms race and subsequent nuclear weapons proliferation in the first place. Too late now…
    Best wishes, Pete.

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