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This photo was taken during the 1997 famine in North Korea by Justin Kilcullen, director of the Irish Catholic charity Trócaire. A period news report says: The Irish delegation met a member of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee and two vice-ministers, said Mr Kilcullen. They raised issues of human rights, arms sales and economic ...


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Did both the Trump and Obama administrations receive and reject an offer of de-nuclearization? Yes, certainly. This is an article from The Telegraph, dated 9 March 2017, detailing fallout following the Trump administration rejection of an offer to de-nuclearize North Korea in exchange for United States and South Korea suspending military activities in the ...


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No, because President Trump is apparently basing his statement on a meeting he had with President Obama and his aides shortly after Trump won the November 2016 election and some of the people present at or informed of the details of the meeting say that a) Obama did not say that to Trump and b) Obama was not interested in starting a war with North Korea, so ...


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What you were watching was almost certainly a clip from the 2014 comedy film The Interview: Dave Skylark is the host of the talk show Skylark Tonight, where he interviews celebrities about personal topics and gossip. […] Skylark discovers that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of Skylark Tonight, prompting Rapaport to arrange an interview. … ...


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Does every North Korean home have a radio ... No, North Koreans in a changing media environment Photo by AP photographer David Guttenfelder A communal farm compound near Kaesong ... Ordinary North Koreans rarely have access to electricity Daily Mail Of course, this doesn't rule out battery-powered radios, but it does support the notion that ...


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It is very likely to be a fake. According to NKnews, The World Cup games are aired in North Korea by KCTV (although with delay and removed commentary), so it appears that there is no sense in faking news while the general population is aware of the developments at the World Cup, at least to some extent. Also, since the North Korea qualification games were ...


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Yes, he literally said those words, although the quote is severely edited and is taken out of context. The quote comes from Strategic Air Warfare: An Interview with Generals (1988). The full quote is provided here, but in the link, it is on page 100 in the PDF File (bold are parts of the full statement that were lifted for the quote). Right at the start ...


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She has expressed those ideas. But I could not find a reliable source for her saying those exact words together. And she certainly didn't say anything of the sort during the 2016 debates which are pictured in the image, so the image is misleading in that respect. (The transcripts are readily available and can be searched.) In a March 2018 interview with ...


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No, the North Korean didn't sink or even damage any US ship with torpedoes during the Korean War. As the question mentions, 4 ships sailed under the name "U.S.S Chicago", the Baltimore class heavy cruiser U.S.S Chicago (CA-136) (Wikipedia page)was out of commission during the Korean was. The cruiser visited several other ports in Japan before clearing ...


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North Korea claims to have limited freedom of religion and has a few Christian churches. However, these are widely believed to be for show for the purposes of foreigners: Except at the handful of state-controlled houses of worship, which are widely believed to exist for the benefit of foreigners, religious believers typically practice their faith ...


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Yes, North Korea did fire missiles over Japan. This has been widely reported in western media: NYT, Independent, Russian media: RT, Japanese media: Japanese Times are just a few of many examples. More importantly, DPRK media has also reported on the tests. Here is an article from the Pyongyang Times which collaborates the facts: Japan is now ...


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How reliable is that information? Not reliable at all. The Sunday Sport wikipedia entry says as much: ...It prints plainly ludicrous stories, such as "London Bus Found Frozen In Antarctic Ice", or "World War II Bomber Found On The Moon". Defenders of the paper pointed out that it was not intended to be taken seriously. They may have a wide audience, ...


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More clarification of international calls from North-Korea is given here, dated March 27, 2013. “3G access is no longer available for tourists to the DPRK. Sim cards can still be purchased to make international calls but no internet access is available,” the Beijing-based North Korean tourism specialist said in a short notice on its website.


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Yes, at least according to the North Koreans. And there are enough reasons for the North Koreans to pronounce this threat as a retaliation to specific recent western actions taken against DPRK, even if the West might not agree on the definition. all the data in this answer is based on news reports and articles published until the time of the original ...


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According to a recent BBC article At the start of 2012 Koryolink claimed to have one million 3G subscribers. Koryolink being North Koreas only 3G operator. According to the same BBC article: The service can only be used to make voice calls, and all international calls are banned. However tourists and visitors can use mobile data. This blog post ...


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The article North Korea 'executes three people found guilty of cannibalism' reports: Some of the 230 defectors interviewed by the Korean Institute for National Unification told of witnessing executions of people who had either eaten or sold human flesh. and describes three specific executions. Also, at the at the 2004 5th International Conference on ...


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Not likely. Experts commenting on the high rate of parasitic worms found in the general population attribute it to people desperately poor and hungry enough that they don't go through extensive processes to safeguard human waste/manure when used as fertilizers for crops. Those higher up the proverbial food chain don't run into these problems because foreign ...


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Below are countries sorted by their average ranking in the International Mathematical Olympiad during the last 20 years (https://www.imo-official.org/results.aspx). Countries with larger populations are overrepresented because they have a larger pool to choose participants from. North Korea is the fifth highest ranking country even though its population is ...


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Maybe with major caveats that mean that the answer could be yes or no. First, it is important to define exactly what we mean when we refer to special forces since the first thing that most people will think of is a well known organization such as the US Navy SEALs, US Army Special Forces, or British Special Air Service. However, in a much more general sense ...


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According to The Guardian newspaper: An unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang's foreign ministry said the North will exercise its right for "pre-emptive nuclear strikes on the headquarters of the aggressors" According to the North Korean government blog The U.S. and its followers kicked off again the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises ...


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It seems clear from the wikipedia page that there are plenty of mobile phones. The issue of being able to make international calls is a different matter, but my original question seems answered.


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I think the Wiki actually gives you your answer: National IQ and QHC values Lynn and Vanhanen base their analysis on data gathered from a literature review. They selected IQ data from studies which covered 113 nations. For another 79 nations, they estimated the mean IQs on the basis of the arithmetic means of the measured IQs of neighboring ...


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The haircut itself is called the 'Dear leader haircut' and is one of a small number of styles men can choose from. wantchinatimes.com Male university students in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un, it is reported. The state-sanctioned guideline was introduced in the capital Pyongyang about two weeks ago, ...


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Most, if not all, US administrations have received and/or accepted similar offers, through treaties (1985-12-12, NK accedes to the NPT), directly (1994-06-15, Jimmy Carter brokers a deal to freeze NK nuclear weapons program), with third parties (2000-07-19, agreement with Russia to halt NK missile program / 2002-09-17, agreement with Japan to indefinitely ...


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I won't address US defensive capabilities or attempt to conclusively answer the question, but here is some of the key information one would have to consider on the North Korean side. From a 2015 article on Ars Technica: On February 7, the North Korean government's official news service published images of the test-firing of new homegrown anti-ship ...


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Disclaimer: I don't like answering my own question, so this is marked as community wiki. Feel free to improve. I've found a paper Maintaining a Rogue Military: "North Korea's Military Capabilities and Strategy at the End of the Kim Jong-il Era" by Bruce E. Bechtol Jr., Angelo State University Excerpts seem to partially confirm number of NK SOF: The ...


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