by Charles Bausman, Russia Insider:
“Those who consider North Korea a backward state somewhere far away in the middle of nowhere, make a big mistake.”
Here is an excellent example of how Russian TV news is sometimes head and shoulders above the mainstream in the US and Europe.
To start with, this report is 12 minutes long – almost unheard of in the US, – in Russia it is very common.
This report is chock-full of fascinating insight, with rare footage you would never see in the West.
It interviews four truly top-notch Russian experts who have spent many years inside N. Korea, and know the country well.
These are clearly serious, experienced people well worth listening to, – 12 minutes well-spent.
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Some interesting points:
The Korean state is 3250 years old.
They had book printing 320 years before Gutenberg.
Luxury jeeps on the streets of Pyongyang suggest the country is not as poor as people say.
Info about and footage of Kim’s pretty, pop-star wife
Russian population centers of Vladivostok and Hassan are a few miles away – if war comes to N. Korea, particularly nuclear war, it will be a disaster for Russia too.
North and South Koreans think of themselves as one nation, one race, and both are fiercely nationalistic and look down on other races. The two countries are much closer emotionally than people in the West realize. Foreigners are enemies in North and South alike.
N. Korea has a complex caste system which is officially supported. It has 51 castes.
N. Korea abandoned Marxism in the 1970s!
Why the energy embargo won’t hurt the North much (they have plenty of coal)
A look inside a typical Korean apartment.
Government decisions are made collectively – it is not an autocracy headed by Kim.
Government and army extremely rational in their behavior.
A very tough, united people prepared to fight for their lives. No 5th column. People trained for nuclear war, not intimidated by it.
N. Korea has diplomatic relations with 161 nations, but not with US.
N. Koreans are ready to fight, and not afraid of war. Impossible to bring this proud people to their knees.
Here’s the full transcript:
And now let’s go back to what was only briefly mentioned earlier— the crisis surrounding North Korea. And, to the sensational words of Putin that, I quote,
“North Koreans will eat grass, but they won’t give up nuclear weapons”.
Putin gives an excellent answer at a recent press conference, demonstrating that he understands Korea much better than the US leadership
However, this is nothing they should be praised for. So, what would a unified and firm response to Pyongyang be, according to France’s young president—Macron? Let’s figure it out.
Fortunately, the missiles of young Marshal Kim Jong-un, as far as we know, aren’t pointed at Russia. But if it all goes wrong on the Korean peninsula, whether the young Marshal attacks the South or the United States starts hunting him, it’ll be bad for us, too.
Vladivostok and the border city of Hassan, located on the Tumen river, is a stone’s throw away. However, at the same time, this proximity allows us to ascertain the mood of North Korea better.
Russia has an embassy there. (the US does not).
From Russia to there, one can take a ferry, a train, and a regular flight. By the way, the Vladivostok-Pyongyang connection is served by a Russian-made aircraft—the Tu-204. There’s one more connection. Our film crew took this flight.
One of my most unexpected impressions is that Pyongyang’s famous traffic police, who, of course, wear the uniform of Stalin’s times, regulate the movement of, as the youth would say, tricked-out jeeps. And, this is in a country which is generally considered to be extremely poor.
Well, it seems that the organization of North Korean society is much more complicated. Now, you will see today’s shots. It’s a familiar picture, of course. Last Saturday, the DPRK celebrated what they call “The Day of the Foundation of the Republic.” Today, we’ll turn to those who weren’t occasional visitors, but saw this all the time, lived there.
In particular, our interlocutor is a Russian doctor, Yuri Belenkov, the personal physician of the founder of the DPRK, Kim Il-sung, the grandfather of the current Marshall—Kim Jong-un.
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