Things North Korea is Number One at: #2 the Most Closed and Secretive Country

Things North Korea is Number One at: #2 the Most Closed and Secretive Country

There are many things at which North Korea is Number One:


1.   It has the greatest wealth inequality in the world.

2.  It is the most closed and secretive country in the world.

3.  It is the most purely Communist/Marxist/Collectivist country in the world.

4.  It is the most anti-American country in the world.

5.  It has the highest percentage of the population, in concentration camp slavery.

6.  It has the highest long-term starvation level, of any country in the world.

7.  It threatens other countries with nuclear war, more than any other country in the world.

8.  It has the greatest amount of physical and mental stunting of children in the world, through malnutrition. North Koreans are 3″ to 6″ shorter than South Koreans.

9.  It is the first country to retrogress into a royal aristocracy in the last 100 years, that has achieved blood line succession to the third generation.

10.  It is the most militaristic country in the world, proud of its “Military First” or Songun policy, which calls for the starvation of lower class peasants, to provide more money for the upper class to buy military weapons.

11.  It has the most extreme personality cult in the world, in which people have been tortured and murdered by the government, for not crying loud enough at a funeral.

Note: The first in this series can be viewed here:


This is the second of a series by AUN-TV that will explore, one by one, these eleven things at which Marxist North Korea excels.

2.   It is the most closed and secretive country in the world.

This aspect of North Korea is not downplayed, unlike some of the others.  North Korea is referred to as the Hermit Kingdom and as the most secretive country in the world, regularly in the press.

The following article by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) does a good job of providing an overview:

Monday, March 17, 2014

By: Nouran Sedaghat

North Korea is one of the most opaque countries in the world. To call it an authoritarian environment would be putting things mildly – The New York Times has gone so far as to declare it the world’s most oppressed nation. The country functions as an insulated microcosmic society that sees power centralized in a single, familial regime. The Kims demonstrate a reluctance to let anything out of their state that is rivaled only by their hesitation to let anyone, or anything, in.

It is unsurprising, then, that the state of free expression in North Korea is nothing short of dismal, earning the country a score of 96 in Freedom House’s annual Report on Press Freedom, where 100 is the worst possible score. The assaults on freedom of expression are vast and varied in the military state, ranging from censorship of the media to suppression of assembly and outright defamation of the foreign press. Most of these violations can be traced back to North Korea’s status as a one-party state as they are typically undertaken in the name of preserving the prestige and power of the Kim family regime.

As Freedom House reports, the regime owns all domestic news outlets, regulating and limiting the flow of information within the country. North Korean journalists all belong to the ruling party and use their position to consolidate national unity around Kim Jong-un, who took over leadership of the state from his late father in December, 2011. Censorship abounds as the regime limits the ability of North Korean citizens to access outside information. As the BBC reports, radio and television sets in North Korea are given to households and pre-tuned to government stations, while radios must be checked by and registered with the police.

Similarly, Internet access is restricted to regime elites and select university students. The state has created its own substitute “intranet” – but even this network is restricted to certain elite grade schools, select research institutions, universities, factories, and privileged individuals. Moreover, the intranet is filtered by the Korea Computer Center, which ensures that only “acceptable” information can be accessed through the network.

Restrictions are also placed on academics and arts within the state – ideological education takes precedence over academic education, and all curricula, plays, movies, and operas center on improving the reputation of the Kim family.

In addition to restricting the activities of citizens in North Korea, the Kim regime takes great pains to restrict the activities of foreign media within the state. Foreign journalists are typically defamed in official North Korean media as liars attempting to destabilize the government. They are also impeded from gathering information. As TIME Magazine notes, foreign journalists are not allowed to have cell phones and GPS devices, and they are discouraged from speaking to citizens, especially where political issues are concerned. Their physical movements are also very strictly curtailed, as they are typically accompanied by a guide at all times and prohibited from visiting the countryside without permission.  Read More:

Why all the secrecy?  It is necessary, just as it was necessary for Hitler’s National Socialists.  Hitler  was able to effectively hide the slave labor concentration camps until the end.  American Papers like the Washington Post and New York Times did not report Hitler’s concentration camps, until after the war was over.

North Korea has a slave labor concentration camp system very much like Hitler’s.   This article goes into detail about it:  They have to keep it secret, even though some information has leaked out about it.

Due to satellite images we can actually see these camps.  Amnesty International has written about the satellite images:  

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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – North Korea’s vast infrastructure of repression is further exposed in new satellite images showing the on-going development of two of the country’s largest political prison camps, Amnesty International said today.

In a comprehensive assessment of camps 15 and 16, known as kwanliso, Amnesty International found new housing blocks, an expansion of production facilities, and continued tight security.

The analysis, along with newly released testimonies, is included in Amnesty International’s latest briefing North Korea: Continued Investment in the Infrastructure of Repression.

A former security official at kwanliso 16 – the largest political prison camp in North Korea – has never spoken publicly before. He describes detainees being forced to dig their own graves and women being raped and then disappearing.

“The gruesome reality of North Korea’s continued investment in this vast network of repression has been exposed,” said Rajiv Narayan, Amnesty International’s East Asia Researcher. “We urge the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all those prisoners of conscience held in political prison camps and close the camps immediately.”

Amnesty International has shared the latest evidence with the U.N. Commission of Inquiry investigating human rights abuses in North Korea.

Hundreds of thousands of people – including children – are detained in political prison camps and other detention facilities in North Korea. Many of those have not committed any crime, but are merely family members of those deemed guilty of serious political crimes. They are detained as a form of collective punishment, “guilt-by-association.”

Kwanliso 16 is approximately 560 km2, three times the size of Washington, D.C. It is one of the least investigated areas in the vast political prison camp system. In 2011, an estimated 20,000 people were believed be imprisoned at kwanliso 16.




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