North Korea has been one of the world’s most secretive countries. Its dictatorship doesn’t like people from outside the country going there and finding out what’s going on. If you travel there, a tour guide won’t leave you alone for one second. Also, it doesn’t allow North Koreans to leave the country.
WHEN WAS NORT KOREA CREATED?
North Korea was created in 1948, following the end of World War II, along with another country called South Korea. The political differences between the two rival states led to the outbreak of a war (1950-1953). Since then, North Korea and South Korea have been enemies.
WHO IS IN CHARGE?
Since 1948, North Korea has been ruled by three men from the same family. Kim Il-sung was the country’s first supreme leader, who was in charge until his death in 1994. Control passed next to his son Kim Jong-il, who held power for 17 years. In 2011, North Korea announced Kim Jong-il’s son, Kim Jong-un, as its new leader.
Kim has been trying to build nuclear missiles (powerful bombs that can cause devastating damage) and he spends mostly all the country’s money on the military. That’s why most North Koreans are extremely poor.
TRUMP VS. KIM.
Trump is pissed about it and sent warships and submarines to South Korea, a country which America has supported for a long time, to try to get Kim Jong-un to stop his weapon-building plans.
Last year, they met and tried to reach an agreement. It didn’t work out well and North Korea has continued to test missiles since then. The two countries still sometimes use unfriendly language and insults to each other.
WHAT IS LIFE IN NORTH KOREA?
- All TVs and radios are tuned to state channels and people caught listening to foreign broadcasts face harsh punishments.
- From an early age, North Koreans are taught that their leaders are like all-powerful gods.
- Watch our interview with Nara, who escaped North Korea to live in South Korea:
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