• confused

    so the people of NK can have phones?

    dude i am confused! i hear so many different things about this country, i don’t know what to think or believe!

  • shannie4888

    I really hope to see Korea unified one day. It must be difficult to have your biggest enemy be what you once considered your own countrymen. I think it will be difficult, but not impossible. It it ever happens, it would be economically difficult to make N. Korea as modern and developed as S. Korea because the North is poverty-stricken.

    If “Arirang” holds a special place in South Korea, then it would in the North as well because the Koreas were still united, although on the verge of breaking apart, when the song really became attached to Korean nationalism. Although, North is probably looking to provoke the South with the name “Arirang” because that’s what they do.

    Either way, I have to ask the same question as the first commenter: Can regular folks in the North have access to a smart phone? Or is it only developed for a privileged few? This place isn’t called the hermit kingdom for nothing. We only hear a little of what they want us to hear about the country, and most of it fits into 3 categories: terrifying, confusing, or conflicting. This newly developed smartphone would fit somewhere under the last two categories.

    • confused

      oh thanks!!
      that’s exactly what i meant!
      you just put it MUCH better then me!

  • gillz

    Knock off kpop group, hermit kingdom….this article was very informative & definitely ended with some comedy.

  • Guest

    “Early in the twentieth century, the unified Korean peninsula was threatened by the rapidly increasing aggression of the Japanese Empire leading up to World War II. During the war, Korea was quickly conquered by Japan.”

    NO. Korea was colonized by Japan in 1910. It was not invaded and conquered by Japan during World War Two. By the 1930s Korea has already been a colony of Japan for almost 20 years.

    • Guest

      *OVER 20 years I meant.

  • Guest

    the author should change the bit about japan and korea during the first half of the 20th century. korea was not just invaded and occupied for a few years. korea was invaded and colonized by japan for over 30 years and during that time not only did they do the well known crimes of rape and murder, they also tried to erase korean culture (some examples are forbidding koreans to speak or learn korean and forcing koreans to take on japanese names). the japanese considered koreans inferior to themselves and gave koreans few political rights.