Starving North Koreans question missile tests: ‘Where did the money come from?’

North Korean state media continues to celebrate the launch of two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July and the nation’s status as a “global rocket power”, although there are growing suggestions that ordinary people are less enthusiastic about the regime’s achievements.

Quoting its network of covert contributors within North Korea, who communicate via mobile phone, the Seoul-based DailyNK news site has reported that ordinary citizens are asking – albeit quietly – how Kim Jong-un can afford missiles but continue to ration their food.

  • Amazing that news even gets out of N.K. Apparently via cell phone.

    But was it a good idea for the Telegraph to make that method public? When I worked in Communist countries (very much involved in information dissemination) we never revealed particulars about methods. The Telegraph seems ignorant of the fact that cell phone traffic can be controlled by the Regime — pretty dumb on the part of these journalists to bring it to the Regime’s attention that there’s a security hole in that area by making it public. The N.K. regime already has a reputation for having some of the best spies/hackers in the world re: computer telecommunications, etc. Not to mention the ability to completely control their telcom infrastructure.

    Thanks for the info, Telegraph. But you idiots probably just sent a couple more people to the prison camps.

    • Waffle

      I don’t think you have to worry. That form of communication and info sharing has probably gone by the wayside, so i don’t think that The Telegraph is telling any tales out of school. The dissenters in the Hermit Kingdom have probably reverted to much more primitive methods like birds and/or cats. Much safer, not hackable and in a pinch, tastier;)

      • Hey Waffle! Haven’t been in touch in a while and meant to send you my new e-mail via the fur-ball (although as you know I’m probably the laziest pen-pal in the world — guilty as charged! 🙂 ).

        Anyway, planning on traveling abroad in the fall for an extended period so correspondence with the “civilized world” will be important (I’ll be lucky to find public wifi). I’ll get it to you by then for sure.


        • Waffle

          Promises, promises . . .

    • WalterBannon

      ALL of North Korea IS a prison camp, so not much different.

  • Hard Little Machine

    sounds like something Governor Jerry Brown would do in California, except for ‘missile’ substitute ‘solar power and supertrains’

  • tom_billesley

    Ballistic buddies
    Iran boosts missile program by $500 million in response to sanctions, vows “death to America”. Also increases funding for foreign operations of Revolutionary Guards
    What’s their next move – perhaps sending missiles to Venezuela?

    • WalterBannon

      If the central communist leadership of North Korea were to be taken out that would be an end to communism in North Korea

      No need for any wars with them, just a targeted campaign against their leadership

      China could stop this nonsense if they wanted too.

  • Ron MacDonald

    It is probably the Iranians that are funding and doing these missile tests.

  • WalterBannon

    Look at that picture of thin people as far as the eye can see.

    North Korea should give up on communism and become capitalists by opening a giant fat camp for the obese.

    get thin the North Korean way, by starvation.

    Maybe the North Koreans should also be asking where all the food came from for their leader to get fat while they are starving???

  • Well, I did use quotation marks. A more accurate description would be “the so-called ‘civilized world'”. And no, I’m not going to do something foolish and travel to somewhere like North Korea, or Ontario. 😉

  • Barrington Minge

    Time is slowly catching up on Kim Jong-Fatboy.