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I don't full understand this whole North/South Korea thing - can someone explain it to me?

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KenAdams Wed 03-Apr-13 19:30:09

And why have America got involved. And what is the big deal about Chinas position?

I feel very thick blush

CheerfulYank Fri 05-Apr-13 18:44:59

Maybe people would be glad. But then it'd be "oh those ham fisted war mongering Americans" again.

And those oppressed innocent people bombed to smithereens.

harbinger Fri 05-Apr-13 19:03:01

From what I can gather Kim Jong il had three sons, with Kim Jong Un the youngest. Son Number One showed some gumption, went AWOL and does not live in NK. He has a son that seems to see NK's drawbacks.
Son number two still seems to be in NK.

I suspect that Kim Jong Un has internal power struggles with his generals.

Goading from brother number one? Brother two ?

niceguy2 Fri 05-Apr-13 19:14:05

The most likely is that the general's are the real power in NK and the 30yr old is a mere figurehead/mascot/puppet/scapegoat.

I suspect the generals are manipulating him like mad.

NicholasTeakozy Fri 05-Apr-13 21:13:25

Article on RT's website on how the US want to take South Korea into a war with the North.

Apologies for the link, for some reason I can only get on RT via the ixquick proxy. hmm

grimbletart Fri 05-Apr-13 21:28:24

I see China is moving a lot of troops up to the N. Korean border - probably to stop an influx of Korean refugees if the balloon goes up, or maybe to intervene....

If this basket case of a country did attack S Korea and the US stepped in as a result, what would China do.......? On the one hand it is clearly royally pissed off with its mad neighbour. On the other it is N Korea's backer.

harbinger Fri 05-Apr-13 21:35:12

There have been photos of KJU holding a gun.

Is the gun American?

lottieandmia Fri 05-Apr-13 22:00:09

Neither the UK nor Russia is planning to evacuate their embassies at this point according to the news.

KenAdams Wed 17-Apr-13 15:57:55

Just wanted to update as I'm halfway through the book now. You were right, it's fascinating. I genuinely didn't realise they were so oppressed. Very interesting.

quoteunquote Wed 17-Apr-13 16:03:37

it is a real insight to how this is happening, just wait until you get to the end.

AnneEyhtMeyer Wed 17-Apr-13 19:57:48

I'm half way through the book too. It is shocking.

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