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Nine days in North Korea

On the 24th of July I arrived in Pyongyang in a travelling party with five others, including Dr Tim Anderson, lecturer in Political Economy at USyd. At the jet bridge we were greeted by Tammam Suleiman, who used to be the Syrian Ambassador to Australia, but who now serves as the Syrian Ambassador to DPR Korea. What follows is not an academic account that takes into consideration every aspect of the country, but simply what I saw in a thousand words…

North Korea: A Realistic Portrayal Please

The North Korean economy by all accounts is actually quite healthy (despite the sanctions and need to spend heavily on defence). South Korea’s central bank stated recently that the DPRK economy grew by 3.9% in 2016 over the previous year, which is 7.8 times the rate of growth of the population which is going along at 0.5%. In other words, the availability of goods/services is growing much faster than the population…

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