A New, Highly Detailed Image of North Korea’s (Lack of) Electrical Infrastructure
North Koreans beyond middle age remember well when they had more electricity (and for that matter food) than their pro-American cousins in South Korea, and that compounds the indignity of spending their nights sitting in the dark.
Back in the 1990s, the United States offered to help North Korea with its energy needs if it gave up its nuclear weapons program. But the deal fell apart after the Bush administration accused the North Koreans of reneging on their promises.
North Koreans complain bitterly about the darkness, which they still blame on the U.S. sanctions. They can’t read at night. They can’t watch television. “We have no culture without electricity,” a burly North Korean security guard once told me accusingly.
The Atlantic Cities
December 16, 2014
Congressman Peter King (R., N.Y.) called North Korea an “organized gang of criminals” on Tuesday following reports that the group behind the Sony e-mail hack was threatening a 9/11-style attack at the premiere of The Interview, which is set to open in theaters on December 25.
While the threat has not been officially linked to North Korea, King said it was a “safe assumption” to make.
“As far as I’m concerned, North Korea was an organized crime family disguised as a nation-state,” King said.