Startling: In image from space, North Korea seemingly disappears

Posted by: ST on February 25, 2014 at 7:09 pm
Kim Jong Un

North Korean ‘leader’ Kim Jong Un.

This depresses me beyond words:

Of the photo, the LA Times reports:

North Korea appears to be missing in an image taken from space.

NASA says of the nighttime image, taken from the International Space Station: “North Korea is almost completely dark compared to neighboring South Korea and China. The darkened land appears as if it were a patch of water joining the Yellow Sea to the Sea of Japan.”

Capital city Pyongyang has a population of more than 3 million, yet is a tiny island of light.

The dictator-ruled nation is in the dark in more ways than one. Electricity is sporadic and unreliable, with those who have it often receiving power only a few hours a day, according to U.S. News & World Report. Citizens struggle with chronic fuel shortages. Most get their fuel for heating and cooking on the black market, Global Post reports, or go out and gather fuel — such as firewood — themselves.

Lisa Ling, a journalist who was imprisoned in North Korea, wrote about the nation and creeping change in 2012 in the L.A. Times. She noted that North Korea was as “isolated and backward” as South Korea was “wired and technologically advanced.” The average North Korean, she said, has no knowledge of YouTube, Facebook or Twitter.

As the article insinuated, where there is no shining light there is no power for the people of North Korea – in more ways than one.

I weep – and pray.

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5 Responses to “Startling: In image from space, North Korea seemingly disappears”


  1. Were we to find ourselves at war with North Korea, bombing them back to the stone age would not make things there much different than they presently are.

    Much condemnation is directed at China for being a supporter of North Korea but that is just their form of cheap insurance that a regime friendly to the US will not be perched on their doorstep.

  2. Dave Dooling says:

    Something a lot of us have known for some time. The ISS picture gives it a much better perspective.

  3. Boris_Badenoff says:

    You might think a country as far advanced as to have nuclear weapons would be able to generate power from at least one nuclear plant, but apparently they could afford only enough material for the weapons project. Or couldn’t afford to build the power plant.

    But this isn’t so new. The stories of people being reduced, during the frequent food shortages, to eating grass and tree bark, were common enough 20 years ago.

    The prison camps are death camps. It’s a slow motion Holocaust against the regime’s own people.

    It should also be noted that China could have toppled the regime in a matter of weeks at any time in the last 40 years or so. All they had to do was close the border. 70% of PRK’s foreign trade comes from China, and nearly all of it that doesn’t require hard currency on the barrel head.

  4. Dana says:

    Y’all completely missed it! This is actually evidence of the brilliance of Kim Jong-un and North Korea’s scientists and engineers, who have come up with a cloaking device that can hide the entire country from the Imperialist US’s space weapons. :)

  5. DamnCat says:

    @ Boris_Badenoff

    They are actually more like slave camps. Generations of prisoners live in the camps. Children born there are born prisoners with no hope of release.