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Old 11-08-2017, 05:06 PM
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North Korea Is No Longer the Hermit Kingdom — but How Long Will China Be Its Lifeline?
By Brook Larmer

Despite the tightening of international sanctions meant to brake the country’s development of nuclear weapons, North Korea generates about a billion dollars in invisible income every year by selling everything from arms and coal to seafood and textiles — and the labor of exported workers...
Kim still wields the instruments of totalitarian power, but he has relaxed the state’s grip on the economy, allowing officials and ordinary citizens greater autonomy to make money and engage in trade, so long as a chunk of the profits flows to Kim’s inner circle. As a result, the North Korean economy grew 3.9 percent last year...

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Old 11-08-2017, 05:08 PM
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Considering this has gone on since 1950 maybe we could try a different course? Make peace instead of conflict on the penninsula.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:36 AM
Location: Columbus, OH
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Sadly, NK will continue to make nuclear weapons. Kim Jong-Un will let his people starve, and use what little money he has to support his lavish lifestyle and fund Nuclear weapon development. Even if China cut off all oil exports to them, NK could still make it's own fuel. With an endless supply of coal, NK can use coal liquefaction and make their own fuel. It's expensive, but they can and would use it.
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