Just Googled this thread title and read a lot of amazing stuff about North Korea.
Even with some help from South Korea, China and others with fertilizer and food, I’m still bewildered that the country can continue, with major expenditures going to military buildup all these years.
It does not appear as though the nation actually produces anything other than insufficient quantity of farm produce. How can a country continue to function under these circumstances?
Has their currency any value internally, or is most food raised by farmers bartered? Do they have the ability to purchase raw materials from other countries? If so, do they have any manufacturing other than military materiel?
It seems as though nobody really knows what is going on there, yet some North Koreans have been able to leave…have they provided any insight as to what is going on?
As in the Cold War days where there was an interesting contrast between East and West Germany’s economies, it is really sad to see the difference between the living standards in the two Koreas.