North Korea

From self-reliance to self-destruction - North Korea, one of the last outposts of Stalinist communism, has spent much of the past 50 years in isolation as it struggles to become a self-reliant state.

North Korea was born in the unstable time of September 9, 1948 at the end of WWII when Kim Ill-Sung embarked on a nationalistic movement. Neither the Soviet Union nor the United States could bear the Korean peninsula falling into the other's hands. The result, the Korean War which lasted from 1950 to 1953. Since that time, a sort of stasis had set in, until recently.

New advances in missile technology, nuclear capabilities, and a continuing economic crisis in North Korea have raised alarm that the world is entering another period of instability and possible peril.

"To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice." - Confucius

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