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How North Korea Makes Money

March 5, 2020


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of documentaries and get access to our new streaming service, Nebula, at no extra cost. About a three-hour drive from North Korea’s
capital, Pyongyang, lies what might be the world’s most isolated ski resort. Masik Pass offers 11 runs and 4 lifts, plus
a gear rental shop. The attached luxury hotel features 120 rooms,
complete with a swimming pool, sauna, bar, and karaoke room. Snowmobiles were imported from China and chairlifts
from Austria, after a Swiss company refused to sell them, which North Korea called a “serious
human rights abuse”. The resort has four and a half stars on Trip
Advisor from genuine, happy tourists. The majority of its visitors, however, come
from within North Korea. While the country is almost exclusively portrayed
as a poor, starved relic of the past, recent reports from defectors have begun to paint
a much more nuanced picture. In reality, Pyongyang cafes are filled with
patrons reading from tablets and teenagers making phone calls, some driving BMWs and
Mercedes. The key to understanding who is really in
charge, whether a revolution will ever occur, and what daily life is like, is to see how
North Korea – both the state and the people within it – make money. After Swiss cheese, bad haircuts, and empty
buildings, North Korea is best known for seemingly wanting to end the human race in a giant nuclear
explosion. When Kim Jong-Un finds his country unusually
hungry or one of his yachts, in need of repairs, the country turns into that annoying kid on
the playground who will not shut up until you share your Hot Cheetos. Insults are hurled, threats made, and missiles
launched. Inevitably, the U.S. sees no choice but to
respond, agreeing to ease sanctions or grant food aid in exchange for a return to normalcy. Now, with their mouths freshly fed, Kim and
his compatriots will suddenly turn from murderous dictators to charming, levelheaded, although,
admittedly, stylistically eccentric… diplomats. Then, 6, 12, 18 months later, like clockwork,
we’ll all have Déjà Vu. But while Kim’s seeming obsession with nuclear
toys attracts nearly all the media attention, in reality, it’s just one of many strategies
the world’s most secretive regime has for accomplishing its much larger goal: staying
alive. The fundamental challenge for North Korea
is that it cannot truly, verifiably, and permanently give up its nuclear capabilities without becoming,
at best, irrelevant. At the same time, it cannot truly thrive with
the level of international sanctions that come with threatening to sink an entire U.S.
state. Thus, all three generations of leadership
have been forced to master the art of negotiation: to extract just enough aid to stay afloat
while never actually giving up its one and only source of leverage. Before founding the Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea, Kim Il-Sung was an unlikely leader. Having fought alongside Chinese communists
and later in the Soviet army, the first Kim was well prepared, militarily, but lacked
the more soft skills considered necessary to oversee a communist republic. His education was poor, Korean mediocre, and
understanding of Marxist theory deemed insufficient. Despite this initial hesitation, he was eventually
selected to lead the new state, although, with much oversight. Soviet advisors drafted North Korea’s constitution
and approved all of its major speeches in advance, making it a near-perfect puppet-state,
or, in gentler terms, a “Soviet Satellite Regime”. By the end of the Korean War, Kim Il-Sung
had become a national hero and icon – praise which fueled grander ambitions. His devotion to socialism soon morphed into
a strong sense of nationalism – a desire to be more than Moscow or Beijing’s puppet. Many Soviet officers were purged from government
positions and for several decades, North Korea intentionally positioned itself between the
Soviet Union and China, realizing it could play them off each other. Whatever Moscow gave or promised, Beijing
was sure to match, and then some, and vice versa. Both countries knew they were being played,
of course, but preferred this to the far worse alternative: ceding influence to the other. This dynamic of reluctant support, in fact,
has more or less continued to this day. Conventional wisdom portrays China as North
Korea’s only ally, or even puppet-state. The reality is North Korea hasn’t been a
true puppet-state for many decades, and with China, it has less a marriage and more an
opportunistic relationship. China’s strategic interests overlap with
North Korea’s continued existence, not necessarily success or prosperity. At a base level, what Beijing wants is nothing
– stability. By far, its worst-case scenario is a dissolved
or failed North Korea, after which, up to 25 million, unskilled, culturally dissimilar
refugees will flood into some of its most economically-weak North-Eastern provinces. Even worse would be the accompanying advance
of American forces on China’s doorstep. The North, in other words, acts as a nice
buffer from U.S. troops stationed in the South. As long as the North doesn’t push tensions
too high, China is happy more or less maintaining the status quo. Ideally, it would like to see Kim Jong-Un
follow its own example of economic reform and opening up, making it less dependent on
nuclear threats for survival, and potentially justifying a retreat by American forces. Realistically, though, China also knows its
influence is limited. China is indeed North Korea’s largest trade
partner, by a mile, but it’s easy to overstate the leverage from trade with a country whose
propaganda can offset almost any internal challenge. In simple terms, Beijing could destroy North
Korea – militarily or economically. It almost certainly also has a plan for regime
change should it ever be deemed necessary. What it lacks is the fine-grained ability
to influence it. And because China wants stability first and
foremost, it has no reason, currently, to use its blunt weapon, leaving it with limited
leverage. So while there exists a clear power dynamic
between the two nations, neither is likely to do anything too dramatic. When Kim met with Xi Jinping in 2018, the
supreme leader was seen obediently taking notes while the Chinese president spoke. China has historically condemned its missile
tests and voted in favor of UN sanctions. And yet Xi recently made the first visit to
Pyongyang by a Chinese leader in 14 years. North Korea, for its part, understands the
need to, at a minimum, not anger the closest thing it has to a friend. It’s all too familiar with the cost of losing
an ally. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in
1991, North Korea suffered a devastating famine which ultimately killed somewhere between
200,000 and three million people. Before this, food was distributed via its
Public Distribution System – PDS – which had farmers surrender their harvest to the government,
who then allocated it amongst the population. This model worked well during the 50s, 60s,
and 70s, even making Chinese towns on the border jealous. In the 80s and 90s, however, the system came
violently crashing down. 450 grams of food rations per day in 1994
became 128 grams by 1997. Soon only six percent of the population received
any food from the government who promised to feed it. This, arguably, was the most pivotal moment
in the nation’s history, alongside the deaths of its first two leaders. The PDS has never fully recovered, leaving
most of its 25 million people to fend for themselves. Officially, Capitalism doesn’t exist here
– private property and trade are both highly illegal. In practice, however, it can be seen everywhere
– from those in poverty all the way to the highest levels of the regime. Almost everyone is assigned a government job,
and yet 62% of defectors surveyed in 2010 say they had worked unofficial, gray market
jobs. Married women can register as full-time housewives
rather than work an official job – giving them the freedom to start a private enterprise. Across the country, women can be seen in road-side
markets selling food, and homemade or imported goods like Russian cigarettes and Chinese
beer. Ironically, because of this, women’s rights
are surprisingly strong in North Korea, where they tend to make many multiples of their
husband’s income. As expected, the government is aware of this
illegal activity and could, in theory, eliminate it entirely. But having never recovered from a now-three
decade-old famine, most of the population has come to depend on private markets for
basic survival. Additionally, the majority of this trade is
conducted purely for material, not political, reasons. The poor simply wish to get by and the rich
only seek a more luxurious life – not an end to the regime. So the state simultaneously manages markets
through selective enforcement and also sometimes even encourages it. The “August 3rd Rule”, for example, allows
one to pay a fee and be exempted from official work – essentially profiting from instead
of cracking down on private enterprise. Still, there are limits. North Korean banknotes were ordered to be
exchanged in 2009 with a limit of 100,000 Won per person – wiping out many family savings,
and causing the closest thing North Korea has likely ever seen to a protest. This taught North Koreans not to trust their
own currency. So, today, most unofficial transactions involve
a foreign currency – usually the Chinese Yuan. And just as individuals resort to Capitalism
– so do government committees and departments. For decades, many offices have been given
limited or no resources, forcing them to generate their own. Anyone with any authority, therefore, is likely
to use their influence to start a business, sometimes using the national military as workers. Those who bribe the right people and play
the game well can become fabulously rich – even by international standards. These newly-wealthy families drive luxury
cars, own cell phones, and eat Western food in Pyongyang, which some jokingly refer to
as the “Dubai” of North Korea. In this way, and many others, North Korea
is two very different countries: the North Korea seen by the outside world, and the one
lived by the vast majority of its population. The North Korea of tall buildings and bright
lights you see in tours and pictures, and the one, only minutes away, of sprawling fields
and flickering, if any, electricity. The famous monument to socialism, and the
private shops selling Western clothes only blocks away. And, finally, an unwavering ally, on the surface,
who, in reality, is, at best, ambivalent. For now, the system works. Inevitably, though, someday in the future,
like the Soviet-era machines on which its factories run, North Korea will simply stop
working – for any number of potentially trivial reasons. In truth, it’s remarkable how long it has
worked. But, for the time being, this taped-together,
occasionally-in-need-of-kicking, jury-rigged machine keeps slowly, inefficiently chugging
along. For all of its strangeness, the genius of
North Korea, the reason for its survival – is its relative self-sufficiency. It knows how little say a small nation like
itself has in the larger world. Similarly, I and many of your favorite YouTubers
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100 Comments

  • Reply Zach Wallace February 3, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    How America gets money: I want more money

  • Reply Jimmy Buffét February 3, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    This sounds like a DPRK advertisement. Lol

  • Reply Habit From The Lot February 3, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    This is like a high-school kids report on north korean diplomacy, but where the kid picked a really dumb title. I came here expecting to learn more about the DPRK's program of nationwide international contracting… You can actually hire large sections of the DPRK's manufacturing capacity as an outside investor, its really weird… The whole function of the DPRK's official website is to try to solicit these international manufacturing contracts. Instead, I got a very, very shallow glance at basic north korean geography, and a shallow glance at chinese diplomacy, nothing about how the state itsself generates the backing for the currency, just how your average joe on the street earns and utilizes that currency.

  • Reply Brandon Gates February 4, 2020 at 3:28 am

    What caused the famines? Something must have been responsible for such lower yields. I wonder if the ground was over used and the soil became bad?

  • Reply MrClassiccarenthusia February 4, 2020 at 7:11 am

    *SPOILER: It doesn't actually work.

  • Reply 55knife damage February 4, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    Bro, i respect your work and all that… i bet it's not easy to do, but as a viewer from a country that used to be ruled as Korea does nowadays(poor educational system), i can barely understand what you mean 😀

  • Reply Afterthought February 4, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    How North Korea works

    It doesn't….

  • Reply Jhony Walker February 4, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    why are u talking like that do you always talk like that or did someone die?

  • Reply Mac Banks February 4, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Trick question. They don’t make money. They lose money everyday as Sanctions add up.

  • Reply Prince of Korea February 4, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    This is so unprofessional, shame on you man

  • Reply Wei Lin February 5, 2020 at 6:25 am

    Soviet Union, China, and North Korea is fooled by max, entire communism doesn’t work lol, just like when country are entirely capitalism, people tend to revolution, North Korea should copy China seriously, at least copy South Korea to make itself as entertainment and travel country is better than it current situation.

  • Reply Frank F February 5, 2020 at 9:38 am

    "worked" is used very loosely here…

  • Reply S VTZ February 5, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Make a video how USA imperialism makes money it will be a long material you can make a mini-serries

  • Reply Kim jong un February 5, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    * Won’t sell chair lifts*

    North Korea: Wait that’s illegal

  • Reply Hilt Tilt February 5, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    How I play Sid Meier's Civilization

  • Reply ohiemi obogo February 5, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    North Korea is ahead of the western world in terms of politics. The North Korean know that capitalism will collapse soon, then Pyongyang will become the capital of the civilized world.

  • Reply Đorđe Kozić February 6, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Bias is strong with this one.

  • Reply Dan Mrmota February 6, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    People in North Korea are poor because of US sanctions. Not because they have a crazy leader. We all have one.

  • Reply Girish ks February 6, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Came here thinking this is a serious documentary. This is more like a critical review of the country.

  • Reply Jevon Brown February 7, 2020 at 3:23 am

    This was so PROPAGANDA-Y…this was like listening to a western version of Kim speaking

  • Reply Bryan Dunn February 7, 2020 at 4:07 am

    I wasn’t aware North Korea worked.

  • Reply Kirito Asuna February 7, 2020 at 4:48 am

    See thumbnail “how does North Korea work”
    Me “it doesn’t”

  • Reply kiwitoothpick February 7, 2020 at 5:39 am

    Get money yah yah get money yah yah

  • Reply LJ Farm February 7, 2020 at 9:54 am

    The voice on this almost put me to sleep, fucking boring.

  • Reply Simon Mark Rogers February 7, 2020 at 10:04 am

    So in essence, a parasite 🤔

  • Reply Jonni February 7, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    A country where women are the bread winners.

  • Reply Aurora Wolfe February 8, 2020 at 8:49 am

    Seriously though, I can't wait to see the people overthrow their overfed & psychopathic dictator and then finally North Korea can become a thriving nation just like their neighbor to the south. I hope it happens during our lifetime.

  • Reply タクヤ February 8, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    北朝鮮=犯罪国家
    南朝鮮=犯罪国家
    北朝鮮+南朝鮮=大犯罪国家

  • Reply Vanquish Media February 9, 2020 at 7:12 am

    North Korea is such a disaster of a country. I have allot of sympathy for those poor people.

  • Reply Eric Aurelia February 9, 2020 at 8:38 am

    If you create your own streaming site away from YouTube, what you are actually doing is Socialism – where we try to seclude ourself from the world and its many disadvantages that we suspect it to have, so that we may give the people a better experience from our perspective. Likewise when you create your own streaming site alongside other YouTubers, you are doing it because of a few disadvantages that you and your comrades suspect it to have and in turn make a site that is more better for the sake of society. Yet from the tone of you audio, I catch that you speak against Socialism. Why is that?

  • Reply Alain Guillemette February 9, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    A serious human rights abuse? That sounds like something trump would say

  • Reply Dream February 9, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    This is a very narrow and frankly quite badly informative video. I expected something far more researched, but so be it.

  • Reply WLV C February 9, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    I wonder the reliability of the information and where do the sources come from

  • Reply Guru G February 10, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Why not pay google itself and get everything ad free. ? Why should I pay 20$ and get limited quantity

  • Reply cgarzs February 11, 2020 at 1:57 am

    Paywalled exclusives suck. At the very least you should release them a year or two later on YouTube or something.

  • Reply NAITZAB February 11, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    omfg this is so much bs propaganda watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktE_3PrJZO0&t=5s

  • Reply NAITZAB February 11, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    this is a terrible video with loads of overlooked facts and lies. watch this to get a more nuances picture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktE_3PrJZO0&t=5s

  • Reply Kim Jong Un February 11, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Well how would you feel if you had to walk all the way up a mountain each time you wanted to go skiing?

  • Reply Nami February 12, 2020 at 3:41 am

    Isn't North Korea the same as Ancient Sparta was nothing more than a military Civilization

  • Reply condoro63 February 12, 2020 at 5:22 am

    5 minutes into the video and yet to explain how they make money

  • Reply Mr.NaughtyPants February 12, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Hopefully one day the Korean peninsula will be unified, and North Korea will just be a footnote in history.

  • Reply Amin Samadi February 12, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    What a lying piece of shit.

  • Reply Rick February 13, 2020 at 1:09 am

    Basically, North Korea is a bunch of OPPRESSED people who live by Bernie Sanders’ BELOVED SOCIALIST system, who depend on the government to provide EVERYTHING for them. But it’s also Communist, which Bernie also loves (big controlling government), and Communism often accompanies socialism because there’s NO BETTER WAY to CONTROL the population than with socialism: OBEY, AND WE’LL FEED YOU.
    Even the “wealthy” North Koreans are ONLY wealthy because they SUCK UP to government and they are deemed “worthy” to be provided for, by the government.

  • Reply Michael Pang February 13, 2020 at 2:54 am

    how I can get nebula for under $20 a year?

  • Reply Salty Fish February 13, 2020 at 6:24 am

    So basically North Korea was playing 6D chess all along

  • Reply Operatic February 13, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    The sanctions are clearly the problem, not the economic system. If you have a mountainous country with a poor climate, you simply can't expect it to grow its own food. Many countries are in that position but have the benefit of not being sanctioned so they can freely buy that food on world markets while exporting something else they do have. North Korea doesn't have access to those markets because of the sanctions. Any defence of these sanctions is hypocritical as there are countries with orders of magnitude more nukes and worse human rights abuses. North Korea is being targeted because of its economic system, period. I'm not defending what they've done, it's bad, but it's not UNIQUELY bad. The sanctioning doesn't make capitalism the superior system, just the superior bully.

    I know what people will think of this comment so if I can get one person to read it and consider it objectively, that will be a success.

  • Reply MrJonyyMD February 13, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    You got over 1 mil subscribers, your videos get hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.

    Me and many more rather pay for yt premium a lil bit more than get something cheaper on another platform and limited content.

  • Reply Richard McCaig February 14, 2020 at 12:01 am

    It DOESN'T!!

  • Reply The Nightmare Before you February 14, 2020 at 6:22 am

    You don’t know shit about your topic. Yes they has phones but they can not call out the country and the internet is very limited and it’s not like our internet, you can’t own a computer with first asking and if you get to you have to let the police come check it every 2 months. Ppl who have cars are the ppl at the top. The ppl who don’t work in the government are banned to own or drive a car. Hell they can’t even own a house or land.

  • Reply Henk du Plessis February 14, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    18 reviews form hotel staff and they only got 4.5 stars ?

  • Reply Sa1999 February 14, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    That bit about the country being more liberal is ridiculous!

  • Reply Shahid chaudharyzz February 14, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    North korea should seize to exist

  • Reply nunya beeswax February 15, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Hidden pockets of capitalism throughout the land. Capitalism works" [ it is known by N Korea but un- acknowldeged.& put up with as it feeds the people'] Hmmmmmmmmmm & wow! Thank you….

  • Reply Henry Lu February 16, 2020 at 4:23 am

    Swiss: No.

    North Korea: Thats Human rights abuse!!1!I1ii1i1i1!II!!

  • Reply Benjamin Wood February 16, 2020 at 8:27 am

    somewhere between 200,000 and 3 million?

  • Reply Juan February 16, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    And the free market naturally prevails 🇺🇸

  • Reply Sagitrolling February 16, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    If North Korea is a failing state, why is there a need of troops stationed in South Korea? Do people in South Korea like foreign militaries occupying their country?

  • Reply Cryptoversity February 16, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Funny how all these so called Socialist countries fail or get starved due mainly to sanctions, denying them capitalism, hence, enforcing 100% Socialism against their will.

  • Reply Him February 16, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Why won't Korea completely befriend China

  • Reply Dr. Dahz February 17, 2020 at 3:05 am

    Even in communism there will be capitalism in the shadows keeping it alive on life support

  • Reply 1 wordhere 1wordthere February 17, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    LG Factories do pretty good

  • Reply Na je February 17, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Learning about this strict country is interesting because usually America has raided every country and gentrified it .

  • Reply Moritz K February 17, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    North korea has an embassy in berlin (germany) and builded a hotel on the terrain 😂 the government tried to shut it down, but nothing works

  • Reply Lut3nant Craz0 February 17, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    This one is the yuan one

  • Reply No Thanks February 18, 2020 at 6:48 am

    I'm a South Korean and it is wonder that how westerners are more educated about North Korea then most of South Koreans. South Koreans are very proud people when it comes to Korean history but it never occurs to them this world's most pathetic country is also built by same people. well, self-delusion is a dangerous thing but also very frustrating to watch koreans never quite understood "the game". slave to western political system….

  • Reply Christian Imanuel February 18, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Mediocre content. And you gotta be stay neutral to inform someone, in this video you gone so bias that literally could make other peoples hate towards the nation.
    Or maybe you are just like common ignorant murican.

  • Reply JBDiamondCutter February 18, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    As opposed to countries that don't have nuclear programmes and get "regime changed" by the good ol' US of A

  • Reply Rajkumar Samanta February 18, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    North Korea is way better than USA wants us to think

  • Reply John Anderson February 18, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    He looks like an Asian Winnie the poo

  • Reply Emichuu February 18, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    As soon as "staying alive" was mentioned, all I could think of was their military marching to the Bee Gees song, "Stayin' Alive."
    https://youtu.be/QbC6dLG_dQY

  • Reply Swat Punch!!! February 19, 2020 at 8:14 am

    The same is with China's new pet Pakistan…. Survive on begging…. First from US now from China and a lil from Saudi and turkey….

  • Reply LinkWave February 19, 2020 at 9:26 am

    I'm surprised there was nothing about Cyber crime in this video.

  • Reply Honest Reviewer February 19, 2020 at 11:57 am

    How north korea works:

    It doesn't

  • Reply etienne979 February 19, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Talking about North Korea ways to make money and no mention of Office 39?!?! That's a very weird premiere!!!

  • Reply Red Button February 20, 2020 at 2:50 am

    They are actually pretty smart.. look at other countries without nukes.. they are getting bullied

  • Reply Dogs Sing February 20, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    North Korea is a joke like the rest of the 3rd world Asia

  • Reply Sounds of Katajamäki February 20, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    10:04 The… the what?

  • Reply John A February 20, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    They are landowners to a site at where eons ago a meteor impacted and is the only known deposit on the planet for a very rare mineral that is cruxial to the space industry .
    You see, politics is all bullshit as is big news media.

  • Reply Amanda February 21, 2020 at 9:56 am

    solving hunger with starvation. wow, how genius!

  • Reply Str8 Talk Africa. February 21, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    https://youtu.be/nrMebMd_5jo

  • Reply James Matthews February 21, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    It's easy to forget that during the first years of postwar reconstruction in the 1950s, North Korea actually managed higher economic growth than the South!

  • Reply КГБ February 22, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    It doesn't.

  • Reply Peter Grenier February 23, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    It doesn't

  • Reply Nathan Wilson February 23, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Could we also get a video on North Korean propaganda / media controls in the future? Nifty video though! Jesus Christ be with you friends.😊

  • Reply T G S TT February 24, 2020 at 11:06 am

    West try to make n korea to remote and starve.

  • Reply eXtremeLover1 February 24, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    It is sponsored.That is how.

  • Reply ron donnis February 25, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    i love how capitalist he was making an advert at the end of the video sums up capitalism, subtle, hardly detectable propaganda. capitalists are the most manipulative people.

  • Reply chris jones February 26, 2020 at 2:25 am

    Don't like Kim nor North Korea but expected something less opinative, more fact based

  • Reply The Lighteye February 26, 2020 at 8:42 am

    80% hearsay & opinion against DPRK
    20% facts

    Typical western "know it all" propaganda. Who started the sanction? Who started the demarcation line? Who is still there when the Soviets are already gone, war is over for 70 years yet they remain to "protect" the border??? You greedy hypocrites! Leave Asia! Support local and love your own. Stop minding other country's business

  • Reply Nickolaus February 26, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    “Coursgazangst” 12:04

  • Reply CounterCulture February 26, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Whenever I see stock footage of n Korea all the people are walking or cycling on the pavement while the roads are empty, man I’d be skating the roads (before I’d get shot)

  • Reply Amanda Eastabrooks February 27, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Yeah but who gave the bad review that made it 4.5 stars and are they still alive?

  • Reply mista Inkredible February 27, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    To some extent this is biased and vague

  • Reply Sean & Jane Scheerschmidt February 28, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Is there a review of this video from Michael Malice?

  • Reply Godwin gundimi March 1, 2020 at 6:16 am

    God saves the lost souls,who don't know the salvation,,, meant to know Jesus Christ,,,he is the way ,the truth and Life ,,,if anyone opposing this salvation it's spirit of demon

  • Reply Jeff March 1, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    What China wants: stability and free from American threat.

  • Reply Tjo Wen March 1, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    they have money?

  • Reply James Del Campo March 2, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    This is more opinion than fact. Lame!

  • Reply Leo Borges March 4, 2020 at 2:55 am

    oh wow it doesn't even look like anticommunist propaganda hahahaha

  • Reply Asian Dod March 4, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    When I visited, it was amazing.

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