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Re: NK Today
> >>For a better perspective on this, does anyone know that the North was
>a more developed country than the South in the 50's and 60's? <<
In the 50's & 60s, NK was in ruin. But what I think you are asking is
whether NK or SK was more developed at the beginning of the KW.
The answer is, during Japanese occupation the northern half of Korea
was the industrial area and the south, the agricultural area. Reason
for this was most mineral resources were in the northern half, as well
as areas where hydroelectric power could be developed without
displacing too many people. Thus, with the power and mineral resources,
it follows plants would be built near these.
><<It's true that the South is more developed today, but its income
>gap between the rich and poor is much bigger than the North.
>Those poor South Koreans may feel more miserable than the
>North Koreans psychologically. <<
Nice try, John2, but not even close to a cigar. 95% of North Koreans
live in abject poverty, scratching a bare living from the land or living on
what few tidbits the central government wants to give. It is only those
close to the communist throne who could be considered well off. Don't
take my word for this, read the UN reports.
> >>Remember beauty is in the eyes of beholder? <<
Yep! Especially when seen through rose-colored glasses. <G>
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