Desperate and starving, North Korea may open up for more tourist dollars

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Far away from the global recession and genuine economic uncertainty brought by, arguably, too much globalization; North Korea is convulsing in its own form of cash crunch in utter isolation.

After revaluing its currency late last year (read: chopping off two digits and obliterating what meager savings its people had over the past decades), the mass can no longer smuggle food from China into the North Korean black market, where a large number of people get their foods from.

In a new year message that tried to both assuage its external enemies while placating rising internal dissent, North Korea has promised to work on “food security”.

But facing almost unprecedented protests – which is most likely still very low considering it is North Korea, Dear Leader is getting desperate.

So desperate that it’s willing to open up the country more to tourism, and perhaps not just the tour-group led ones that showcase massively choreographed performances with slogans and cards?

Last year, the country took in 280 US visitors only. But they may very well want to open the door a tad wider, especially if Kim Jong Il’s arms exports continue to get seized.

Collapsed currency, mass starvation, export seizures, and rebuffed by South Korea, Japan, and the US.

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  • jasoncornish

    I have been interested in North Korea for many years, it is the last place on earth where freedom of the people is restricted to the end. The place is what the eastern block countries were 20 years ago, the people are brain washed and under the assumption that the rest of the world live in huge concentration camps. Opening the borders to more visitors sound like a great thing, more money for the country but not the people!. The country needs to speak to all major nations, allow the UN to visit and declare its self as a peaceful state, allow tourists to visit and have freedom to travel within the country. With open borders North Koreas tourist industry would fly, the north Koreans would mostly stay in their place of birth and the country wold be a much happier place. This is my take, I cant wait to travel to the most secretive place on the planet.