Talk:North Korea

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Rhetoric is verging on silly - or already there. This is a serious article about people in serious trouble:

styles itself ...
megalomaniacal dictator
criticized by people of all political stripes ...
difficulties with food shortages

First two are overblown rhetoric.

Next one is an exaggeration; liberals hardly ever criticize the NK government.

Last one is an understatement.

Please rewrite the intro with a more serious tone. Save breezy for record album reviews. --Ed Poor Talk 23:01, 6 July 2007 (EDT)

No, there are no liberals or conservatives in NK, just Juches. Do your research please.JonM 13:29, 13 February 2012 (EST)

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Defense

Outdated air force is right! That must be the last country on the planet to still have MiG-17s in operational service.--Frey 14:09, 11 October 2008 (EDT)

Most severe dictatorship?

According to what can we rank the severity of dictatorships? Why is it North Korea and not, for example, T├╝rkmenistan? The latter is not a bad candidate for rank #1. Sporean 09:41, 8 April 2010 (EDT)

The old leader is dead

Did you hear that Kim Jong-il died? He died December 17 2011 while boarding a train Ronaldperez <parody removed>

North Korean Military

I wouldn't discount Dr. Kook Jin Moon's remarks entirely, for the sake of what looks like a transcription error from a speech he made. He may have been referring to the SU-25 fighter plane. [1] --Ed Poor Talk 23:18, 3 March 2012 (EST)

I'm sorry Mr. Poor, but it sounds like this guy doesn't know what he's talking about. There is no such thing as an "SU-25 fighter" either. The SU-25 "Frog Foot" is a close air sport attack aircraft and it isn't exactly cutting edge either. It was developed in the 1970s and pales in comparison to the ground pounding A-10, which it tried to counter (note: the Koreans probably got "monkey models" from the Soviets, detuned hunks of junk designed to break even more frequently than the units for the domestic market). The DPRK acquired the fighters this guy refers to in the late 1980s when they were less out of date, not exactly recently. SU-25 aren't much of a threat to a modern air force like they'd face in a conflict with the ROK or the US. They require air superiority to fulfill their mission otherwise they are essentially just target drones for F-22s to blow out of the sky. Tin pot dictators love buying military jets, but that doesn't mean they can put them to good use in a combined arms assault. This isn't to say that the DPRK isn't a threat, but these old Soviet ground attack aircraft aren't part of it. Let's try and use real sources. --CraigF 01:42, 4 March 2012 (EST)
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