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North Korea’s official name is
the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)
North Korean Leaders- While Kim Il-sung was elected his son and grandson are considered dictators, which means they were not elected but took control of the country.
Click on link to hear audio pronunciation for Pyongyang at http://www.merriam-webster.com/cgi-bin/audio.pl?pyong01g.wav=Pyongyang
Pyongyang images fromhttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b1/Pyongyang_montage.png
Only the top North Korean leaders have Internet access. Many North Koreans do not even know it exists. Why do you think North Korea bans the Internet from its citizens?
North Koreans are told over and over that their leaders care for them and that they are great leaders. The following was written about Kim Jong-un’s grandfather and father, who were both leaders of North Korea before him.
What part of the U.S. Constitution prevents a person from being grabbed from the street in the U.S.?
North Korea believes in the Juche system. (Pronounced choo-CHAY or click on link to hear http://www.sidekicktaekwondo.com/Juche.wav)
North Korea and the United StatesPresident Bush first calls North Korea part of the “Axis of Evil" in his 2002 State of the Union Address.
From March 2011, U.S. Department of State’s Comment about North Korea
“Despite the tremendous opportunities in Asia that have become part of our popular discourse, one country stands out as an outlier, and in fact an impediment, to the region’s promising future: the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK). The DPRK’s brazen attack on the ROK (Republic of Korea) corvette Cheonan in March of last year, its recent disclosure of a uranium enrichment program, its shelling of Yeonpyong Island that resulted in the tragic loss of South Korean lives, and its ongoing human rights violations underscore the threat that the DPRK’s policies and provocations, including its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and proliferation activities, pose to regional stability and global security.”http://www.state.gov/p/eap/rls/rm/2011/03/157472.htm
Click for video of shelling of Yeonpyong Island http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8WpoCMX60Q&feature=related
Reading for Understanding: What five items did North Korea do that could destabilize the region? What does destabilize mean? What is a corvette? (Hint: it is not a car in this context) How could you find out the meaning of these words? What does provocations mean? What are proliferation activities? What other words are difficult? Look up the definitions of these words and then reread the passage.
Koreans often use the proverb \'when whales fight, the shrimp’s back is broken\' to describe their country’s attack by larger, more powerful neighbors, China and Japan, throughout its history.
The USSR (Russia) arrives from the North to attack the Japanese.The USSR wanted Korea to be a communist country.
The U.S. arrives from the South to attack the Japanese. The U.S. wanted Korea to be a democratic country.
They divided Korea at the 38th Parallel to avoid more fighting.They did not ask the Koreans if they wanted their country divided.
3 minute video about Korean War and DMZ
How would you deal with North Korea if you were the U.S. President?
What do you think could happen? Why?
Pretend you are a member of Congress.
See Columbia University’s Asia for Educators site for more information and lesson plans about Korea’s past and present and other Asian countries. Free classes are offered to teachers in certain States. http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/tps/1950_ko.htm