Daily NK likewise published in 2015 that the younger generation is more interested in the outside world and that the government is finding it difficult to secure the loyalty of the "jangmadang" (marketplace) generation and promoting the idolization of Kim Jong-un.
Hwang Jang-yop, the highest level North Korean defector, has noted that the country is completely ruled by the sole ideology of the "Great Leader".
This fact appeared in various places around the Internet, but we weren’t able to find an original source for it.
Meanwhile, China has called on all parties in the standoff to stay calm and "stop irritating each other"."We again urge all relevant parties to remain calm and exercise restraint, stop irritating each other, work hard to create an atmosphere for contact and dialogue between all sides, and seek a return to the correct path of dialogue and negotiation as soon as possible,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.Although not officially recognized by the North Korean government, many defectors and Western visitors claim there are often stiff penalties for those who criticize or do not show "proper" respect for the regime.The personality cult began soon after Kim Il-sung took power in 1948, and was greatly expanded after his death in 1994.The DPRK ceased publishing economic performance statistics (Net Material Product-NMP tables) in 1965, and the last state budget was announced for FY 2001 (21,570,800,000 won), but no budget numbers have been reported since, only percentage increases in relevant areas.
Today, the DPRK releases economic data only on rare occasions, but aside from the lack of availability, there are numerous other problems with using the DPRK’s economic data to obtain credible insight into the North Korean economy. North Korean Statistics (Statistics Korea–in Korean only) 3.
As a result, governments, academic organizations, NGOs, think tanks, businesses and journalists compile estimates of North Korea’s economic performance through a variety of innovative techniques. North Korea in the World by the East West Center and the National Committee on North Korea. Information System for Resources of North Korea (I-RENK–in Korean only) 5.
Below I list the most frequently cited sources of North Korean economic statistics. Department of State profile of North Korea (USA) 6.
The US has test-fired a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile from a site in California, the second such launch in a week, amid rising tensions with North Korea.
The unarmed Minuteman 3 missile has a range of around 8,000 miles, putting it within striking distance of Pyongyang. It was the second such launch in seven days from the Central California coastal base. Colonel Chris Moss, Vandenberg’s 30th Space Wing commander, said of the first test launch that it was “an important demonstration of our nation's nuclear deterrent capabilities”.
The Kims have taken these deeply held traditions and removed their spiritual component, replacing them with loyalty to the state and the ruling family in order to control the population.