Rollerblading Their Way to War

While the American media beats the war drums, and our citizens panic under a perceived nuclear missile threat, the citizens of Pyongyang, North Korea go on with their lives.

Rollerblading in Pyongyang, North Korea

Girls rollerblading on the banks of the Taedong River.

North Korean Boys in Pyongyang

Boys rollerblading near the Arch of Triumph.

Photos from my March 30th – April 6th 2013 trip to North Korea.

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3 responses

  1. Kathy from Austin

    Actually, I believe the DPRK are beating the war drums. The media here have been fairly quiet and the US administration have not made any formal declarations. On the other hand the North Korean leadership have:

    1. Nullified the armistice;
    2. Issued a deadline of 10 April for evacuation of non-citizens;
    3. Moved 2 missiles to the east and have reportedly loaded them;
    4. Issued a propaganda video of South Korean citizens being killed from a nuclear attack;
    5. Reopened a nuclear plant;

    Etc, etc. Please help me understand how the media reporting the statements of North Korea represent “war drums”. That is a journalists job, and perhaps the leadership should not make so any deranged public pronouncements for the media to report.

    April 7, 2013 at 3:30 am

  2. Michael Bassett

    Kelly, although your points are accurate, they lack a total context of the entire situation and disregard total lack of understanding as to why thy behave this way. When the context takes into account the historical development and worldview of the DPRK people and government, they are rational in their RESPONSES to their perceived US aggression in the same way that we react to our perceived (and irrational) fear of their misunderstood behavior. On a recent trip to DPRK, I spoke to so mid-level leaders in various positions in their regime an understand that they are a reactionary nation who wants peace but can’t get it. US military drills during periods of culturally significant events that are taking place inside DPRK right now are a spit in the eye to them. Media and public bellicose rhetoric also put them on edge and are equally offensive to them. They feel the need to ensure the security of their traumatized-by-near-genocide-war by making any statements that they must to reassure their people that they will take any measures to protect them, but the main point is that they want peace and unification.

    April 7, 2013 at 5:22 am

    • Troy

      I think people forget that this is an annual thing which coincides with the joint military exercises. No one reports about them much so it seems that the DPRK’s rhetoric comes apropos of nothing. It may not seem logical to Western viewers and i’m not going to argue right or wrong, but as Michael says their context and perspective is totally different from ours.

      April 7, 2013 at 9:47 am

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