A Little Deeper Into North Korea

Posted on July 14, 2008

We did an article in March 2008 about VBS.tv and their VICE guide to North Korea, which showed an indepth look into the secret dark world that is North Korea.

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North Korea, the same country that recently shot a female tourist for accidentally crossing into the DMZ zone, has been getting some praise from the US and others for agreeing to reveal their nuclear capabilities.

A Little Deeper Into North Korea pictureCNN caught up with VBS.tv reporter Shane Smith recently to talk about his trip into North Korea and we wanted to make sure anyone who enjoyed the original story got the chance to see it.

Shane talks more about how it was to visit the very reclusive communist country.

Link: CNN Video

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Sun Tzu has spent about 7 years in Asia traveling through Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Korea. A true fan of everything that is weird and strange, he decides in the end what is displayed and published on this site. Sun has previous experience writing for numerous print mags such as XLR8R, URB, and Movement Magazine.
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Pandaranol
Pandaranol

Pandaranol is so fast, he can run around the world and punch himself in the back of the head

Janesa
Janesa

Hey, good to find sonmeoe who agrees with me. GMTA.

Angry man
Angry man

(Shane Smith did a helluva job and I've watched all his videos. He is a very courageous fellow to even consider doing what he did. An incredibly informative series of videos that everyone should see. ) This man has no idea whats realy happening in this country, i went to this country for my work and traveled inside for more then 10 hours to the north and what mr. Smith did did not show the real story

J Williams
J Williams

I love hearing crazy stories about the DPRK. And Now their dear leader Kim Jong Il is being photoshop'd into newly messed up published pictures. He's probably on his death bed.

wobu zhidao
wobu zhidao

Shane Smith did a helluva job and I've watched all his videos. He is a very courageous fellow to even consider doing what he did. An incredibly informative series of videos that everyone should see.

I HATE China
I HATE China

I would like to hear more (much more) from North Korea on the tourist shooting. The South has swept this under the rug and no one is talking about it. Seems to me that with the literacy rate at near 100% in the South, she knew what she was getting into.

K
K

quoting:"Park pushed her way through a wire barrier separating the tourist area from the restricted zone, stated Hyundai Asan, the South Korean company running the resort It was unclear if she knew where she was going. By Kim’s account, soldiers told her to halt, but she ran from them and was then shot." -I don't think that's true, who would be dumb enough to be wondering off like that. I think they can just shoot at people and then cover it up with a dumb story..

Roger
Roger

Lol Purba NEgoro. At least the States does some good in the world. Who is it that donates the most in international disaster relief? Combating AIDS? Disrupting terrorist networks? Get off you high horse. USA has the balls to stand up to what we believe in. Other countries can piss off because you guys do nothing but bitch bitch bitch about the US while contributing nothing in comparison. Ungrateful bastards.

Purba Negoro
Purba Negoro

and of course USAID never *cough, ahem* comes strings attached... just like your Lend-lease war profiteering at the expense of a heroic Britain (fighting while Yanks were busy in bed bank-rolling the Nazis) and Marshall "loans" to Europe...? Did you know only in 2006 did the UK finally pay off it's Lend-Lease "loans" from the US? I quote the hero Sukarno, "USA- go to Hell with your goddamn 'Aid'! "- a year later the CIA snuffed him...

Michael
Michael

Your arguement would carry more weight if the U.S. FORCED people to take aid. Are we to suppose that we swing such a big stick in the U.S. that the rest of the world is at our mercy? There's a reason why people flock to this country of their own free will, by the way. Because things are better here. For lots of reasons. We're not perfect and some people do some things better than us. Our foriegn policy is not perfect and is often bullying.....but no more bullying than any other nation that has the means. And by the way, we have a huge body count from WWII. My grandfather actually fought in WWII. Any suggestion to the contrary that the U.S. didn't carry it's weight or started fighting because of personal gain is too misguided to have a conversation with.

Purba NEgoro
Purba NEgoro

Tourist shot? Atypical Yankee Imperialista Newspeak. Park Wang-ja, 53, left her room at the resort and crossed into a zone where visitors are not allowed, Kim Ho-nyoun stated spokesman for the South Korean Unification Ministry Park pushed her way through a wire barrier separating the tourist area from the restricted zone, stated Hyundai Asan, the South Korean company running the resort It was unclear if she knew where she was going. By Kim's account, soldiers told her to halt, but she ran from them and was then shot. Park's body was handed over to South Korean officials and taken to a hospital in the South Korean port city of Sokcho, Kim said. Spare us your trite "Reds under the Bed" Propaganda, Yank- we know you're the real Satan- with your Halliburton, KBR, Bush, Cheney and our Military Industrial Congressional Complex.

teheh
teheh

Hahahaha!!! You Norks and your internet access! Don't you know you are not allowed to believe in religion? You are not allowed to call someone Satan, your Dear Leader will have you shot! "Our" Military Industrial Complex? Oops! Freudian slip! It is a shame she died, but Korean tourists are always pushing their way through things. I am not sure where they got their sense of entitlement.

Michael
Michael

Shows that many people, especially Shane have no conception of communism. It's not communist, there is no such thing as a communist country. It's not even socialist as a country, they do something called Juche, a personallity cult surounding the leader that has no relevance to anything about communism. I'm mentioning this because a place like North Korea that is very interesting should be studied, not looked down upon and then refered to as communist by people who can almost not even define the idea.

Su
Su

Way to be on the ball on this "breaking news" story CNN. On the other hand, when I first saw these videos months ago I spent the entire time completely transfixed and agog with Shane's footage. At least the CNN clip answered my question about "How do you get away with filming if it's not allowed?" It says a lot about a country's people when you can just say, "Oh, we're just taking still photos." and they believe you. Kudos, on the footage and escaping intact you guys. More evocative than anything I've see brought back by Lisa Ling.

Allen
Allen

wow....that's...messed up!!!

eunn
eunn

she didnt 'accidently' climbed over the fence and crossed into north korea for like more than 1 km annd the guard warned her by shouting and firing gunshot or something but she just kept going if he didnt stop her than he would have to face the consequence

Boinkie
Boinkie

Of course, he could have walked up to her and politely arrested her. I mean, it's not like she was Arnold Schwartzenegger....