North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is known for censoring nearly every piece of information from the outside world with the goal of alienating his people as much as possible. That’s why it came as a surprise this week when a defector revealed that Kim’s control of outside information is weakening.
Conservative Tribune reported that Choi Jeong Hun, who runs the radio station Free North Korea Radio based in Seoul, South Korea, said that an increasing number of people in North Korea are starting to obtain information from the outside world.
“Things have changed within two to five years; information has gone into North Korea and has changed the mindset of the people,” Choi explained. “You now have an entirely different generation in North Korea made up of people who are exposed to outside information when they are really young.”
Defectors working with the South Korean and American governments have been working for years to send information to North Korea to show the people that the rest of the world is not nearly as bad as Kim portrays it to be.
“It’s significant to note that the collapse of a dictatorship often begins when people don’t obey the authorities,” Choi said, referring to a recent incident in which passengers on a train actually stood up to State Security Bureau agents who were “harassing” a mother and her child for not having the correct papers.
The ultimate goal of this is that if military officers in North Korea see how they have been lied to, when the time comes they will lay down their weapons and surrender peacefully in a confrontation with the West.
“If we establish a wide network inside the military, then it would create a huge change. This will basically dissolve the military system that supports the North Korean regime,” Choi explained.
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