North Korea is in the news again this week for doing more of what they are known so well for: being absolutely cruel and irrationally wicked. 85 year old businessman from South Korea, Merrill Newman, is being held by NK and was forced this week to sign a trumped up “confession” of imagined offenses he had supposed committed against the sinking, isolated fascist nation. US authorities, along with Merrill Newman’s family, are pleading for his release, but as in many other such instances where Americans have been taken by NK into ‘sudden custody’ while traveling there, this many not end well.
Another quite interesting turn of events has also recently come to light regarding the hideous regime which holds the North Korean people in a pervasive grip, always fearing either abuse, torture or death. There is an emerging fast spreading crystal meth epidemic now gripping the country. Spreading North Korean crystal meth use may be the crack in the armor which could bring about a final undoing of the terrible generational regime which has held the fear of death over the North Korean people as a subjugating force since the mid 1950s after the Korean War ended.
Reports coming out of North Korea state that nearly every officer, government official and policeman is strung out on the toxic brain eating concoction which is also known as “ice” – and that nearly 2/3rds of adults in the country have tried [ or may now be using ] it, and may be using regularly. Those kinds of numbers, if they are true, could signal the beginning of the end of a terrible family run dynasty in North Korea which has wrought a horrific legacy of human rights abuses and abject cruelty for more than 4 decades now.
“They’ve been unaware of what they’re taking. They think it’s a nice little pretty pink pill and it’s harmless because it’s a pill and pills are good. So they get into it,” Douglas told VOA. “The same thing could be happening in some markets where you have lower education levels in relation to crystal meth, as well.”
If your police officers, high government officials, and most of your military officers are so addicted to meth they can’t see straight to do their jobs anymore, then someone somewhere with the cunning and wherewithal to do what needs to be done could actually bring down the family dynasty of the latest generation of Jong repression and put an end to the suffering. It’s not out of the question, and it’s not out of reach at this point. A sliver of light has poured through the door.
North Korean travel report: “I asked her if she ever smuggled Ice Drug, as it’s known in the region. “You’re asking the wrong person, this is not my kind of world,” she responded.” Then she paused. “Do you want to buy it from me? Are there people around you who want to buy from me?”
Are there enough clear thinking non-addicted people left in North Korea to pull off a Thai-style “people’s revolution?
If there are, then by all means – make your plans. This is the hour of opportunity for you to make a regime change from within, so that others won’t have to do it from “without” later. Clear your heads, NK revolutionaries. Watch for an opportunity. It sounds like there are not too many sober high officials left anywhere in NK who could stop you.
I’m not kidding about this. God may have just thrown the North Korean people a life raft in the sea of fear, starvation and sudden death in which they are forced to exist under Kim Jong Un. Will there be enough clear headed strong willed and determined people left in the malnourished nation to overthrown Un? Take a peek at what’s happening in Bangkok Thailand.I just wonder …. has the use of “ice” made these people more bold, less afraid to die for freedom? Is that plausible?
I suppose nothing is out of the question. If a drug – let’s say “ice” for example – is mind and mood altering enough, could it become the impetus for removing all fear of consequences, especially if the populace knew there was really nothing left to lose?
- Report claims North Korean drug producers are finding a ready market closer to home
- North Korea Review says as many as two-thirds of North Koreans have used methamphetamines
- Author says interviewees told her the border regions of North Korea are awash with drugs
- Interviewees say methamphetamines used as a palliative in lieu of prescription drugs
Hong Kong (CNN) — North Korea’s sanction-hit regime has long been accused of drug trafficking as a source of hard currency, but a new report claims drug producers are finding a ready market closer to home and that as many as two-thirds of North Koreans have used methamphetamines.
According to a report in the Spring 2013 edition of the journal North Korean Review, stricter China border controls have forced methamphetamine producers in the north to seek a local market for “ice” (known locally as “bingdu“).
The report’s co-author, Professor Kim Seok Hyang, of South Korea’s Ewha Woman’s University, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that interviews with North Korean defectors suggested that the country is in the grip of an “ice” plague.
“Some informants are saying almost every adult in North Korea around the China-North Korea border are using methamphetamine,” she said, adding that the drug was often used as a palliative in place of hard-to-obtain prescription medicine.
“Actually, the hospital medical system (has) stopped for such a long time, so they need something to cure their pain … physical pain,” she said. “But once they get addicted to methamphetamine, there’s no way for them to get out of it.”
The North Korean regime releases no official figures on drug addiction and Professor Kim said the scale of the problem could not be statistically verified.
“But almost everybody in my interview is saying so, especially those who left North Korea after 2009,” she told the ABC.
She said that interviewees told her the drug could be ordered casually and easily in restaurants, and that it had become difficult to control since it had become the drug of choice of high-ranking officials and the police.
While readily available, however, informants told her it was still expensive and did not indicate that North Korea had a greater level of disposable income for recreational drug use.
“Using methamphetamine does not mean they have enough money to dispose (of),” Professor Kim said. “They had to get it with all the money they have.”
North Korea has been widely rumored to manufacture high-grade methamphetamine as a state policy for generating hard cash.
Estimates on how much North Korea generates through illegal activities such as arms trades, drug sales and counterfeiting are speculative, but reports say Pyongyang’s shadowy “Room 39” directs illicit trade that generates millions for the nation’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
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