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Kim Jong-un is the current Supreme Leader of North Korea, and there are several key points about him:

  1. Background: Kim Jong-un was born on January 8, 1984, in Pyongyang, North Korea. He is the third son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and his wife, Ko Yong-hui.

  2. Rise to power: After his father’s death in December 2011, Kim Jong-un was declared the supreme leader of North Korea. He was only 27 years old at the time, and his succession was unexpected.

  3. Political ideology: Kim Jong-un follows the ideology of Juche, which is a blend of Marxism and extreme nationalism. He has also emphasized the importance of developing North Korea’s nuclear capabilities as a means of protecting the country’s sovereignty.

  4. Human rights: North Korea under Kim Jong-un has been widely criticized for its human rights abuses, including forced labor, public executions, and political repression.

  5. Relations with the US: Kim Jong-un has met with US President Donald Trump twice, in 2018 and 2019, to discuss North Korea’s nuclear program. However, no significant progress has been made towards denuclearization.

  6. Personal life: Kim Jong-un is married to Ri Sol-ju and has at least two children. He is known to be a fan of basketball, especially the NBA, and has a close relationship with former NBA player Dennis Rodman.

North Korea’s Secret Slaves: Dollar Heroes│WHY SLAVERY?│(Documentary)

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How does North Korea sell their own people to fund its dangerous regime?

Shrouded in secrecy and notoriously cash-strapped the North Korean regime has resorted to running one of the world’s largest slaving operations – exploiting the profits to fulfill their own agenda. These bonded labourers can be found in Russia, China and dozens of other countries around the world – including EU member states. Featuring undercover footage and powerful testimonials, North Korea’s Secret Slaves: Dollar Heroes reveals the scale and brutality of the operation.

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Dictator’s Dilemma (Full Episode) | North Korea: Inside the Mind of a Dictator

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30 apr. 2022

Examining the mind of Kim Jong Un, we explore the unpredictable leader as he forges a future for his country while maintaining control of its people. An intimate archive takes us inside the Kim family including his ascendant sister, and with an exclusive interview with a duped assassin we learn how Kim arranged the assassination of his half-brother in an audacious airport attack.
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The Great Game (Full Episode) | Inside North Korea

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13 dec. 2020

This is the story of the twists and turns, the great game, that drives the race to end 70 years of hostilities, and a historic summit with North Korea and a US president.
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Hidden cameras expose Kim Jong-un’s clandestine weapon and drugs trade | 60 Minutes Australia

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30 mrt. 2021

Like a petulant child who doesn’t get its way, North Korea likes to throw tantrums. A few days ago the rogue state reminded the world how troublesome it is by launching several short-range missiles in the first weapons tests since President Joe Biden took office, sending a sharp message to the new US administration. But behind the aggression, dictator Kim Jong-un is in serious trouble as his regime teeters on bankruptcy. Tom Steinfort, one of the few western journalists to have reported from the hermit kingdom on multiple occasions, says North Korea desperately needs cash and is willing to do almost anything to get it, even selling weapons and drugs on the black market. Now though, these long-suspected crimes have been fully exposed by the unlikely combination of an extraordinary hidden-camera sting and a heartbroken family determined to get justice for their son, who travelled to North Korea for an adventure holiday but ended up imprisoned and tortured to death.

Kim Jong-un: A European Leader for North Korea? | Secrets of a Supreme Leader | N. Korea Documentary

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4 okt. 2021

He’s the world’s most enigmatic and dangerous dictator, cultivating an air of secrecy around himself and never giving interviews. But what do we really know about Supreme Leader and ’Rocket Man’, Kim Jung Un? Posing as tourists, we travelled to Pyongyang to experience life under his autocracy.

Born the third son, by Kim Jong II’s second wife, Kim Jong-un’s childhood remains somewhat mysterious. When he succeeded his father in 2011, many thought he was too young and weak to take power. They under-estimated him. He soon removed or executed all of the most powerful members of the regime. The most notorious ’elimination’ was the murder of his older half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, in Malaysia.

Back in Pyongyang, Kim Jong Un recently declared that he wants two million foreigners to visit the country each year. But the experience of American tourist and student, Otto Warmbier, is bound to put many off. After being arrested for stealing a propaganda poster and imprisoned for two years, Warmbier died shortly after being returned to America in a coma. According to rumours, he had also tried to access a forbidden floor in the hotel. All over Pyongyang – from the museum of American atrocities to leaders’ statutes in the main square – Kim Jong Un’s propaganda is omnipresent. At the age of 34 – in addition to his career as leader – Kim Jong-un has apparently already taken the time to author a dozen books.

All over the city, people are uniform, synchronised and smiling. But above all, subservient. At all times, North Korea remains a society under control.

Released in 2017.

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Traveling through North Korea | DW Documentary

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10 jul. 2020

This documentary provides a rare glimpse of change in the notoriously closed country. Filmmakers Gregor Möllers and Anne Lewald discretely shot the video on trips to North Korea in 2013 and 2017, when they were not allowed autonomy or spontaneity.
Despite the fact that their itinerary was arranged for them in advance and guides chaperoned them everywhere, the two Berliners found a way to register their impressions. They depict a city lacking authenticity, a country longing for reunification and a people shaped by Juche beliefs and socialist propaganda. In a society steeped in obfuscation and spectacle, where deception is necessary for perception and expression, the filmmakers were forced to play a double role, secretly recording without permission while also genuinely relating to their hosts. By blending travelogue and espionage, A Postcard from Pyongyang captures what happens when you rely solely on what you see, not what you’re told, and reveals a reality Kim Jong-Un’s regime doesn’t want foreigners to see.

Kim Jong-un: A Brighter Future?

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2 sep 2018

1 The REAL North Korea: reporter gives shocking insight into daily life | 60 Minutes Australia

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26 mrt. 2021

After months of negotiations, Nine News correspondent Tom Steinfort was given rare permission to travel to North Korea. There he worryingly discovered a country whose people are ready for conflict, and bizarrely, almost gleeful that a consequence of it could be the end of the world.
For forty years, 60 Minutes have been telling Australians the world’s greatest stories. Tales that changed history, our nation and our lives. Reporters Liz Hayes, Tom Steinfort, Tara Brown, Liam Bartlett and Sarah Abo look past the headlines because there is always a bigger picture. Sundays are for 60 Minutes.

2 The REAL North Korea: reporter gives shocking insight into daily life | 60 Minutes Australia

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1 jan. 2021

Every year, hundreds of people make the perilous journey out of North Korea as they escape from the “hermit kingdom”. 
But the number of defectors has been steadily dropping in recent years, as North Korean authorities have clamped down. 
Ha Jin-woo, a defector who left in 2014, used to help other North Koreans escape. He explains how the route to freedom has become even more arduous. 
Video by Hosu Lee. Voiceover by Laura Bicker.

3 Inside Pyongyang: rare state-guided tour of North Korea | 60 Minutes Australia

21 jan. 2020

North Korea is the world’s last belligerent stronghold for old-style communism. Led by Kim Jong-un, it remains a secretive and seemingly trigger-happy regime that makes it next to impossible for western media outlets to visit. Subscribe here: Full Episodes here Correspondent Tom Steinfort was invited inside North Korea for a rare state guided tour of this bizarre state. He was tracked, watched, and likely listened to, as he was given the propaganda tour, and introduced to dozens of “happy” North Koreans. All the while, a strange foreigner did his best to sell the “benefits” of North Korea. 60 Minutes Australia (2015)
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4 What happened to Otto Warmbier in North Korea? | DW Documentary

27 nov. 2020

US student Otto Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in a North Korean labor camp in 2016. Warmbier was released the following year, but he died of brain damage shortly after his return to the United States. Was he really the victim of torture?

Otto Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years hard labor in 2016 after being convicted of attempting to steal a propaganda poster during a trip to Pyongyang. Just over a year on he was dead, having been sent home to the US in a vegetative state. US President Donald Trump tweeted that he had been “tortured beyond belief ” in North Korea. The US president blamed both the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the Obama administration for Warmbier’s death – and Trump appeared before the media with the student’s parents. This was at the peak of the North Korean missile crisis. Later, as relations between Trump and Kim Jong Un became warmer, the US president changed his tune. In 2019 Trump said that he believed that Kim did not know what happened to the US student much to the consternation of Warmbier’s parents.

What really happened to Otto Warmbier in North Korea? Veteran foreign correspondent Klaus Scherer sets out to try to find out. In the documentary, Scherer interviews a number of people with knowledge of the case who have been largely unheard up to now. He shows that a US court investigating a liability case against North Korea brought by Warmbier’s parents also ignored important witnesses, who continue to cast doubt on the torture allegations. These include the coroner in Cincinnati who examined Warmbier’s body. She believes that the account given by North Korean doctors is credible. They claim that Warmbier had inadvertently been given too high a dose of sedatives by prison staff. This, the medics say was the cause of his state of unresponsive wakefulness. Could Trump’s initial torture charges simply have been motivated by political opportunism?


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5 Bureau 39: Cash for Kim (Part 1) | People and Power

24 sep. 2020

6 Bureau 39: Cash for Kim (Part 2) | People and Power

1 okt. 2020

How is it possible that North Korea, one of the poorest countries on earth, manages to finance a nuclear weapons programme? 
The answer is through Bureau 39, a secretive organisation hidden deep inside the government apparatus. Its aim is to procure foreign exchange, by any means possible, to fund Kim Jong Un’s regime. 
From printing counterfeit dollars and profiting from slave labour sent overseas, to illegally selling arms, committing insurance fraud and widespread computer hacking, the inventiveness of North Korea’s sanction busters knows no bounds. 
In this two-part investigation, filmmakers Sebastian Weis and Carl Gierstorfer gain remarkable access to whistleblowers previously involved in these activities. They reveal how for decades North Korea has been circumventing UN sanctions to finance its nuclear arsenal and how Kim’s money men have repeatedly managed to outwit the West.

7 Kim’s Cash Flow: The Brutal Money System of North Korea | ENDEVR Documentary

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27 nov 2022

Kim’s Cash Flow: The Brutal Money System of North Korea | Bureau 39 | ENDEVR Documentary

How is it possible that North Korea, one of the poorest countries on earth finances a nuclear weapons programme large enough to challenge the USA? The answer: Bureau 39, a legendary organization nestled deep inside the government apparatus. Its aim is to procure foreign exchange by any means possible to provide Kim Jong-un’s regime with money.

Printing dollars, dealing drugs, smuggling arms, insurance fraud, human trafficking – nothing is too unscrupulous for North Korea’s money makers.

Years of research have given us unique access to insiders. They reveal the most spectacular cases and breath-taking tricks of how North Korea has been circumventing UN sanctions to finance its nuclear arsenal for decades.

17 jan. 2019

One man was sent to a construction site in Kuwait. 
Another went to work in a bank in Singapore. 
Over the years, an estimated 150,000 North Korean workers have been sent abroad to raise money for the ruling Kim family. 
This film reveals the men and women who help generate billions of dollars for North Korea – from former high-ranking officers to the workers who toil in factories and on construction sites around the world, only to have most of their salaries go directly back to the pariah state. 
101 East meets defectors who say the cash earned overseas goes directly to the Kim family and has helped fund the development of their nuclear missile program. 
A former high-ranking official reveals how former leader Kim Jong-il created ‘Office 39’, which manages thousands of companies and factories overseas and provides half of the country’s gross domestic product. 
That money comes from labourers like Lim II. 
He describes how he worked day and night on a construction site in Kuwait for five months but was never paid any wages. Instead, he says, his salary was sent straight back to Pyongyang. 
Another defector, Kim Kwang-jin, says he made tens of millions of dollars for North Korea when he was sent to Singapore in the early 2000s to work for the country’s North East Asia Bank. 
“Our main goal was to make foreign cash and this foreign cash business is a complete secret,” he says. 
101 East follows the trail of North Korea’s Secret Money.

8 The mystery of North Korean “ghost ships” | Undercover Asia | Full Episode

23 sep. 2019

Uncover hard truths in the underbelly of Asia. Fishing ships from North Korea, discovered with dead bodies onboard, have been washing up on Japan’s shores. We investigate why there has been a spike in the number of these “ghost ships”. 
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9 North Korea’s Secret Ghost Ships | 101 East



Uncover hard truths in the underbelly of Asia.

Fishing ships from North Korea, discovered with dead bodies onboard, have been washing up on Japan’s shores. We investigate why there has been a spike in the number of these “ghost ships”.


12 dec. 2019

A growing number of North Korean fishing boats are washing up on the shores of Japan.

Sometimes there are survivors but often they carry a tragic cargo of corpses from the so-called “Hermit Kingdom”.

Shizuo Sato recalls the day he made a grim discovery on Japan’s west coast.

“We’ve known of many ghost ships found in this area,” he says. “We all thought that if it’s a dead body, it must be a North Korean.”

These mysterious “ghost ships” are a diplomatic, logistical and financial nightmare for Japan, costing millions of dollars in police investigations, clean-up operations and repatriation of survivors and human remains.

In December 2017, eight North Korean fishermen washed up dead on Japan’s Oga peninsula.

The remains of the fishermen are still in limbo. For now, they are being kept at a temple by a local monk, Ryosen Kojima.

“The eight bodies were cremated and the ashes are temporarily kept here,” says Ryosen. “I imagine the crews died with unimaginable fear.”

While analysts debate what the ghost ships may reveal about the secretive nation, in Japan, the shipwrecks remind some of a dark past when North Korean spies abducted Japanese citizens.

“We’ve been warned not to get too close to North Korean ships, as they might do something bad to us,” says Ken Honma, a fisherman who spends nine months of each year in a fishing zone about 500 kilometres (311 miles) from the North Korean port city of Chongjin.

101 East investigates North Korea’s ghost ships.


10 Exclusive: Investigating how North Korean fishermen plunder foreign waters

8 mei 2020

In this exclusive 35-minute documentary, we expose a massive and unknown fish smuggling and supply network in the Pacific Ocean. Every year, an armada of North Korean ghost ships invade the waters of the Russian Far East and Japan. From Vladivostok to North Korea, via China, our reporter Elena Volochine investigated the illegal fishing networks of the world’s most secretive country, North Korea.

11 Abducted By North Korea (North Korea Documentary) | Real Stories

3 feb. 2017

In the 1970s and 80s, hundreds, possibly thousands, of men, women and children were abducted by North Korea’s Secret Service on the orders of Kim Jung II. The majority of these victims came from Japan and South Korea but it’s believed that nationals from at least 11 other countries, including Thailand, Romania, Holland and France were also taken. Some were abducted to teach North Korean spies their language and culture so that their spies could integrate more easily in foreign countries. Others were taken to provide wives for American deserters or North Korean army officers. The fate of most of these hostages is still unknown. Some were held hostage in the totalitarian dictatorship for 40 years before finally being released. Others died or were killed in captivity. However some may still be alive and being held against their will. We investigate the phenomenon of the North Korean abductees.
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12 Inside the secretive state.

8 mei 2013

North Korean defectors take us inside the secretive state. How much do we really know about North Korea?
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13 North Korea’s cinema of dreams 🇰🇵 | 101 East

18 feb. 2011


North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s love of film is well-documented, but few outsiders know that he is revered as a genius of cinema by his own people. 

Now, this groundbreaking film opens a window inside the world’s most secretive country and an elite academy, where young actors are hand-picked to serve a massive propaganda machine. 
Filmmakers Lynn Lee and James Leong spent more than two years on this project, becoming the first foreigners to film inside Pyongyang’s University of Cinematic and Dramatic Arts. 
On this edition of 101 East, we gain a rare insight into the beating heart of North Korea’s extraordinary film industry

14 The North Korean prisoner who escaped with her guard – BBC News

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How a prison guard and a prisoner made their break together from one of the world’s most secretive states.

15 Talking To Someone Who Escaped From North Korea’s Prison Camps

23 aug. 2016

North Korean Camps: The only escapee of North Korea’s most brutal prison camp has lived to tell us a story of unspeakable horror. Starved of food and common humanity, Shin proves that gulags are still a tragic reality.

16 North Korean defectors use their most powerful weapon: The truth

8 mrt. 2018

Some who have fled south have tried to send information back home about life outside the repressive regime.

17 🇰🇵 Thae Yong-ho: Interview with a North Korean defector l 101 East

4 mei 2017

Thae Yong-ho, the former North Korean deputy ambassador to the UK, defected to South Korea with his family in 2016. He remains the highest-ranking diplomat ever to defect from North Korea. 
In an interview with 101 East reporter Mary Ann Jolley in Seoul, he gives rare insights into the inner workings of the Kim Jong-un regime. Thae believes that a people’s revolution will one day bring an end to the Kim family’s dynastic rule. 
The family members of defectors are often targeted by the North Korean regime. 
Thae reveals that he does not know the fate of his siblings. “Even though I am physically and mentally free in South Korea, I still can’t get rid of this nightmare of my family members,” he says.

18 The Defector: Escape From North Korea – Full Feature Documentary

1 nov. 2019

Dragon’s latest job smuggling North Korean defectors across the border takes an unexpected turn when his clients become stranded in China.


7 sep. 2017

I’m just back from North Korea – this is what it’s like. Imagine living like you were on a movie set. Welcome to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. Imagine having to wake up everyday of your life and perform like you are on a movie set and if you don’t – it could mean death?

This is real life North Korea today. I travelled to North Korea and filmed this so you can see what it’s like.


Some of this footage is secretly filmed.

You’ll get an idea of what it is like to travel to the most isolated country in the world. Visiting many places, including the capital Pyongyang and the poor countryside.

Please do not judge the North Korean people in this video. It is impossible to make a fully balanced view of the country by traveling there – on a controlled guided tour. This video is simply presented to give you an indication of my travel experience and my thoughts after returning.

North Korea is a unique, if not slightly weird experience. It was safer than many countries I’ve visited. Hopefully, this will give you another perspective on the DPRK.

Thanks for watching.

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Opening sequence – “Oh The Humanity” Gavin Luke

Kim Il Sung Square Dots: “In It To Win It” Gunnar Johnsen

Contiki Travel: “Drone Alone” Stefan Netsman

CCTV Cameras: “Artificial Dreams” Gavin Luke

Yanggakdo Hotel Arrival: “Contraband” Christian Nanzell

Subway Arrival: “Cardboard Suit” Niklas Ahlstrom

Subway Trip: “Yeah Cool” Martin Veida

Wide Motorways: “Airport Action” Gunnar Johnsen

Chopper Flight: “Air 16” Gunnar Johnsen

End Credits: “Either Or” Kata feat. Filip Le Force

20 Hidden state: Inside North Korea | Fault Lines

21 jan. 2015

Hidden state: Inside North Korea 
The leadership of the most secretive state on the planet changed hands in 2011 when Kim Jong-un became the Supreme Leader of North Korea following the death of his father. 
Kim’s approach to relations with the United States and the international community has been described as erratic. 
Since he came to power, he launched a long-range rocket, carried out a nuclear test and has been accused of orchestrating a cyber attack on Sony Pictures. 
Fault Lines looks at life under the leadership of Kim Jong-un and his relations with the US through on-the-ground access in Pyongyang, exclusive interviews with recent defectors, and insight from experts and scholars. 
Fault Lines gains rare access into North Korea and examines the impact of US policies on the secretive nation.

21 North Korea / The Lies and Truth of Kim Jong Un / How People Live (2019)

4 dec. 2019

North Korea Vlog Episode 1. The lies and truth about Kim Jong-un. See the Real Life in North Korea in my documentary. Are you planning to travel to North Korea? Is it one of the most dangerous countries in the world? In this episode my first visit of North Korea.

Going into this country you must torn all the US labels off and you must register every gadget with the police, which checks all your files by the way. This is the country where villagers drive cars that run on wood and general population dreams of visiting countries like GDR and Czechoslovakia that are non existent for over 30 years now.
This is the country where newspapers write that their Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un can predict the weather. This is the country where you will get a life imprisonment for removing ideology slogans from house walls.

In the first episode eou will see what is North Korea like, how people live in North Korea, first impressions of North Korea, and what difficulties you will face while North Korea travel.

“The People” is Anton Lyadov travel vblog. Anton visits the most uncommon and dangerous places in the world.

22 Escaping from North Korea is Only the Beginning (2007)


7 sep. 2016

Escape from North Korea (2007): So many people have defected from North Korea that the government is now building a wall along the Chinese border. This exclusive report follows one family’s dangerous exodus.
For similar stories, see:
Talking To Someone Who Escaped From North Korea’s Prison Camps…
The School Helping North Korean Emigrants Adjust to Life After Oppression (2010)…
Investigating North Korea’s Secret Labour Camps…

23 Young North Korean Defectors Find New Life In Modern Seoul | NBC News

29 mrt. 2018

For young North Korean defectors, escape from an oppressive regime is only the first hurdle. Next, they must learn to live among people who don’t understand what they’ve gone through in a world that’s far more modern than the one they knew.

24 Life as a North Korean Elite | Former Ambassador Thae Yong-ho | China Uncensored

29 jul. 2019

Life seems good for North Korea’s elite. But just beneath the surface, it’s a nightmare. Thae Yong-ho was a North Korean ambassador. He saw through the lies of the Kim dynasty when he saw the Western world and freedom and democracy. He managed to defect. And now he’s on Kim Jong-Un’s list of people to assassinate. Shelley Zhang sat down with him at the Oslo Freedom Forum to discuss how he broke through the double think and what he’s doing for other North Koreans.

25 What Kim Jong Un lied about / North Korea / How People Live / The People

27 mrt. 2020

North Korea documentary. Episode 2.
An interview with real Koreans, I will show how people escape North Korea through the most protected border in the world, despite the fact that their entire family remaining in the DPRK can be sent to a labor camp. At the same time, who and for what kind of bribes can leave the country legally.
Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un, Kim Il Sung This is second episode of my North Korea vlog, here you will see what is North Korea like, how people live in North Korea, first impressions of North Korea, and what difficulties you will face while North Korea travel.
See the Real Life in North Korea in my documentary. Are you planning to travel to North Korea? Is it one of the most dangerous countries in the world?
Watch more videos from my travels: North Korea. Part I –…

26 Visiting North Korea | DW Documentary

29 dec. 2017

Few tourists manage to peek behind the iron curtain of North Korea’s dictatorship. But the journalist Luca Faccio managed to visit Kim Jong Un’s regime.

Anyone venturing behind the world’s last Iron Curtain into North Korea will experience a very different country to the one we know only through the usual images of rocket launches and mass rallies. The country is ruled by the dictator Kim Jong Un, whom the people worship – or are made to worship – as a god-like father figure. Little is known about daily life in North Korea, because all images that reach the outside world have been censored by the government. Visitors rarely see evidence of oppression, enforced conformity and starvation in the rural population. Still, journalist Luca Faccio is able to offer some interesting insights into the isolated country – although, of course, government watchdogs are on his heels everywhere he goes.

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27 An Inconvenient Border: Where China Meets North Korea | ABC News


26 sep. 2017

Bob Woodruff’s daring 880-mile journey along the China-North Korea border examines the delicate relationship between the two countries and the United States.

28 Reporter granted rare access inside secretive North Korea | 60 Minutes Australia

20 jan. 2020

After months of negotiations, Nine News correspondent Tom Steinfort was given rare permission to travel to North Korea
Full Episodes here
There he worryingly discovered a country whose people are ready for conflict, and bizarrely, almost gleeful that a consequence of it could be the end of the world. 60 Minutes Australia (2017)

29 North Korea – inside the world’s most secretive state | Unreported World

18 nov. 2018

Noth Korea’s Greatest Show: Marcel Theroux gains rare access inside the secretive nation of North Korea to attend the country’s 70th birthday party and see what day to day life is like for North Koreans. The Mass Games focus on reunification with the South and marks a time of change for the country as historic peace talks with the South continue.

30 From North Korea, With Dread

28 nov. 2017

When Nicholas Kristof traveled to the world’s most isolated country, he found a nation furious with Trump, and primed for nuclear war — in kindergartens, amusements parks and the halls of government. North Korea Fires a Ballistic Missile, in a Further Challenge to Trump:

31 What Happens To North Korean Defectors After They Escape


5 aug. 2018

More than 1,000 North Koreans try to escape the country every year. They risk being killed, imprisoned, or trafficked, as they escape through China, Mongolia, and different regions of southeast Asia. This is Yeon Mi Park. She escaped North Korea when she was just 13
years old.

32 We had to LIE to make this video! (myths and legends, DPRK vlog, mass games, pyongyang)

17 dec. 2018


BEFORE leaving aggressive comments, please WATCH the DISCLAIMER:

This video is NOT meant to be a propaganda for the actual regime of the DPRK.
We are NOT communists, nor journalists, we don’t make politics and we just show what a normal tourist can see there!!
Due to the contracts we had to sign we could NOT tell anything about the bad things anyone of you might think happen in this country. Which, even if it might be true, we obviously could not see and therefore confirm.

PLEASE RESTRAIN YOURSELF FROM leaving incriminating comments or accusing us of anything!! DPRK is a heavily controlled country and one can not film or go anywhere he wants. This is all what we could and were allowed to film.

Thank you for watching and respecting our work!

33 My North Korean Holiday (North Korea Documentary) | Real Stories

16 jun. 2018

An unstable Soviet dictatorship, notorious for human rights abuses and known to be developing nuclear weapons, is probably the last place most people want to visit on holiday. But one travel agency, specialising in ‘danger tourism’, regularly organises trips in North Korea for tourists keen to meet ‘the last Soviets’. We join a group of three and travel around the country. Keen to experience first hand the realities of life in a totalitarian state, we even try to escape the official tour guide… Want to watch more full-length Documentaries? Click here:

34 Who Is Kim Jong Un? His Former Teacher Speaks Out | TODAY

11 jun. 2018

With the historic summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un just hours away, NBC’s Keir Simmons gets an exclusive profile of North Korea’s reclusive leader from a former teacher who says Kim was his student for an entire year. “He was a good student but he wasn’t extraordinary,” Michel Riesen says.

35 Inside North Korea – life in the world’s most secretive state

21 jun. 2019

The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hailed the “invincible ties” with China during President Xi Jinping’s two-day state visit. Ahead of the visit, we were allowed in to North Korea, where we were given a highly-controlled tour of the country. We were offered a rare glimpse of life in the secretive state, but seeing is not always believing.

36 Mijn dagelijks leven in Noord Korea (mysterieuze reis van 7 dagen)

1 aug. 2016

UPDATE – Een jaar nadat ik Noord Korea heb bezocht, reisde ik naar Zuid Korea en heb een video vergelijking gemaakt van beide landen.

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Ik was altijd al geïnteresseerd in Noord Korea omdat het een van de meest uniek en mysterieuze landen is van de gehele wereld. Zo ziet mijn dag tot dag leven uit gedurende de 7 dagen verblijf in Noord Korea. Je kunt niet objectief beoordelen of dingen in scene is gezet of niet omdat zij alleen die plekken je laat zien die ze graag willen laten zien. Je mag niet eens aangeven waar je naar toe wilt gaan of wanneer. Zij vertellen je gewoon dat je in de bus moet stappen en vragen je op de locatie weer uit te stappen.

Daarom geef ik geen mening over of iets in scene is gezet of niet, wanneer en of ze juist of fout zijn, eerlijk of juist niet eerlijk zijn. Mijn doel was om het degelijks leven te bekijken en laat jou zelf de conclusie trekken en beoordelen.

Beoordeel Noord Korea niet uitsluitend van wat je hebt gezien in deze video. Dit is was zijn ons hebben laten zien en er zullen redenen zijn waarom ze iets wel en niet laten zien. En zo ook, hoe zij de mensen onder controle houden, kan slecht voor ons in scene zijn gezet.

Mijn favoriete boeken over Noord Korea zijn:
Dear Leader by Jang Jin Sung –;
Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden –;
Nothing To Envy by Barbara Demick –;
1984 by George Orwell (I couldn’t believe how similar some things in North Korea looked to the ones in the book) –

Video’s over Noord Korea:
10 Days in North Korea Documentary:–…
Escape From North Korea TED Talk:…

37 – 9 Secrets Of Life Inside North Korea Revealed In Banned Footage

19 mrt. 2018

Facts and footage showing real life inside North Korea that they don’t want you to know. If it were Kim Jong-Un’s will, the North Korean propaganda photos would be the only ones the outside world would see. But what happens when pictures of North Korea are taken by an independent cameraman? French photographer Eric Lafforgue has visited North Korea six times and secretly taken illegal photos inside North Korea. However, the regime discovered him sharing his photos and original footage online and banned him from crossing the border ever again. Which secrets of North Korea and Pyongyang did Eric reveal that led to him being so unwelcome?

38 Top 10 Ridiculous Facts About North Korea

8 jan. 2018

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The Democratic People’s Public of Korea sure can be an interesting place. From fake towns, to unicorn lairs, to their own version of Godzilla, North Korea is the source of lots of strange trivia. WatchMojo counts down 10 insane facts about North Korea.

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39 – 10 Hilarious Threats Made by North Korea

23 mei 2017

From the hysterically funny to the downright frightening, North Korea has threatened a lot of countries and individuals over the years. So we’ve decided to find the 10 most hilarious threats made by the Hermit State.

40 – 50 Insane Facts About North Korea You Didn’t Know

2 jan. 2019

These 50 insane facts about North Korea are something you need to see to believe! You’ve probably already seen our first episode, 50 insane facts about North Korea. Did you think we were done? Not even remotely, this is after all the number one mass producer of crazy in the world we’re talking about, there’s always something new and most likely insane to learn about the hermit kingdom. And with Dear Leader Kim and President Twitter Fingers potentially at each other’s throats again, we might as well learn as much as we can about North Korea before the nukes get us all. Hello and welcome to another episode of The Infographics Show- today we’re taking a look at 50 even more insane facts about North Korea.

41 A Day in the Life of North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un

31 okt. 2018

What does Kim Jong Un live like? What does he do on daily basis?

Even though it has been 7 years since he assumed power, Kim Jong-un remains an enigmatic figure. In North Korea, he is revered as almost godlike thanks to the state ideology of juche. That’s what we’ll find out, in this episode of The Infographics Show, “What Kim Jong-un does in his daily life.”

Because North Korea is a closed society, information about Kim Jong-un’s whereabouts is tightly controlled. What we know about his daily life is pieced together from North Korea’s state-run media and from accounts of people who know him personally. Some aspects of his life are kept secret, but others have been widely publicized.

As the “Supreme Leader” of North Korea, Kim Jong-un must devote part of his day to running his country. Nearly every day, he makes official visits to places throughout North Korea, including factories, farms, and construction sites. Reports of these visits are posted online in a special “Supreme Leader Activities” section of Rodong Sinmun, the state newspaper of North Korea.

42 This Is What It’s Like Inside North Korea’s Luxury Ski Resort | Short Film Showcase

6 aug. 2017

Get a glimpse of what life is like in North Korea, a country rarely seen by foreigners. Britain’s fastest snowboarder Jamie Barrow is our guide around the DPRK’s capital city Pyongyang before he heads up to the slopes of Masikryong

43 How Kim Jong-un Gets His $500,000 Mercedes | Visual Investigations

16 jul. 2019

Kim Jong-un frequently shows off the Mercedes he has obtained in open defiance of U.N. sanctions intended to ban luxury goods from North Korea. Using shipping data, corporate records, satellite imagery and interviews, our investigation tracks the circuitous routes used to import illicit goods.
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44 W5: Inside the secret state of North Korea

14 okt. 2018

W5 is given rare access inside North Korea, the world’s most secretive and dangerous country. As Avery Haines reports, you might not want to believe everything you see when touring the capital of the Hermit Kingdom.

45 Arirang Prime(Ep.281) North Korea’s Denuclearization _ Full Episode

28 jul. 2016

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46 Arirang Special(Ep.370) NORTH KOREA WATCH 2017 _ Full Episode

9 jan. 2017


View North Korea’s tomorrow! North Korea’s provocations, which vary from time to time, are receiving worldwide attention. In particular, when Kim Jong Eun took power, he broke the precedent of the past ten years of nuclear experiments and carried out two nuclear tests in 2016. Even under the intense pressure of the international community, he relentlessly continues on!

Trump, the president elect of the US, ranted and joked towards Kim Jung Eun! Moving past the Obama administration, which is considered passive, what kind of North Korea policy will unfold? Experts say that North Korea is awaiting Trump’s actions. If Trump has a hostile policy toward North Korea Kim Jong Eun wants to be assured of his safety. Will Kim Jong-eun, who is making efforts to sustain economic development, be able to meet with Trump?

“If the meetings between Trump and Kim Jong-un is held, it will bring about a big change in the dynamics of the Korean peninsula”

Despite the United Nations Security Council’s strong and comprehensive sanctions against North Korea, Sino-DPRK trade has continued to increase. What is the reality of the North Korean trade that the Arirang staff members learned by visiting Dandong, China, the city in which Over 70% of Sino-DPRK trade is carried out?

The reality of North Korean soldiers witnessed on the banks of the Yalu River! North Koreans struggling to live under a social system concentrated on nuclear development! In particular, as Kim Jong Eun took power, the punishment for North Korean refugees became even more severe. What will happen to China’s policy toward North Korea in 2017?

“Even within China, the assessment of North Korea is changing.
North Korea is no longer a strategic asset of China! It’s a strategic burden.”

The story of peace on the Korean peninsula, international politics and prospects of North Korea in 2017 by thirty experts on politics, economics, nuclear, and human rights begins.

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47 Exclusive report: Escaping North Korea

9 mrt. 2018

FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7

As Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump surprise the world by agreeing to a historic meeting, we met with North Koreans who have fled the Pyongyang regime. Every year, hundreds of them risk their lives by fleeing the dictatorship. For more than a year, we followed two young women on their voyage to South Korea. They passed through China, then Laos, before finally reaching the safety of the South. FRANCE 24 brings you the story of their risky journey to freedom.
Every year, hundreds of North Koreans risk their lives in a bid to reach China. In the far north on the Chinese border, those who aspire to freedom must attempt to swim through the freezing waters of the Yalu and Tumen rivers to reach the other side. But the few North Koreans who do manage to reach China are soon disappointed.
We followed 23-year-old Mina and 25-year-old Sung Hee for over a year. On arrival in China, they were sold by traffickers and forced into marriage with Chinese peasants. After several years of a miserable existence in a rural province, the two young women decided to flee to South Korea.
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We meet them in Beijing, where they are chaperoned by Kim, another North Korean refugee, who fled the Pyongyang regime in 1999. A South Korean NGO provides them with fake ID documents.
The young women embark on a 4,000 kilometre-long journey by train, bus, car and on foot. The long road to South Korea involves travelling across China to reach Laos, south of the border. Throughout the risky voyage, lasting several days, the two fugitives are terrified they won’t make it to safety.

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48 Celebrity Defector: Speaking out against North Korea

3 sep. 2014

Yeon-mi Park took a long and difficult journey to escape North Korea… now she’s a celebrity in Seoul speaking out against the Kim dynasty’s regime.
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49 My escape from North Korea | Hyeonseo Lee

20 mrt. 2013

As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee thought her country was “the best on the planet.” It wasn’t until the famine of the 90s that she began to wonder. She escaped the country at 14, to begin a life in hiding, as a refugee in China. Hers is a harrowing, personal tale of survival and hope — and a powerful reminder of those who face constant danger, even when the border is far behind.

50 The North Korean TV Star Standing Up To Kim Jong-Un

15 sep. 2014

Celebrity Defector – Yeon-Mi Park: The North Korean defector who’s become a TV Star in South Korea

51 North Korea’s Kim dynasty – BBC Newsnight

12 jun. 2018

Ahead of the historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, John Sweeney profiles the Kim dynasty and speaks to those who experienced the regime first-hand. Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme – with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.


52 The Bizarre Story of Dennis Rodman’s Love for North Korea

53 Why You Should Never Travel to North Korea

16 jul. 2019

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54 Pyongyang calling: we spent a week in North Korea

24 nov. 2018

In rare footage of the North Korean capital, the Guardian gained an insight into what daily life is like for its citizens. Escorted by government minders at all times we were invited to visit a nursery, zoo, swimming pool, funfair, parks, factories, festivals and more, but were left questioning if anything was real. After returning to the UK, Emma Graham-Harrison reflects on what it’s like spending a week immersed in a personality cult

55 Inside North Korea | The Newsmakers

23 apr. 2016

It’s the world’s most closed country, over the last few decades, very few foreigners and even fewer journalists have gained access to North Korea. TRT World’s Imran Garda was invited to visit the so-called hermit kingdom to take part in the Pyongyang marathon and be shown the city’s tourist sites. It’s a country known for its ballistic missile tests, its nuclear capabilities and a well trodden path of sabre rattling. But it’s also a country governed by the Juche ideal of self reliance and a country with enormous national pride. A country of paradoxes, this is ‘The Newsmakers in North Korea.’

56 W5: Inside the secret state of North Korea

14 okt. 2018

W5 is given rare access inside North Korea, the world’s most secretive and dangerous country. As Avery Haines reports, you might not want to believe everything you see when touring the capital of the Hermit Kingdom.

57 The Hermit Kingdom | VICE on HBO

23 feb. 2014

VICE makes history on a trip to North Korea to play hoops and meet with supreme leader Kim Jong-un. With NBA great Dennis Rodman and a trio of Harlem Globetrotters in tow, VICE sent Ryan Duffy to the capital of Pyongyang for a tour of the city, a basketball clinic, an exhibition game, and a first-ever meeting between the leader and an American delegation.

58 North Korea In The Age Of Trump

24 jan. 2020

VICE Media founder Shane Smith has been traveling to North Korea for years, including during some of the most acrimonious periods in its history. Back in 2018, the country was on a charm offensive and appeared to be slowly emerging from its isolation. 
In the wake of a series of inter-Korean summits and the first ever DPRK-U.S. summit, Smith returns to the Korean peninsula to see how Seoul and Pyongyang are reacting to the new détente.

59 🚀 Visit to the Strange Land of North Korea (DPRK)

11 aug. 2017

This is a film about a traveller in the strange land called North Korea or officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Tours to the DPRK are tightly scheduled and normally include a visit to the demilitarised zone, museums and statues to Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, Pyongyang’s amusements parks, chandelier-laden metro system and showcase entertainment facilities such as the Circus and the SchoolChildren’s Palace. In addition to these, I took a flightseeing flight on a Mi-17 helicopter over the DPRK’s capital city of Pyongyang. As well, as my tour was an extended one, it also went the northeast of the DPRK to the tri-country area around the Rason Special Economic Zone where the DPRK, China and Russia conjoin.

The cult of the Kims is perhaps the most extraordinary feature of the DPRK. Images or statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il are found everywhere. These graven images are effectively worshipped. This film shows scenes of the veneration of the Kims (Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il) that were witnessed.

The government guides control both what you can see and also what you can take photographs of. If you take a photograph of the military, construction or something that they feel does not portray the DPRK in a positive light then they force you to delete the photograph. On exiting the country, the border guards also reviewed photographs to see if they conformed to the aforementioned standards. Despite these restrictions, this film contains images that accurately portray the state of the country as I saw it.

— Table of Contents —

00:08 Overview of trip to North Korea (DPRK)
00:52 Beijing International Airport
01:40 Air Koryo to Pyongyang
02:31 US Navy visits the DPRK too
02:49 Pyongyang International Airport
03:13 Traffic policewoman directing traffic
04:09 Map of Pyongyang
04:19 pollution in Pyongyang
05:50 Chollima (mythical flying horse)
06:07 Arch of Triumph
07:04 Traffic policewoman in traffic
08:01 trolley bus ride
09:14 Pyongyang Metro System
11:56 Yanggakdo Hotel
13:19 6AM city wakeup call for Pyongyang
14:12 stockpiling gravel for construction
15:17 women encouraging hard work
16:07 Monument to Party Founding
16:39 Victorious War Museum (Korean War)
21:22 May Day in Moran Hill Park
21:53 Kaeson Youth Park
22:25 Mangyongdae Funfair
24:04 propaganda in Pyongyang
24:35 Mangyongdae Children’s Palace
27:09 helicopter fightseeing over Pyongyang
30:07 Pyongyang Circus Theatre
32:43 Juche Tower
33:30 Kim Il Sung Square
34:20 Grand People’s Study House
35:10 traffic policewoman
35:58 Jang Chon Model Cooperative Farm
37:29 luxury department store
37:58 peasants ploughing with oxen
39:22 Veneration of the giant Kim statues
43:18 Pyongyang at night
45:10 Mirae (Future) Scientists Street
45:48 Science and Technology Centre
47:14 View out over Pyongyang
48:05 Reunification Highway to Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
49:59 Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
52:39 Kaesong
59:00 Tomb of King Kongmin
1:01:10 Sokdamgugok (Sokdam Ravine)
1:01:40 Haeju
1:03:30 Suyangsan Falls
1:04:04 Sariwon
1:06:50 Mt. Jongbang
1:08:33 village visit
1:09:37 model pig farm
1:11:00 Mt. Kuwol
1:09:42 Sinchon Massacre Museum
1:11:39 Nampo
1:12:40 West Sea Barrage
1:15:32 Arch of Reunification
1:15:48 north to Myohyangsan (International Friendship Exhibition)
1:17:40 Myohyangsan
1:18:06 International Friendship Exhibition
1:19:42 Pohyon-sa Korean Buddhist temple
1:21:01 Flying to Rason Special Economic Zone
1:21:22 Ilyushin IL-18 (1968) to Orang
1:22:15 Yombun Revolutionary Site
1:23:12 mushroom farm
1:24:32 Chongjin Russian War Cemetary
1:24:41 Chongjin – veneration of giant Kim statues
1:26:09 Chongjin – school visits
1:27:43 Rason area
1:29:29 Pipha Island
1:29:50 shellfish diver
1:30:23 Rajin garment factory
1:30:56 Port of Rajin
1:31:48 Tri-country region (DPRK-China-Russia)
1:32:27 train to Russia via the Friendship Bridge
1:33:36 Conclusions

60 Shocking Sexual Abuse of North Korean Female Soldiers

15 dec. 2020

61 Life in North Korea DW Documentary

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18 apr. 2021

In première gegaan op 5 mrt 2020

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62 How Kim Jong Un Spends His Billions

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11 jul 2022
How Kim Jong Un Spends His Billions

Despite being a leader of a socialist country like North Korea, Kim Jong Un surely knows how to live large. International experts have estimated that the “dear leader” has approximately 5 billion dollars in foreign bank accounts. However, these are just the accounts various intelligence agencies have found, while rumors spread that his fortune may as well be north of 100 billion. Whatever the exact sum is, Kim Jong Un lives one astonishingly lavish life, and although many of his subjects are constantly starving, the North Korean leader doesn’t shy away from flashing his wealth. Care to learn more about Kim’s ultra-luxurious lifestyle? Well, let’s dive right in.

Thanks For Watching: How Kim Jong Un Spends His Billions

0:00 Intro
0:45 Security
2:10 Watches
3:29 Cars
4:34 Private Jet
5:29 Yacht
6:13 Personal Train
7:27 Private Island
8:41 Expensive Alcohol
9:40 Expensive Dining
10:43 Floating Restaurant
11:38 Ski Resort

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63 How Bad Is Life In North Korea? – North Korea: Desperate Or Deceptive – Politics Documentary

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1 okt 2020

Himel takes an unprecedented tour of hospitals and schools that lack the fundamental basics to provide health care and education and meets a man who escaped from the Gulag to South Korea. The documentary features candid interviews with doctors, teachers, principals and students who talk openly about the terrible problems. The documentary also takes a rare look into the arts and discovers a much more human side of North Korean life. But is North Korea changing out of desperation or deception? While burdened economically, its Gulag prison camps still flourish. It is also arming with nuclear weapons.

64 Change Office Golf Kart Fraud

2 apr. 2011


Girl at change office runs away at the back of a golf kart as people try to change their money. A presentation of the Just For Laughs Gags. The funny hidden camera pranks show for the whole family. Juste pour rire les gags, l’émission de caméra caché la plus comique de la télé!


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