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(Reuters)   Best Leader surprises the hell out of everyone by ringing in the New Year asking to remarry Worst Korea   (reuters.com) divider line 166
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2012-12-31 11:47:07 PM
"Please join us in absolute poverty. Thanks"
 
2012-12-31 11:53:30 PM
When he means "compromise", he means it like the GOP definition.
 
2012-12-31 11:56:23 PM
Believe it when I see it
 
2012-12-31 11:59:11 PM
Maybe he really wants the best for the North Korean people, if he's been brainwashed into thinking that is his duty, he might annoy all the generals by actually trying to do what is best.
 
2013-01-01 12:01:15 AM
I'm not falling for that Un
 
2013-01-01 12:04:05 AM
Conspicuously absent from Kim's speech was any mention of the nuclear arms program.

That would be because that's the bargaining chip to get aid with.
 
2013-01-01 12:22:56 AM
My baby is being deployed there in February. There shall now be a crisis. Happy farking new year.
 
2013-01-01 12:26:07 AM
Its a step in the right direction.  If I remember correctly he's been educated outside North Korea, and knows what a big beautiful world is out there, and just what a shiathole his own country is.  He's new to the position, and doesn't have as much face to lose as his father did, so this could be the first of many steps towards some sort of peace agreement and moving North Korea out of sanctions.

Regardless of what you think of their government, the people of North Korea deserve a better life.
 
2013-01-01 12:28:02 AM
Here's the full transcript.

http://tinyurl.com/bk4stfo
 
2013-01-01 12:37:19 AM
This deal sounds easier to do than the fiscal cliff deal. I say go for it.
 
2013-01-01 12:38:22 AM
I just realized that Kim Jong-un is younger than me.
 
2013-01-01 12:49:26 AM

violentsalvation: I just realized that Kim Jong-un is younger than me.


I'm not going to be the first to make a Jong-un joke. Unless this counts but I'm not funny.
 
2013-01-01 12:51:42 AM
Through early morning fog I see
visions of the things to be
the pains that are withheld for me
I realize and I can see...

i1079.photobucket.com
That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please...
 
2013-01-01 01:09:36 AM
Those Crazy kids..I wish nothing but the best for them.

/srsly
 
2013-01-01 01:11:11 AM
He can end hostilities by pointing his artillery somewhere else, for starters.
 
2013-01-01 01:11:43 AM
He just wants a new Kia Optima. I bet he saw that commercial with Motley Crue in it and thinks they're some hip new band.
 
2013-01-01 01:12:32 AM
I'm hopefull.
 
2013-01-01 01:14:02 AM
He grew up in Switzerland, and has spent the last year since Papa died consolidating his power.

Let's not reject this out of hand. He may just be feeling secure enough to say "F*ck you, generals, I want to rejoin the rest of the modern world again." Anyway, never mind what we think, what do China and Japan think about this?
 
2013-01-01 01:14:11 AM
It will be awesome if this happens.

But we'll see.
 
2013-01-01 01:14:40 AM
"An important issue in putting an end to the division of the country and achieving its reunification is to remove confrontation between the north and the south," a fat Moe Howard said in the address that appeared to be pre-recorded and was made at an undisclosed location.
 
2013-01-01 01:14:41 AM

ShawnDoc: Its a step in the right direction.  If I remember correctly he's been educated outside North Korea, and knows what a big beautiful world is out there, and just what a shiathole his own country is.  He's new to the position, and doesn't have as much face to lose as his father did, so this could be the first of many steps towards some sort of peace agreement and moving North Korea out of sanctions.

Regardless of what you think of their government, the people of North Korea deserve a better life.


I like your positive outlook.
 
2013-01-01 01:15:01 AM
And to think, I just accidentally married a hooker. I'm not even straight. What was I thinking?
 
2013-01-01 01:16:08 AM
But it's a privilege to be part of Best Korea!

/kinda saw this coming, but not this soon
 
2013-01-01 01:16:16 AM
And this isn't a img1.fark.net?

*looks at other "newsflashes"*

Holy shiat, this site sucks.
 
2013-01-01 01:17:39 AM
And the 2nd Infantry Division can be the best man at the wedding and then finally GTFO of the lives of Korea. Seriously, the cease fire was almost 60 years ago.
 
2013-01-01 01:18:03 AM

way south: He can end hostilities by pointing his artillery somewhere else, for starters.


He might have to point it at China

At which time if he happens to have nukes handy they might actually have to let him pull an East Germany
 
2013-01-01 01:18:59 AM
He must be ronery. So ronery
 
2013-01-01 01:20:27 AM
That's all well and good, but the generals who LIKE the old system may not be as willing to join the 21st century.

But best of luck (not snarky, being serious on this one) to him for trying.
 
2013-01-01 01:20:46 AM

Gyrfalcon: Let's not reject this out of hand. He may just be feeling secure enough to say "F*ck you, generals, I want to rejoin the rest of the modern world again."


If he's serious, I give it three months before he dies in a mysterious accident with no witnesses.
 
2013-01-01 01:21:38 AM

ShawnDoc: Its a step in the right direction.  If I remember correctly he's been educated outside North Korea, and knows what a big beautiful world is out there, and just what a shiathole his own country is.  He's new to the position, and doesn't have as much face to lose as his father did, so this could be the first of many steps towards some sort of peace agreement and moving North Korea out of sanctions.

Regardless of what you think of their government, the people of North Korea deserve a better life.


+1

Perhaps he is genuinely trying to look out for the future of his people, or perhaps he is starting to pay attention to what's been happening to many of the unloved Middle Eastern dictators in the past couple of years.

Either way, if it actually leads to North Korea joining the modern world it's a good thing.
 
2013-01-01 01:23:50 AM
Holy crap!
It's a trap!
 
2013-01-01 01:24:22 AM

NecoConeco: Here's the full transcript.

http://tinyurl.com/bk4stfo


Reading that, it sounds like he wants reunification by the south embracing Juche. Which would be the same crap that's come out of the north for 60 years. One Korea has always been the North's vision.
 
2013-01-01 01:24:33 AM

ArcadianRefugee: And this isn't a [img1.fark.net image 54x11]?

*looks at other "newsflashes"*

Holy shiat, this site sucks.


Yeah, as a long time user, it's definitely gone downhill in the last two or three years. The moderation isn't that good, and it's cheaper to go to reddit than to buy totalfark.
 
2013-01-01 01:26:34 AM

MorrisBird: My baby is being deployed there in February. There shall now be a crisis. Happy farking new year.


They deploy babies now?
 
2013-01-01 01:28:17 AM

Mazzic518: They deploy babies now?


i32.tinypic.com
 
2013-01-01 01:29:42 AM
I want' to believe, Dude Jong-un, but Best Korea's track record with clear and honest communication isn't all that I'd hope it to be. How about if you start with free, unfiltered, universal internet access for all your citizens? Let them see what the real world is like. In exchange, we'll airlift in buttloads of food and medicine. Full minds and full tummies are a good starting point.
 
2013-01-01 01:29:57 AM

Yoyo: Seriously, the cease fire was almost 60 years ago.


Cease Fire. Not peace treaty. Technically, the North and South are still at war, and it marks the longest official conflict that the United States has ever been in, the GWOT being the second longest followed by Vietnam.
 
2013-01-01 01:31:26 AM

bmihura: I like your positive outlook.


Thanks.  Just look at Burma and the progress they made in just two years.  If you'd asked me 3 years ago if they'd change during my lifetime without a full scale civil war or western involvement, I'd have said you were crazy.  They've still got a long ways to go, but the developments have been very positive.

You've got a brand new leader in North Korea, he's got his country making peace noises for the first time ever, and my guess is provided he can avoid a coup and keep a hold on power, he just might be serious about making things better for his people and international relations in general.
 
2013-01-01 01:32:10 AM
IIRC he was educated in Switzerland and knows damned well what the rest of the world is like.

I am hoping that he will somehow find a way to bring best Korea out of their tailspin and let them rejoin the rest of the world.

I just wonder how much power he actually has, and how much influence the old school generals and officials have over policy.
 
2013-01-01 01:34:21 AM
I live in South Korea, so the transcript is blocked. Can I get a copy paste up in here?
 
2013-01-01 01:35:05 AM
So, let me get this straight... if he pulls this off he gets the Nobel Peace Prize, becomes a national hero in the North and South of, well... Korea, and can probably get hisself get elected legitimately for anything even if he starts off as fat as President Taft was when he took office. Would being educated in Europe make that kind of thing an interesting prospect?
 
2013-01-01 01:36:02 AM

pvrhye: I live in South Korea, so the transcript is blocked. Can I get a copy paste up in here?


Well, do you remember all those artillery cannons they have aimed at Seoul?
 
2013-01-01 01:39:26 AM

TuteTibiImperes: +1

Perhaps he is genuinely trying to look out for the future of his people, or perhaps he is starting to pay attention to what's been happening to many of the unloved Middle Eastern dictators in the past couple of years.

Either way, if it actually leads to North Korea joining the modern world it's a good thing.


I think its going to be a slow process though.  He's got to keep the military on his side, and the culture has had half of century of being told how evil the rest of the world was, and how great their country is.  Even without worrying about the military, managing the public's views on the rest of the world along with the realizations that all the "western propaganda" was actually true, and their government has been lying to them for so long is going to be real risky.
 
2013-01-01 01:40:14 AM
(Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for an end to confrontation between the two Koreas, technically still at war in the absence of a peace treaty to end their 1950-53 conflict, in a surprise New Year speech broadcast on state media.

The address by Kim, who took over power in the reclusive state after his father, Kim Jong-il, died in 2011, appeared to take the place of the policy-setting New Year editorial published in leading state newspapers.

Impoverished North Korea raised tensions in the region by launching a long-range rocket in December that it said was aimed at putting a scientific satellite in orbit, drawing international condemnation.

North Korea, which considers North and South as one country, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is banned from testing missile or nuclear technology under U.N. sanctions imposed after its 2006 and 2009 nuclear weapons tests.

"An important issue in putting an end to the division of the country and achieving its reunification is to remove confrontation between the north and the south," Kim said in the address that appeared to be pre-recorded and was made at an undisclosed location.

"The past records of inter-Korean relations show that confrontation between fellow countrymen leads to nothing but war."

The New Year address was the first in 19 years by a North Korean leader after the death of Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-un's grandfather. Kim Jong-il rarely spoke in public and disclosed his national policy agenda in editorials in state newspapers.

The two Koreas have seen tensions rise to the highest level in decades after the North bombed a Southern island in 2010 killing two civilians and two soldiers.

The sinking of a South Korean navy ship earlier that year was blamed on the North but Pyongyang has denied it and accused Seoul of waging a smear campaign against its leadership.

Last month, South Korea elected as president Park Geun-hye, a conservative daughter of assassinated military ruler Park Chung-hee whom Kim Il-sung had tried to kill at the height of their Cold War confrontation.

Park has vowed to pursue engagement with the North and called for dialogue to build confidence but has demanded that Pyongyang abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions, something it is unlikely to do.

Conspicuously absent from Kim's speech was any mention of the nuclear arms program.

(Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Nick Macfie)
 
2013-01-01 01:40:31 AM

cman: When he means "compromise", he means it like the GOP definition.


That's..... just beautiful man!
 
2013-01-01 01:41:05 AM

MorrisBird: My baby is being deployed there in February. There shall now be a crisis. Happy farking new year.


Many babies have been deployed here. Tell him to go to the Imjin Pub, we'll take care of him.
 
2013-01-01 01:42:48 AM
From the speach : "An important issue in putting an end to the division of the country and achieving its reunification is to remove confrontation between the north and the south,"

Ending the division places the country under rule of one form of government or the other. I doubt that he and his team are planning on handing over the reins to Seoul to run that which was formerly theirs.

Also : "The past records of inter-Korean relations show that confrontation between fellow countrymen leads to nothing but war."

That sounds vaguely like a threat.
 
2013-01-01 01:43:26 AM

Wakosane: ArcadianRefugee: And this isn't a [img1.fark.net image 54x11]?

*looks at other "newsflashes"*

Holy shiat, this site sucks.

Yeah, as a long time user, it's definitely gone downhill in the last two or three years. The moderation isn't that good, and it's cheaper to go to reddit than to buy totalfark.


The commentary at reddit sucks, and is what keeps me here.
 
2013-01-01 01:44:45 AM
 
2013-01-01 01:44:59 AM
IF dude is smart, he'll actually do this.

IF.

He would be THE MAN!

Like Gorbachev. Only fatter.
 
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