The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has developed the “military first” policy, envisaging the whole country as a humongous and coherent military force.

Alexander Pokharov.
There is no Internet, no foreign newspapers, no possibility to dial phone numbers outside the state. But there is no crime, no corruption neither, and they like it as it is, according Alexander Pokharov.

( — April 29, 2017) — The world perceives North Korea as a monster country that needs to be “liberated” from its dictator’s grip. It is the most isolated country without the Internet and foreign newspaper, but with people who sincerely love their supreme leader Kim Jong-un, Russian journalist and writer Alexander Prokhanov explaned.

The North Korean society is unique in the history of mankind. According to Prokhanov, the West has a wrong perception that the scenarios applied in Libya or Iraq could also work in North Korea.

Prokhanov, who is well acquainted with the situation in North Korea, has told Russia 24 there is no society like North Korea. In order to understand problems of modern societies, Prokhanov didn’t go to a western city, packed with supermarkets, museums and tourists, but he has paid a visit to Pyongyang, the capital of infamous North Korea.

“As an investigator, writer and culturologist, I wanted to meet this society and try to understand what Democratic People’s Republic of Korea really is,” Prokhanov said.

While the rest of the planet sees North Korea as a monster dictatorship country, ready to launch nukes and start a third world war, Prokhanov finds the country to have rich cultural and musical heritage, to be rather creative, good in science, and perfectly capable of existing in complete isolation from the rest of the world.

People in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have a very different look at what democracy is from the rest of the world.

“It is a very harsh and strict regime, the regime with many limitations and even I, a man from the former Soviet Union and now the Russian Federation, couldn’t live under such freedomless conditions,” Prokhanov admitted. “There is no Internet in North Korea, no telephone connection with other citizens of the world, there are no foreign papers or magazines, informing is extremely limited,” he revealed.

Prokhanov finds that although it is considered to be a purely communist nation, embracing no religion, the North Korean people are true worshipers of “the Father of the Nation,” Kim Il-sung, whom they refer to as “the Sunshine.” The society unquestionably believes in victory as the North Korean army liberated the country from the Japanese occupation (1910-1945), the Soviet occupation (1945-1950), and also waged the Korean War (1950-1953), which neither side actually won. The fighting ended with the Armistice Agreement.  

Ever since, North Korea has managed to resist and live in isolation. After the end of war conflicts, the US has maintained a strong military presence in the South part of the Korean Peninsula, which is depicted by Pyongyang as an imperialist occupational force. It is why the DPRK has developed the “military first” doctrine that the entire country is one humongous and coherent military force.

In case of an attempted invasion of North Korea, the DPRK Army would ‘swallow’ its southern neighbor, the Republic of Korea, and try to reunite the country under a single roof, Prokhanov said, implying that any potential attacker on North Korea, assuming that the civilians, the regime and the army are three separate entities as is the case in other countries, is going to face a huge surprise.