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Friday, April 15, 2016

10 Reasons You Might Want to Leave North Korea

The Case of the Mysterious North Korean Defector

In Monday morning’s news, National Public Radio reported that a colonel from the General Bureau of Reconnaissance, a North Korean spy agency, defected to South Korea. According to the newscaster, the reasons for the colonel’s defection are, at present, “not known.” 

We hate unresolved mysteries and humbly suggest 10 possible reasons for the colonel’s defection, from data at

Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Life expectancy in the North is only 86 percent that of the South, 2013.

2. GDP per capita in the North is only 5 percent that of the South, 2008.

3. Infant mortality in the North is 679 percent that of the South, 2015.

4. Maternal mortality in the North is 322 percent that of the South, 2013.

5. Food consumption in the North was 63 percent that of the South, 2011.

6. Democracy in the South is comparable to Belgium, but non-existent in the North, 2014.

7. Environmental protection in the North lags behind that in the South.

8. Rule of law in the South is on par with Spain; in the North, with Afghanistan, 2014.

9. Internet access in the North is, well…

10. Last, but not least, the colonel’s chance of being murdered was almost six times higher in the North than in the South, including on the orders of this psychopath:

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  • Marian L. Tupy is the editor of and a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity.