The Country Where Big Brother Is Watching
Kim-Jong Il admitted that he had captured eleven Japanese prisoners. For two decades, North Korea insisted that they did nothing of the sort, and Japan (with the exception of the families of the victims) did not believe North Korea to be involved. This announcement tensioned relations between North Korea and Japan. This wasn't the only incident where North Korea revealed something. A refugee brought a phone book to China, which included 24-hour hotlines that citizens could use to sell out the neighbors to the government. In North Korea, privacy is a luxury, and the principal of juche has contributed to their deteriorating financial situation. President Bush also placed North Korea at the top of their "bad guys list."