President Trump’s historic 20 steps
US president Donald Trump has a way to make news, be it via his controversial statements or funny tweets. Now he has made history by being the first US sitting president to step a foot into North Korea… and not just a foot but 20 steps. He shook hands with the Korean leader Kim Jong Un and both smiled happily for the camera.
You would be wondering what’s the big deal in entering a country. Well, it’s a big deal for many reasons. No American president has done so before, mostly because of tensions between the two countries.
North Korea is an isolated country, cut off from the world with restricted state-controlled internet and media. This means that people watch and read what the government wants them to know. Yes, no Peppa Pig, Tom and Jerry or even X-Men!
Sixty-six years ago, after the end of Korean War, when Korea was divided into South and North Korea, the latter has remained under an authoritarian control (means just one family rules, and there are no real elections).
After the partition, North Korea has been ruled by the Kim family. The first leader of the dynasty was Kim Il-sung who was succeeded by his son Kim Jong-il. After his death in 2011, his son Kim Jong-un is the supreme leader of the country.
The state of North Korea is pretty hostile in a sense that the government does not allow foreign media in the country, and also doesn’t promote tourism. It’s difficult for a common man to leave the country for good.
North Korea has nuclear weapons and it’s important to know that it would use the technology responsibly, for the general welfare and not for war purposes.
Pyongyang, one of North Korea's only cities and the country’s capital, is home to three million people, but only the elite. Only trustworthy, healthy, and loyal citizens can live there.