April 13th, 2012
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(CNN) – The cost of Friday’s failed rocket launch by North Korea is estimated by South Korean intelligence officials at $850 million – nearly enough to feed about 80% of the population of the impoverished nation for a year.

The launch site cost $400 million and the rocket and payload cost an additional $450 million, a military official told Yonhap, South Korea’s state-affiliated news agency. Yonhap says the cash could feed 19 million for a year. North Korea has a population of 24.3 million in 2010, according to the World Bank.

"North Korea has suffered a deficit of 400,000 tons of food every year. So, the money could resolve the problem of food shortages for six years," the official said.

North Korea gets hungrier

Documents reviewed by Britain’s Telegraph also placed the cost at $850 million, enough to buy 2.5 million tons of corn and 1.4 million tons of rice. The U.N. estimates North Korea’s entire 2011 harvest at 5.4 million tons.

"North Korea has suffered a deficit of 400,000 tons of food every year. So, the money could resolve the problem of food shortages for six years," an unnamed official told Yonhap.

CNN’s Ramy Inocencio spoke with Cheong Wook-sik at the Peace Network in Seoul who thinks the $850 million cost estimate is likely too high, accounting for the lower cost of North Korean labor and technology.

For comparison, Cheong says South Korea's satellite launch in 2009 cost $500 million. He added that the highest-paid technical laborers in North Korea – at the Kaesong Industrial Complex – get paid less than $60 per month. Their counterparts in South Korea – engineers and computer programmers – make about $5,000 a month. That's more than an 8200% salary difference.

Whatever the cost of the failed rocket, the world community agrees that North Koreans are going hungry. The U.N. World Food Programme estimates that in North Korea “one in every three children remains chronically malnourished or ‘stunted’, meaning they are too short for their age.” North Korea recently had to reduce the minimum height of soldiers to 1.45 meters (4 feet, 9 inches), the Los Angeles Times reported.

Moreover, the nation faces more sanctions as a result of the launch. The U.S. has already stopped planned shipments of 240,000 metric tons of food after North Korean announced its rocket plans.

soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. opinionchan

    And that $700 billion TARP money is the 50 year running budget of NASA...

    April 13, 2012 at 5:19 am |
  2. James

    And the States spent $4 Trillion on pointless useless wars for the past 10 years we are no Different haha :D

    April 13, 2012 at 6:35 am |
  3. nanodata

    Huh.... America spends more than 600Bl for wars and destroy countries like my country Sri Lanka. I think you don't know about that know..... Can you come my country and meet me. I'm Bandara and arlbandara@yahoo.com is my email address. AMERICA and UN must destroy.......

    April 13, 2012 at 7:04 am |
  4. nanodata

    No James.... you and your country are different. You are devil And America is Helllllllllllll. American's can make this world a Heaven. But all of you are driving this world to hellllllllllllll.

    April 13, 2012 at 7:08 am |
  5. Jampa Chophel

    My heart goes out in an instant. We kid ourselves as how much humanity has advanced, especially when the ones dying in our era are the young, weak and sick.
    Shameless we are and continue in this way.

    April 13, 2012 at 7:44 am |
  6. ali

    Amarican propaganda.....Look who is talking??

    April 13, 2012 at 7:55 am |
  7. LosCar

    And in the mean time I'm sitting here eating an awesome cheeseburger and reading this news on my new iMac... Got to love capitalism... As an american, i say we don't waste our time with pointless news that doesn't concern our Country. Lets leave the rest of the world to deal with the world issues... GOOD LUCK!!!

    April 13, 2012 at 8:29 am |
  8. Jay

    @LosCar, I wish you did'nt mean everything that you said because it is so insensitive...

    April 13, 2012 at 9:07 am |
  9. Rose

    Truly heartbreaking to see children suffer, especially of hunger :(

    April 13, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  10. trolol

    They'll just go extinct eventually and will no longer be a problem.

    April 13, 2012 at 10:12 am |
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    April 13, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  12. BillyBobBubba

    James, the wars were not pointless and useless-they got shrub reelected.

    April 13, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  13. Intrepid

    Cut all funding and let the Chinese Care for the ungrateful N. Korean leaders. I know that people will say that is cruel. But the N. Korean people need to rise up against the Govt. They are the ones that have the ability to change. Better to die by the sword or bullet than to starve to death without trying. The worlds patience have grown thin. 850 Million if true is way out of line given the Poverty this country has.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  14. pio

    850 million up in smoke,and the people in north korea dying of hunger what a shame.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  15. Anna

    I often wonder when the North Korean people will be angry enough at their government for starving them for the sake of absolute power. I honestly don't think the day will ever come.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  16. TJohannsen

    Yeah, run a few more articles on the suffering of the hungry in North Korea. Not like any foreign countries are escalating the hunger with embargos or anything, right? And tbh, I get why they want nukes, after all how else do you keep greedy American imperialism out of your home?

    April 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  17. LARRY

    What a bigshot eh.A big toy for someone who wanted to be a big man.Ha! He got eggs in his face & it looks good.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  18. Dean

    And no one in America is starving??? We are a bunch of hypocrites.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  19. Commentator

    I would rather invest in the means of killing dangerous people than feed the hungry inbreds of Africa. They should take care of themselves, we have no obligation to anyone of them. Earth is overpopulated anyway.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  20. FreeWillzyx8

    People are not starving to death en masse in the U.S. There is no remote comparison. This is a country where it is not the least bit unusual for someone on welfare (or otherwise) to be 100 lbs. overweight and that's coming from a liberal. North Korea is the worst country on earth bar none.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  21. anony

    This is tragic, but who are we to point a finger when we spend trillions making war on other countries and our own citizens go without basic healthcare?

    April 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  22. TJohannsen

    I'll tell you who we are. A society that values power and capital over human lives. What a shocker.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  23. Bank

    Human is most pity creature!!

    April 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  24. OpClearField

    Spending $850M just to annoy the rest of the Asian countries. The Kim dynasty is pathetic.

    April 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  25. SreckoM

    Hypocrite. Classic example of propaganda.

    April 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  26. Francisco Cruz

    After spending so much money on a rocket that failed and yet ignoring the misery of the people in North Korea, i am fully convince that there is a Hell and it's going to be a very crowded place!! remember what the bible spoke of the the rich man an lazarus.

    April 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  27. raika45

    Your nation has spent hundreds of billions fighting useless wars from Bush era till now and yet cannot give proper healthcare and university education for the poor.Can you explain that

    April 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  28. @AntonioOjedaM

    This is only one of the ironies of our modern world our "enlighted" society. While millions go to bed without a single plate of food, Nations keep throwing money away in wars and military research. Our civilization is certainly doomed, there is no sight of improvement for this kind of thinking not only present in dictatorships likes the one in NK, Cuba or Venezuela, but also in 1st world countries like the US and the UK.
    History is full of examples where the desires of the rich and the powerfull like the military elite are above of the most basic needs of the world population.
    The so called change of the new age of politicians is just a change for worse, the speeding of the very destruction of the human race.

    April 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  29. andy baylin

    Better save lives that to destroy it .....many of our brother and sister can not eat even one meal a day.............let us help them .... that to use our many to vanity.

    April 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  30. andy baylin

    let us help our brothers and sisters especially those who are poor and abandon......to let them experience a happy and healthy lifestyle...................

    April 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  31. georgio castelli

    Propaganda...the US spends 10 times more on wars, weapons, and failure bail outs that only benefit the rich...Why is CNN saying that $850 million dollars rocket can pay for food and post pictures of children in famine ? Why CNN doesnt say the same for the US and also display pictures of the really poor people in the ghetos, the ones that live under bridges, the really poor in America that dont have, and will never have a change ? Manipulation is the name of the game...I bet CNN is owned by big shots, and I bet they are jews, that want to distort reality. Dont look at others mistakes, look at yours first, and if there is moral authority to judge, then judge.

    April 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  32. TJohannsen

    Same reason CNN had embedded psyops people. They are just another propaganda outlet.

    April 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  33. JC

    the rocket is free...

    April 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  34. TJohannsen

    Nobody is free...

    April 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  35. peter

    there is no justifiable reason why the lives of children are less important than a giant missile that celebrates one person.

    April 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  36. dan

    north korean is acommunist country they adopt darwins theory that man is an animal they kill each other for food and no mercy each other like animals kill each other and they brainwash their mind

    April 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  37. Cody

    Kevin Voigt, this is a terrible thing. But who are you, CNN, or USA for that matter to point the finger. We allow the same thing to go on in our country as well. I have a street sweeper that comes by my house at least once a week. A street sweeper!!! Our priorites are just as much out of line as N Korea. We are just as responsible for the hunger that goes on all around the world. We spend unnecessary money all in America. You station reported a governemnet office spent $800,000+ on a conference. Our country needs to get its prioities in line before we start talking about others!!!

    April 13, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  38. S.E.D.C. Mom

    Will you all just stop... this is awfull to be happening to children/people anywhere!

    April 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  39. robidybob

    My entertainment system is more hi tech then there mission control ..

    April 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  40. Beelzebub

    nanoman – The US doesn't stoop to invading countries that haven't mastered toilet paper yet, so don't worry, your lovely cesspit is safe. Now be quiet and go burn some brides or something.

    April 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  41. Nishibaichima

    The same could be said for the hundreds of billions of dollars the US spent on wars in the middle east could be used to help American citizens who are in need.

    April 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  42. dickenscider


    Come on USA, you can't use this. How many hungry American can you feed with what you pay for in hammers?

    April 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  43. MAt

    Talk about calling the pot calling the kettle black. Whilst North Korea's intentions are anything but good what's this article meant to prove? Whatever happened to unbiased journalism? And to think CNN was once a reputable journalistic media source...

    April 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  44. neno

    Obviously someone should introduce N Korea to western democracy. We are million miles ahead of them. Just don't mention the bankrupt Europe, US mind-blowing debt and the possibility of paper assets collapsing at any minute.

    April 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  45. neno

    Every government and every regime over time finds a unique way to suck the blood of its people in order to achieve some pervert, utopian goal. Sad isn't it?

    April 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  46. Wase

    ‎"The U.S. has already stopped planned shipments of 240,000 metric tons of food to North Korea.." It is not the north korean's that are making it difficult for its citizens to meet thier food demands.. but it's the American sanctions (devised for achieving USA's political objectives) over an already poor country that is making it's citizens suffer, there is no real threat to the world from North Korea, except what you would expect from a hungry homeless person..when that person's life is threatened.

    April 13, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  47. Judy

    America should be ashamed of itself for criticizing Korea for mis-using its money irresponsibly when America has been the worst offender of all in the way it has squandered billions and thousands of precious lives in pursuit of their war games!! How shameful and embarrassed America and CNN should be in making the analogy, using Korea as an example :( Judy

    April 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
  48. ed

    Many have already said this, but this article is just embarrassing for the USA. We all know that many of us live under the poverty line, we do not have free health care. People die in the us because of money, greed and power. This article just painfully let us know that we are the same are North Korea when it comes to these differences between poor/rich and power/average US citizen.

    MANY OF US CITIZENS ARE HUNGRY TOO! ok, not as much as people in North Korea, but when we compare the wealth we have in the USA with the wealth of North Korea, our government is doing a worse job.

    April 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  49. ed

    and on another note:
    If $ 850 million could feed 80% of north korea's population for one year, can you imagine what we could do with US$ 3.2-4 Trillion?? that is the cost of the Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan war. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_cost_of_the_Iraq_War)
    We could feed the entire population of North Korea for almost 3500 years!

    April 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  50. Brian

    The US spends trillons (that's $1,000,000,000,000) or more each year on useless wars which kill innocent civilians in far away countries while back in the USA more people are homeless & starving than ever, public schools cannot afford to hire teachers, cities cannot afford to hire enough civil employees and individual US states are so bankrupt in the red that news articles like this being written is like the "pot calling the kettle black"!

    The US Govt is rated #1 in spending (wasting) money on military conflicts.

    To the author of this article– what don't you look into the mirror and begin to look for a new soul.

    April 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
  51. Babak from Los Angeles

    Yeah and our Navy is larger than the Navy of following 13 nations COMBINED! How many people could we feed if we had a smaller Navy? We are no different.

    April 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
  52. ShenzhenXPAT

    We can all b**tch and complain about the absurd things that the US does and doesn't spend money on.. I could go on and on but N. Korean people regardless if they have the money to buy food or not, they just don't have the access to food because there just isn't enough. The US has many many priority issues but I don't think that any country has their priority's more F'd up then N. Korea. The US offer of food may have strings attached but so what! They should have ditched the rocket, taken the food and taken that rocket money and purchased food from another country. FOOLS! This article is about N. Korea not the US defense budget.

    April 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  53. Ibrahim

    Pls do not be double standard here. America could have used billions of dollars to feed poor people in the world instead of going war with Afghanistan and Iraq.

    April 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  54. Darketernal

    The big difference is that Americans are so fat that its proven that America DOES feed its citizens, despite spending money on the army.

    North Korea starves its people so that it can build missiles and create nuclear bombs. You can hate America as much as you want, but Americans do not let their people starve to death like the North Koreans do. Americans freed people from concentration camps, while North Korea creates them, so they can torture,starve and experiment on living humans. Glad that i wake up being an american rather then the millions of poor people who live in North Korea, you guys simply don't know.

    April 14, 2012 at 12:00 am |
  55. ShenzhenXPAT

    I'm not in favor of those wars but what do those wars have to do with N. Korea? Regardless of wars I'm pretty sure the amount of food the US was willing to give to Korea would have been the same. BTW does anyone know how much food the US gives countries every year? It's a s**t load!! is it enough? Probably not but all the ships leaving this country full of grain everyday day headed for impoverished countries doesn't make CNN headlines. I will tell you what will make headlines is when China and other larger economies start giving even a quarter what we do.

    April 14, 2012 at 1:01 am |
  56. Tettypat

    The only thing sadder than the people described in this article and the fact that North Korea is getting hungrier are loads and loads of stupid comments that follow it. ShenzhenXPAT and Darketernal, thank you for keeping the topic of this article on point!

    April 14, 2012 at 1:24 am |
  57. dion

    Does anyone know how much counterfeit US dollars NKorea prints the so called "super dollars" They got to be printing a lot more than before and or maybe they printed and used that money to launch this rocket?

    April 14, 2012 at 1:26 am |
  58. TJohannsen

    The US is directly responsible for a good deal of suffering in the world, comes with being an empire. So save yourself your pathetic rationalizations. This article is nothing but US propaganda. Your nation may collectively hide behind the american "dream", doesn't mean everybody has to buy into it.

    April 14, 2012 at 1:59 am |
  59. Carterson Situmorang

    Absolute power will eventually bring to to absolute corruption...how long will the elite of North Korean Government have the heart to see their people starve to death in order to maintain their dynasty and to be worshiped as god? Shame on you North Korean Government..!!!!

    April 14, 2012 at 2:10 am |
  60. TJohannsen

    Absolute power will eventually bring to to absolute corruption...how long will the elite of US Government have the heart to see their people starve to death in order to maintain their dynasty and to be worshiped as god? Shame on you US Government..!!!!
    Fits just as well, dontcha think?

    April 14, 2012 at 2:33 am |
  61. alumette

    Shame on North Korea. They have their priorities screwed up. Give up that missile program and feed your starving people ! That is the real and humane way to go; then maybe they will earn the respect of the rest of the world.....leave Syria out of the context. They are simply killing their people.....no excuses, no respect.

    April 14, 2012 at 2:40 am |
  62. alumette

    One of the problems with the US is morbid obesity. People eat too much and most of it being junk food. It is available; in the face as ordinary people are brainwashed by TV advertisements . They go to "Walmart" and buy junk food mass produced in China , chemically altered that never satisfies them but makes them eat more and more. Intelligent people do not fall for that degradation, but many do. They are not starving.....they end up on operating tables getting surgical procedures that supposedly help them get thin. More magic mirrors and delusions. We are, in the US a country of excesses and expectations. How long will that last ? until we run out of drinking water and real food.......these fat people will outlast most of us....unfortunately....by about 90 days.

    April 14, 2012 at 2:49 am |
  63. ThAnOs

    North Korea focuses only on MILITARIZATION not for the People to Feed.. Give them a Lesson that FEEDING PROGRAM FOR THEIR PEOPLE is their priority NOT MISSILE PROGRAM! Their leaders are FAT and VERY MUCH HEALTHY while their people are Malnourished.... I suggest that the US Government and other countries STOP THEIR FEEDING PROGRAM TO NORTH KOREA FOR NOW!!! GIVE THEM A LESSON... North Korea Government must tend their people not their FAILED MISSILE!!!

    April 14, 2012 at 2:55 am |
  64. alumette

    I'm just trying to make T.Johannsen feel less critical about US citizens. We are good people....most of us. We work hard, are kind to humans and animals...again, many of us as we keep an open mind on world affairs. We have a way to go but we are way ahead of many people who struggle to stay alive on daily basis. In a perfect culture, there would be no murders, no animal slaughter, no class differences, no billionaires and no homeless. We would all be in harmony and peace as we worship our planet instead of individual organized religions that divide, separate and conflict. A dream ?

    April 14, 2012 at 3:06 am |
  65. TJohannsen

    Sorry about generalizing, but you've got more than your fair share of bad apples.

    April 14, 2012 at 3:12 am |
  66. TJohannsen

    And yeah, it will remain a dream for as long as silly national interests trump humanitarian interests.

    April 14, 2012 at 3:16 am |
  67. alumette

    I don't think people are starving in the US. The poor get food stamps and they eat. We see too many fat people who need to eat much less. We have fat people everywhere. Surely, all of you are aware of it. They ride electric carts in grocery stores so they can buy more food and get larger and larger. It is a disease. It is creepy.

    April 14, 2012 at 3:17 am |
  68. alumette

    How did we destroy Sri Lanka ? Did we stop buying your tea ? Come on.....blame someone else for your misfortune.

    April 14, 2012 at 3:21 am |
  69. blackboy

    North Korea is a rouge state . . . . but so CNN just observed this . . . The USA spends Billions of Dollars every year on weapons as well, while the world economy is nose diving. The Western Countries Generally need a soul searching, or are they just deliberately callous?

    April 14, 2012 at 3:27 am |
  70. Kim

    Success of country is proportional to the over all health of its citizens.

    April 14, 2012 at 3:48 am |
  71. jmrBD

    How is America destroying Sril Lanka? I was just there in February and it looks like it is on its way to progress. I thought the Tamil Tigers were destroying Sri Lanka? Fortunately, your government wiped them all out and declare themselves the only terrorist free country/

    April 14, 2012 at 3:50 am |
  72. TJohannsen

    I thought the Sri Lankans were destroying the Tamil's.

    April 14, 2012 at 3:51 am |
  73. jmrBD

    Morbid obesity is a result of capitalism and wealth. In India for example, I have seen some really fat people when a lot of the country is poor. Germans are one of the fattest European countries. Has nothing to do with being "american". I am an American and I am not morbidly obese.

    April 14, 2012 at 3:54 am |
  74. Kim

    I could not take $850M than seeing my countrymen starving to death. "the ill effect."

    April 14, 2012 at 3:55 am |
  75. Mitch

    The Kim regime in North Korea is willing to let its people starve for political reasons. This is outrageous and should be stopped. North Korea's people should not have to pay such a price for the ego of their leaders.


    April 14, 2012 at 10:21 am |
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  77. disappointed

    i feel so sad for the children,innocent people in north kr, look at them,, so skinny,, hungry.... n look at the leader? so damn fat,,,! ur ppl r eating grass everyday,, n u eat steak?? omg,, wat on earth is dis country thinkin? if there r 24.3 million ppl in north kr, they only ve to destroy one of them, n 24.3million ppl wont suffer anymore,,

    April 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  78. Dan

    The north korean leadership are a bunch of dirt bags and don't deserve to live. Next time they have one of their one of their show parades, we should give they a rocket that works and a nuclear weapon that works right on top of their heads.

    April 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  79. david burns

    Reminds me of the government of Mexico being able to afford to pay $11 million just to host the pope for a day?

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  81. dograncher

    They are to starved to revolt

    April 15, 2012 at 4:40 am |
  82. Daryl

    Without being Harsh...I am probably more content having them not fed. It is nice to see some global population control as opposed to the consistent idealist view of subsidising Food and Fuel. Half the worlds problems are actually a consequence of TOO many people on the Planet in certain areas. I vote we also stop feeding other nations as well and maybe my fuel costs and milk and water and electricity and coffee will go down. Honestly, economic growth through population expansion is good, but not if everyone globally has to subsidise you. Case and point: The Phlippines (Food Deficit), Indonesia, Banghledesh etc

    April 15, 2012 at 5:07 am |
  83. Alexia

    In a million years, a civilisation will dig up the remains of something belonging to this current world. We are on track for self destruction. Are petty ways and ignorance to our fellow man is truly mind blowing.

    We live on this small planet, our home, our everything, and yet we are willing to destroy everything for the sake of what..........?

    We are on borrowed time and it's ticking away. I'm 12 years old and I go to bed crying about what we could have been.

    April 15, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  84. gahh

    This is so sad, seeing these people starve to death, so fat boy leader, can build missiles that don't work.

    April 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  85. pjstephe

    Unless they change their Ideologies they will not negotiate in good faith. SONGUN is one of their "Military First " policies that in their mind justifies outrageous expenditures such as nuclear bombs and missles.They would rather let their people starve and pump everything they have into the military first then change thier ideology.How on earth would a starving population numbed with malnourishment ever rebel against this?

    April 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  86. Joe

    Do you believe that estimate of $850million? it is just an exaggeration. if an engineer in North korea earns $60,how come that
    one project costs so much. How much would an ordinary worker earn in a factory to assembly or manufacture the parts?

    April 16, 2012 at 12:01 am |
  87. sameh

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    April 16, 2012 at 12:58 am |
  88. Sanford

    Such vast difference i n salaries between North and South Korea.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:07 am |
  89. Bob Talon

    Holding back food shipments because a new leader wishes to flex his right of rule to his people is not a correct action..........sell them the food....they took advantage of a free ride, now just charge them the admission price... It would be a fair and firm response, each dollar spent they would realize they could have saved and many taken a holiday in Barbados...lol

    April 16, 2012 at 5:11 am |
  90. BReal

    Why we judge N.Korea for "wasting" 850 million on a launch saying they could feed the poor is ridiculous. With one year's budget that the US spends on its military – it could end world hunger – PERIOD. But no. OR if the US spread spent some of that money to end hunger in the US (A so-called FIRST WORLD NATION) it maybe can comment on N.Koreans. As of now – don't make ourselves look bad CNN – and delete this stupid article. Thanks!

    April 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  91. Rogue351

    What have we been hearing for the last year from the Republicans, we should bomb North Korea. The Republican party relies on fear of the unknown to intimidate voters. This failure stands as proof positive that North Korea is NOT a threat to the USA. Yes North Korea violates human rights but why does the USA always have to be the police of the world. Why because the Republican party benefits from the USA going to war> War many not be a money maker for the US in general but for certain companies it generates a lot of profit. Stop buying into the fear tactics of the republican party. These elitist rich will not lead you down the path of the American Dream they will send your sons and daughters off to far away lands to fight and die so they can make money. The Republican Party will be the down fall of the greatest nation on earth.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:10 am |
  92. Rogue351

    850 million dollars, enough to feed 70% of the entire country. How much will Mitt spend on his run for the office of president ? 600+ million ? How many could he feed ? But in true Republican style it is not about helping people it is about making money. The Republican Party will be the down fall of the greatest nation on the face of the earth.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:19 am |
  93. Sarah Walker

    I say let them spend whatever they like on their failed attempt. The only part that truly bothers me is that the United States sends them food to help feed their people. We send them food, while they waste their money on failed rocket launches! We have enough people in our own country that are starving. Feed them.

    April 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  94. joe

    the u.s. is worse cause they know better

    April 20, 2012 at 5:51 am |
  95. cnnlicksit

    I agree with everyone else here. The US does the same thing. Millions of people here are poor, uneducated, and hungry. Do we help them. Hell no. We pour trillions into wars and bloated corporations but helping our own citizens, no way!

    April 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  96. Robinson

    My heart brakes as i read this. knowing that we human can be so ignorant, I feel awful and saddened to see innocent children dying of hunger and sickness and nothing seems to remmedy the situation of an unjust world. may God bring light to us. May God protect the children.

    April 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
  97. Pliny


    Why are people starving in NK?


    Why is NK a failed nation?


    Why does the NK government act like heavily armed paranoid children?


    Why does NK violently destabilize the Korean peninsula?


    April 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  98. CAPPER

    Why does CNN always post negative stories on North Korea?
    Oh yeah, because they are in Obamas back pocket.
    Stop the propaganda CNN.
    North Korea is actually a nice place, Ive been there for 2 vacations and plan on going back this summer.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  99. Tomasz G

    What kind of leadership is this.
    Should cultural/ political agenda cause these millions of kids, mothers fathers, elders to starve.
    Why is a man of this rationale in this position of power?

    April 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  100. Tomasz G

    @breal. valid point about US military spending. doesnt justify any other country doing it. At least if you think for yourself.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  101. Tomasz G

    @Loscar. they say you cant help anyone unless you help yourself. in this case your just an ignorant hick thats eating a cheeseburger at home doing nothing. Blame yourself for your limiting beliefs

    April 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  102. Chris S

    I, as an American, believe that we should not meddle in foreign affairs (such as waging pointless wars, foreign financial bail-outs, etc.). I love America, but I think that once we align our priorities we can then help these nations like North Korea with selfish/incompetent leaders.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  103. Curtis

    Actually the US feeds its people cheap processed foods which corrupts the human body and creates disease, then the pharmaceutical and medical industry reep the benefits as they try to fix our bodies. All this while the true cures for our diseases remain illegal (i.e. Tetrahydrocannabinol=cure for cancer, yet remains illegal and a class 1 scheduled drug).

    The US is no better than North Korea. Our government, at the highest level, is run by a level of sickness that most cannot comprehend.

    The human race as a whole right now is very sick....we should all be exterminated.

    May 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
  104. Light

    the only LIGHT(good) in DARKNESS(evil) – is Jesus Christ – who is God's way of saving us....You see, God came to earth once long ago, in the form of Jesus Christ (his name Immanuel means "God with us")...Jesus paid for all our evil by dying a horrific death – because greater LOVE has no man than to give up his llife for his friend – He (God) was paying the price for our frgiveness – we all need this forgiveness paid for by the blood of Jesus – only then can we be free from this evil all around us – forgiven by God. Once forgiven we need to LOVE our fellow man, like the N. Koreans, and try to help them – food, aid, and lots of prayer, possibly a war – only God can destroy the true enemy (Satan). and actually He has already won over Satan by dying for all SIN on a cross...for them who will recieve and believe only. If this is confusing you, then ask God to open your eyes to what is TRUE and the ONLY way to live forever in heaven with God and to conquor over evil. Most people are blinded by darkness. Seek HIS LIGHT and TRUTH today. You could find yourself dead and lost forever, tomorrow.

    May 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  105. fedupwithla

    These kids are used by the North as propaganda. They break our hearts, we pressure our government to send them aid, then they build a rocket that fizzles. It's another summer of these people at the top of their society!

    May 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  106. DT

    LosCar – And in the mean time I'm sitting here eating an awesome cheeseburger and reading this news on my new iMac... Got to love capitalism... As an american, i say we don't waste our time with pointless news that doesn't concern our Country. Lets leave the rest of the world to deal with the world issues... GOOD LUCK!!! – April 13, 2012 at 8:29 am |

    Dude, you have just made the best comment ever!!!!!!!! I'm good sitting here enjoying the "evils" of capitalism too. I can eat what I want when I want, pray to whichever diety I want to, and say what I want because I am free and all you nimrods living in other countries can't. Don't be a hater because I have what you don't – freedom!! Suck it up and accept the fact that you are all jealous of what we have and what you'll never have – freedom.

    May 31, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
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