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North Korea's Actions Are Crimes Against Humanity

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Debates have been swirling around the international community over North Korea’s recent actions considered to be “Crimes against humanity” (Pearson, Hanna, and Park). When did North Korea start to have these issues and who is behind the crimes arguably equal to that of Nazi Germany? Was it during the reign of Kim ll-sung or Kim Jong-il? Arguments can be made that the crimes did start under the reign of these two leaders, but the real culprit behind the crimes against humanity is Kim Jong-un the current supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The issues within the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea start on the top with leader Kim Jong-un. Supreme leader Kim Jong-un has provide a bad reputation for himself due to lavish spending. Kim Jong-un even passed his father Kim Jong-il in luxury spending. The United States “imposed sanctions in 2006”, against Kim Jong-il “the State Department made a point of banning imported yachts, race cars, furs and plasma TVs over 29 inches” (Alfred). A sanction seems like an extreme move and it is but the numbers become more surprising after the death of Kim Jon-il. "’Luxury good expenditure by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea rose to $645.8 million in 2012. Reportedly, this was a sharp increase from the average of $300 million a year under Kim Jong-il’" (Alfred). Kim Jong-un has a surplus of spending totaling at a staggering amount of $345.8 million. That is a 215% increase! How does this spending affect the people of North Korea and where is this money coming from?
“The U.N. investigation provides … ‘deliberate starvation’ and widespread hunger and malnutrition throughout the country. While North Korea struggles to feed itself, the country’s leadership maintains ‘parallel funds’ … The money comes from Revenue sources include drug smuggling, selling alcohol in Islamic countries and trafficking ivory from Africa to China, a former North Korean official told the human rights investigators” (Alfred).
The U.N. investigation completed this lasted year has proven just how out of control supreme leader Kim Jong-un is. Kim’s wild spending habits are proving to harm the people he is suppose to be protecting while he enjoys the better thing that life has to offer.
Kim has also shown the world how questionable, impulsive, and illogical his leadership is. Just months after filling father Kim Jong-il’s role as leader Kim Jong-un ousted “older advisers who had been loyal to his father, Kim Jong Il” (Harlan). Kim didn’t stop there, after ridding himself of loyal and trusted advisers Kim recently accused his “uncle Jang Song Thaek, of opposing his rise and plotting an overthrow” (Harlan). Political experts and people alike see Kim’s purge of his fathers advisers and Kim’s execution of his uncle as an attempt to hold all power in North Korea. “Hong Kwan-hee, a professor in the Department of North Korea Studies”, believes “In the short run this kind of action could give Kim a more strong power...

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