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The Korean language has a different set of phonemes compared to most Indo-European languages. Phonemes are individual sounds that are distinguished in pronunciation and used to differentiate words. For example, in English the words lot and rot are perceived as different because of the way the first letter (l versus r, typically denoted /l/ versus /r/) is ...


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Jang Jin-Sung appears to be the first author to describe a coercive transition from Kim Il-Sung to Kim Jong-Il. Rather than being common knowledge, his claim is a newly well-known story told by a single source. Whether he is a credible source is harder to assess. 38north.org has not written about him. Mr. Jang was also responsible for some other sensational,...


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There are a couple reasons. The first is that this was an "official" communication, which is to say that it was a written communication. So Commander Bucher chose a very sophisticated but entirely proper word in "paean." If anything, the North Koreans might be flattered by being communicated to in such a sophisticated way. Certainly, it ...


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You make the mistake of thinking the South Korean economy was as strong as it is today before around 1970. It wasn't. Effectively the country was still an agricultural economy no different from what it had been under Japanese occupation. In the 1960s the South Korean government started massive industrialisation projects, building factories, shipyards, ...


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Because it was decided that the two teams would compete separately. Originally, there were hopes for the two teams to not only march as one in the 2008 Olympics, but to compete as a single entity, a 'Korea' team. However, negotiations failed, and the two teams ended up marching separately as a result. Since then, there have been several diplomatic ...


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I wouldn't have gotten it either. Took me a while to get it after seeing the joke. Born in Romania, lived 20-ish years in Canada. Canadian citizen. One reason is that the English pronounciation is not the Greek/Latin pronunciation (different vowels).


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About the bicycle thing... I don't know if they are allowed or not but I'm pretty sure they do. Pics from fall 2014 (own work)


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The retreat from Hungnam was an aftermath of the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. In that battle, the Chinese had lost 40%-50% of the 120,000 men they had committed to battle against 30,000 American Marines and infantry. By the time these forces reached Hungnam, they were joined by about 70,000 South Korean troops. So the combined "Allied" forces actually ...


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Here's an excerpt from a PDF on The history of the North Korean Army :- The overall actual strength for the People's Army at the time was estimated at approximately 30,000. To this figure was added approximately 170,000 trainees, some of whom were currently serving in the Police Constabulary, Fire Brigade and Coast Guard. By the end of 1948 "the armed ...


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According to this wiki the man who originally coined the idea was Han yongun. during the 3.1 march: 한반도기 (Wikipedia). But dismissed the idea and used the Korean flag instead. It was discussed again in 1989 to be used as the flag for the formation of the Korean unified team for the 1990 Beijing Asian games. and first used at the world Table Tennis ...


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