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29 November 2007 15:09

Peter Hitchens is not my cup of tea as a political commentator, but this essay on North Korea in The American Conservative makes him a pretty good travel guide. And he makes an important point at the end of the piece, reminding us that although we may justifiably fear North Korea's nuclear weapons, the country is in a dreadful state, and we are negotiating with them from a position of strength.

Herewith, some Flickr photos of a few of the Pyongyang locations Hitchens mentions in his piece:

The unfinished Pyramid hotel, which Hitchens says is about the same shape and height as the Ministry of Truth from George Orwell's 1984.  (Photo by Flickr user Matthijs Gall, used under a Creative Commons licence.)

The Pyongyang subway. (Photo by Flickr user Pricey, used under a Creative Commons licence.)

The Juche Tower, which has a flame at the top (occasionally lit by scarce electricity), and three figures at its base (largely obscured here); a worker, a peasant and a 'working intellectual.'  (Photo by Flickr user Blogjam, used under a Creative Commons licence.)

A stadium display, described by Hitchens as 'a monstrous celebration of synchronized, disciplined Kim-worship...'  (Photo by Flickr user Lex Luthor 1, used under a Creative Commons licence.)

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