North Korea - All the dictator's men | DW Documentary

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  • Published on:  Saturday, March 30, 2019
  • North Korea is one of the poorest countries in the world, but its leader Kim Jong Un has still found the money he needs to finance a nuclear weapons program, despite the country's fundamental poverty and international economic sanctions.

    This documentary looks at how, and introduces the men who have helped Kim Jong Un keep his dreams of reaching nuclear power status alive. North Korea has not reined in its nuclear program, despite a number of UN resolutions that have tried to force it to do so. So how has the isolated country kept the program going despite sanctions? Every year Pyongyang sends millions of North Korean workers abroad, selling their services to over 40 countries around the world. And their salaries flow directly into Kim’s treasury. The only ones who know exactly how the system works are the men who have helped the North Korean government carry through the program for years. A film team spent years researching these men and their secrets - from bankers and diplomats to the laborers and specialists who worked abroad and whose wages flowed into the regime's coffers. Come and meet all the dictator’s men.


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  • backto1960


     9 months ago +2969

    This is such a powerfully edited and profoundly paced documentary DW. Eye opening stuff. Kudos!!!!!!!

  • Ante Bulat

    Ante Bulat

     9 hours ago

    "This is a country where war never ended".
    USA is always in a war too.

  • monica mitts

    monica mitts

     9 hours ago

    But how did you get there? Doesnt Russia want to know your exact locations?

  • DW 001

    DW 001

     18 hours ago

    you know, if aretha sang the 6am opera it’d have not been so bad 😩☺️

  • Brian Barcus

    Brian Barcus


    It's creepy and sad to hear the people endlessly brag up their country while most of them are starving and broke. They stumble with words, scared shitless they'll say something wrong and their family will pay dearly for it.

  • James Keru

    James Keru


    Despite the sanctions, the country is still light years ahead of third world countries in Africa with no sanctions. Honestly, what ails Africa? Poverty and disorganization everywhere you look!

  • DaRoach5882



    You wonder why the Right is so attached to their guns? It's because the left wants a North Korea!

  • Oma Cool

    Oma Cool

     yesterday +1


  • marco



    hostage the family. so one must work for the piggs

  • Clean2jz


     2 days ago +1

    Talk about a life without meaning

  • Neil Wolfaardt

    Neil Wolfaardt

     2 days ago +2

    30:15 Adidas just loves that cheap North Korean labor...

  • Zack Tu Nan Zing Hang

    Zack Tu Nan Zing Hang

     2 days ago

    Can foreign student go study there 😀

  • Mr. ChainBlueLighting

    Mr. ChainBlueLighting

     2 days ago +1

    Bet that furniture is bugged!

  • Bang Big

    Bang Big

     2 days ago

    That one north Korean looks like Seungri a lot lol

  • nahn111


     2 days ago +5

    29:32 "This afternoon the sky is gray, but it will be nice again tomorrow"
    That speaker gives me the creeps.

    Same with the song at 6 AM every morning.

  • Antonio Erup

    Antonio Erup

     2 days ago +1

    Imagine not being paid for THREE fucking years, you're watched 24/7 and you have to sleep in unfinished buildings you're working on.

  • Manish Khadka

    Manish Khadka

     2 days ago +2

    I saw more than 1000 video on north korea , it surprises me that the only person who I've seen fat and fluffly is 🖕kim jong un🖕the poor citizen are so skinny

  • Ibad Kain

    Ibad Kain

     2 days ago

    it llike hell

  • C N

    C N

     2 days ago +1

    Boy or girl, how many children, great job on risking his life for your little video

  • Ricardo Penaloza

    Ricardo Penaloza

     2 days ago +2

    "Just doing our job"...that's what Nazi soldiers said when they were tried in court for war crimes 😔