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


     8 months ago +2280

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

  • Armored Sentinel

    Armored Sentinel

     3 hours ago

    What a depressing place. Makes me grateful for all of the countries that have had revolutions to allow freedoms. Like the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, France etc. Even China at this moment is facing a revolution from it's people. This is one of the last few countries on Earth in need of a serious revolutionary war from it's people. Make them like Switzerland, every non felon, able bodied person must own a rifle in their home to deter corruption and crime.

  • Lash LaRue

    Lash LaRue

     4 hours ago

    Kin Junk-un is a lunatic

  • Drako-shi


     5 hours ago

    North Korean need to be freed. I hope Kim Jong Un comes to his senses. USA almost achieved it but it's more profitable for NK to be a threat to South Korea and Japan. Keeps these countries money flowing into the US.

  • F0nkyNinja


     8 hours ago

    15:20 he and his family are all dead

  • Chris Topher

    Chris Topher

     9 hours ago

    hahahah the sandy hoaxers and wtc 7 collapsers are back at it with fake news propaganda.

  • Theresa Dalrymple

    Theresa Dalrymple

     10 hours ago

    They send their nationals abroad to work they get none of that money all is sent back to their government in North Korea. What evil.

  • ulrich kwan

    ulrich kwan

     12 hours ago

    Chinese CCP sends their huge money and family to the u.s what they call their enemy's country

  • tw06le1


     13 hours ago

    Why does everything looks so brand new?

  • What


     20 hours ago

    What about israel's nuclear arsenals? You know, the ones they stole from their greatest ally? lol

  • paul maloney

    paul maloney

     21 hours ago

    The streets are sparse, barren, and empty of cars, the people are robotic and in unison, the buildings and skyscrapers look like facades, ,everything looks eerie, and the music sets the tone of a twilight zone

  • Antoine De Vuyst

    Antoine De Vuyst

     22 hours ago

    29:00 is he speaking french???

  • Koon Jay

    Koon Jay

     yesterday +1

    China just well covered North Korea they got camps to put people against them

  • Mikey Bohunicky

    Mikey Bohunicky


    The translator (3:30, for michael kim) sounds like the 1984 audiobook. How fitting lol

  • Athar Ali

    Athar Ali

     yesterday +1

    Very good documentary.

  • yoshida carter

    yoshida carter


    If I was to hear that music everyday at 6am that would drive me batshit crazy

  • Nathaniel wowchuk

    Nathaniel wowchuk

     yesterday +1

    Imagine being almost dedicated to hating and wanting to fight another country so bad that it is basically your culture. And the other country barely noting your existence

  • Ruby Ruby

    Ruby Ruby

     2 days ago

    A War Against The Border That Divides Is Basically America Today Watching This Documentary Is Like Looking In A Mirror It's Haunting To Think North America And North Korea Are Politically The Same

  • Johnny Aingel

    Johnny Aingel

     2 days ago

    CHINA is another place from hell what they have done is diabolical

  • this is deafening

    this is deafening

     2 days ago

    Communism is awesome! That's until your neighbour runs out of food and money..........