a reply to: Zaphod58
Okay, but they already have a nationwide road system (not by US standards, but they do have a fairly developed road system). In any case, much of the
difficult and time consuming 'heavy lifting' such as earthwork and embankment is already done for those roads and rights of way which are not fully
developed yet. And with these road rights of way they have already built natural utility corridors for water, electric and sewer infrastructure.
They have major deep water port capability with numerous ports on both the east and west coasts and rail rights of way inland from these ports.
Granted, it all could be upgraded, but unlike many countries it at least exists as a starting point. All that infrastructure doesn't have to start
from square one.
They have hydro-electric power generation facilities throughout the interior of the country, so again the heavy-lifting, things like dams and the
like, have already been constructed. Power distribution throughout the country would require significant upgrade, but as utilities go electric
distribution is probably the easiest and fastest to establish. As we've already seen, they already have the academic capability to build nukes, so
building nukes for steam generation and subsequent power generation is not out of the question for heavy power.
As noted earlier they do have water (i.e. fresh water) and lots of it (rivers, reservoirs and lakes). Much of this may need treated to make it
potable, but it exists. And this alone is huge in terms of development.
I was involved with building some cities in SE Asia and China, so I'm familiar with where the real challenges are and NK is by no means as challenging
as other areas. Heck, we built an entire city in the jungle where there was nothing to start with.
I am not suggesting the above is a task which could be undertaken at zero cost, but what I am suggesting is NK is, contrary to common belief, not this
desert wasteland with no water, no hope and no wherewithal. Quite the contrary. Again, I'm looking at things in NK from a logistical standpoint, not
from a political / human rights standpoint, and my view is not tainted by the MSM's overwhelming zeal to paint NK as this depraved wasteland devoid of
even basic resources. It is not.
I've been to places (central China as an example) which have FAR greater challenges, and far less possibilities.
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