Apparently Kim does not believe in sharing his internet expertise with his subjects who are severely restricted in use of the net. Maybe he should start his own blog in English! I just dont see how asking Madeline Albright for her internet address is a great sign of his interest in science and technology! Does he have the hots for Madeline?
Kim Jong-Il says he is 'Internet expert'
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SEOUL (AFP) — Reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has boasted of being an "Internet expert," reports said Saturday.
The communist state keeps itself closed to the outside world to prevent so-called spiritual pollution from subverting its hardline socialist system.
Kim told delegates at this week's historic inter-Korean summit his Internet expertise made him reluctant to allow further access to the Web in the communist state, the South's Yonhap news agency reported.
Kim's comment came as he turned down South Korea's proposal that a joint industrial park in the communist state be connected to the Internet.
"I am an Internet expert. Many problems would arise if the Internet is connected to other parts of the North," Yonhap quoted Kim as saying.
On his way home to Seoul from the summit in Pyongyang, Roh said Kim seemed to be "very familiar with the technical aspects of the Internet."
The media is a propaganda tool in North Korea, where televisions and radios North Korea are tuned to official channels only, and the leadership is aware of the Internet's potential to stir up dissent.
It operates its own version of the Internet, a highly censored Intranet that is policed by the Korea Computer Center, North Korea's window on the worldwide web and its leading high-technology research and development hub.
In 2000, Kim took then US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright by surprise by asking for her e-mail address, demonstrating his strong interest in science and technology.