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The mystery surrounding claims of a nuclear test blast by the North Korean government continues to have most of the rest of the world scrambling around to try and discover exactly what the explosion was – and what it means. It's also been a stark reminder that North Korea exists in such total isolation that it may as well be located on the dark side of the moon. How isolated? Check out this satellite image, released by the Pentagon yesterday. From London's Daily Mail:
As the world grapples with how to rein in the "axis of evil" state which this week conducted a nuclear test, this spectacular satellite photo unveiled yesterday by US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld shows in stark detail the haves and have-nots of the Korean peninsula.

The regime in the north is so short of electricity that the whole country is switched off at 9 p.m. - apart from the capital of Pyongyang where dictator Kim Jong-il and his cohorts live in relative luxury. But even there, lighting is drastically reduced.

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