While America's leaders are pushing a "no" vote in Scotland on Thursday, North Korea is quite excited about Scotland's democratic elections.
There are at least a dozen ironies in this news, but two stand out: if North Korea wants to defend democratic elections, it might start at home, where Kim Jong Un won 100 percent of the vote from nearly 100 percent of eligible voted.
As for respecting the boundaries of regions that have seceded, North Korea doesn't recognize its own border with South Korea, known as the Northern Limit Line. Ships from North Korea continually cross the line and the two countries have exchanged fire with each other from the sea.
And yet, North Korea thinks it could benefit from the new independent nation. Choe Kwan-il, the managing editor of the Choson Sinbo (a North Korea-backed paper based in Japan), told The Telegraph it would open up business opportunities for both countries. "North Korea is rich in natural resources and we like the taste of Scotch whisky, so we can be beneficial to each other," he said, adding that while he's not sure if people in North Korea know that Scotland is considering independence, they'll be informed if Scots vote "yes."
North Korea, which offered its support for a "yes" vote earlier in the week, joins a bizarre list of groups interested in Scotland's independence. Texas Nationalists, Catalonia in Spain, some members of Russia's government and Kurdistan have supported independence. But as far as we can tell, North Korea is the only one willing to annihilate anyone to make independent Scotland a reality.
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