Foreign Policy

North Korea Sends U.S. Bill: You Owe Us $65 Trillion for Being Mean

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Cash-strapped North Korea has an interesting new idea to raise money -- demand it from the United States. And the rogue nation is aiming high, asking for $65 trillion (yes, trillion) for six decades of pain and suffering.

According to a report from KCNA, North Korea's official news agency, quoted in various sources, the $65 trillion mark ($64.96 trillion to be exact, but what's a few billion dollars between sworn enemies?) is the cost of the damage done by the U.S. since the Korean peninsula was divided between North and South in 1945.

Here's how the itemized bill breaks down:

$26.1 trillion: U.S. "atrocities"
$13.7 trillion: U.S. sanctions
$16.7 trillion: Property losses

A bunch of smaller claims round out the final tally.

The report said North Koreans have "the justifiable right" to receive the compensation "for our blood."

The U.S. hasn't said whether it will pay up, but North Korea should probably not waste its time standing at its mailbox waiting for a check.

The report came out on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, which was waged from 1950-1953. Yet it somehow spurred a popular TV show (M*A*S*H) that ran for 11 seasons. Go figure.