North Korea is a country of nearly 25 million people. According to research from leading North Korea experts, four- to five million of these are middle class North Koreans, with disposable income, who like to go on dinner dates at local restaurants, or watch movies, or save up for a new home appliance. These aren’t just a cadre of 10,000 or so elites. These are normal North Koreans seeking to live enjoyable lives with their friends and families. James Carli. Read more.