(RT) — With US-North Korea relations at their lowest point, you’d expect Americans would know a thing or two about the nation squaring up to its government. However, a new survey suggests many US citizens cannot even find the state on a map.

In March, the US cranked up the war rhetoric when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson admitted on a visit to South Korea that military action against the North was an “option on the table”. Now a survey, commissioned by the New York Times, challenged Americans to point to North Korea’s position on the globe – and that didn’t go very well.

With President Donald Trump’s administration also threatening increased sanctions against the Asian country, US citizens would be expected to take a particular interest in North Korea. Yet, of the 1,746 participants surveyed by the NYT, 64 percent were unable to correctly identify the location of the Kim Jong-un-led nation on an unmarked map.


Less surprisingly, the survey also found that geographical awareness informed people’s stance on US foreign policy. The Morning Consult survey concluded that people are more likely to opt for diplomacy with North Korea if they know its location.

In April US President Donald Trump incorrectly claimed that the USS Carl Vinson was “steaming towards” the Korean Peninsula. It later turned out that the vessel had been traveling in the opposite direction for a planned training event with Australia.

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Meanwhile, North Korea has threatened to “deal deadly blows” to both the US and South Korea. Kim Jong-un’s government has also been carrying out rocket tests amid a significant deterioration in the historically poor relations between both governments.

In a YouGov survey earlier this year, 57 percent of the 7,150 US respondents identified North Korea as enemy No.1.

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    God invented war so Americans could learn geography.

    • Mr. Wrestling III

      It’s not working.

      • David Daisy May Boldock

        There’s time yet they have only inflicted war and mostly illegally on around a 100 countries.

        • billdeserthills

          I just think it should be some other country’s turn to bomb the crap outta Korea

    • billdeserthills

      Folks can learn a lot about the metric system by using cocaine

      • David Daisy May Boldock

        I say bring back Pounds Shillings and Pence, and feet and inches, not that metric crap.

        • billdeserthills

          Why that’s the same thing I said to my dealer–He started selling ounces, but he is still weighing them by the gram!?!?

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Wise man doing it by the gram lol

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Gramme* … My English nearly failed me there lol

  • Gordon Klock

    Ever since I was a kid, I found myself feeling extreme, exasperated, impotently secret, blinding rage, toward all the proud, stupid, nationalistically retarded, rooster people, having all sorts of lethal opinions, directed at nations, & individuals, they clearly know nothing about, aside from parroting whatever evil, political, lies of the week, are currently in vogue….
    Lynch mobs are stupid, & tragic, & war is usually based on such collective ignorance, & the purveyors care not which side wins, they profit like crazy, either way, from this ancient, stupid, evil, joke on everybody, that they won’t stop repeating….
    Wish more folks could ‘wake up’…

  • Tommy Jensen

    All you guys should wake up. I am feeling lonely as the only awake person in this world. Why cant we play football together?

  • alexandra

    “the protection of minorities as an excuse to launch conflicts”. this ruse is getting so old it has become laughable they want N korea next why? 1. they don’t use their bankster..system, 2. they have gold ..3. other natural resources and 4. more women and children to use into the profitable sex trade.

  • Raimundo Gant

    cant believe there are people out there in this country that still want to go to war. Their ignorance is an insult to society

  • billdeserthills

    Only people who want war desire to profit from it & that isn’t any 60%

  • Kweden

    OK so I’m a bit late to the jab, but did you know N. Korea is a democracy more democratic than our own? Anyone 17 or older can run for office, and everyone 17 and over can vote, and the government is run by a representative group–called “The Supreme People’s Assembly” (called that because it is traditionally believed that Koreans are the supreme people of all creation).

    Their democratic order is not that different from ours except that the Assembly decides who can be delegates (sounds like the gop and dnc). It may actually be more totalitarian than our government, even though all the people get a say in politics.

    What else is being left out of the picture given to the American people, and why? Like, why is there an elite U.S. christian organization allowed there heavily involved in education and politics, and technological improvements of the country, and enjoying their elite treatment?