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North Korea:

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, Korean Hanguk or Choson, region and historic country (85,049 sq mi/220,277 sq km), E Asia. A peninsula, 600 mi (966 km) long, Korea separates the Sea of Japan (called the East Sea by Koreans) on the east from the Yellow Sea (and Korea Bay [or West Korea
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Korea, North

Official name: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Capital city: Pyongyang

Internet country code: .kp

Flag description: Three horizontal bands of blue (top), red (triple width), and blue; the red band is edged in white; on the hoist side of the red band is a white disk with a red five-pointed star

Geographical description: Eastern Asia, northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Korea Bay and the Sea of Japan, between China and South Korea

Total area: 47,000 sq. mi. (120,410 sq. km.)

Climate: Temperate with rainfall concentrated in summer

Nationality: noun: Korean(s); adjective: Korean

Population: 23,301,725 (July 2007 CIA est.)

Ethnic groups: Korean; small ethnic Chinese and Japanese populations

Languages spoken: Korean

Religions: Buddhism, Confucianism, Shamanism, Chongdogyo, Christian; autonomous religious activities have

been virtually nonexistent since 1945

Legal Holidays:

Birthday of Kim Il-sungApr 15
Constitution DayDec 27
Founding of the People's ArmyApr 25
Founding of the Workers' PartyOct 10
Kim Jong-il's AnniversaryFeb 16
Labor DayMay 1
Liberation DayAug 15
National DaySep 9
New Year's DayJan 1
Victory DayJul 27

North Korea

a republic in NE Asia, on the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea: established in 1948 as a people's republic; mostly rugged and mountainous, with fertile lowlands in the west. Language: Korean. Currency: won. Capital: Pyongyang. Pop.: 22 776 000 (2004 est.). Area: 122 313 sq. km (47 225 sq. miles)
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In an unusual step, the resolution also expresses concerns about the DPRK abusing the privileges and immunities accorded to diplomats under the Vienna Convention on diplomatic and consular relations.
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Ambassador Nikki Haley arranged a compromise with China and Russia to impose the most severe sanctions to date on the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea], essentially a unanimous Security Council vote condemning the continued DPRK nuclear weapons and missile development programs, missile flights over other countries, and threats against ROK, Japan, and the U.
The UNSC referred to the latest launch as a "manifest violation" of Security Council resolutions that comes less than two weeks after the DPRK conducted a test of a nuclear device on 3 September and only three days after the Security Council unanimously adopted fresh sanctions against the country.
We continue to urge the DPRK to comply with its obligations under the UN Security Council resolutions and to refrain from actions that could lead to escalation of tensions in the region and beyond,' a ministry's statement said.
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