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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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and Democratic People's Republic of Korea contacts should be supportive of and consonant with North-South rapprochement.
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PYONGYANG -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday again denied the South Korean military's accusation of shelling the south, and blasted Seoul for fabricating such an incident.
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The Republic of Korea's (ROK) reported plans recently to deploy surveillance radar to a northwestern island in order to step up monitoring of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Marshal Kim Jong-un the President of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in reply to His Majesty's congratulatory cable to him on the occasion of his country's Independence Day anniversary.
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Muscat, Mar 20 (ONA) Ahmed bin Yousef al Harthy, Foreign Ministry's Undersecretary for Diplomatic Affairs received in his office here today copy of credentials of Re-hyuck Chuck, ambassador of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Mohammed Mahmoud Ben Labat, ambassador of the Republic of Mali, Wusobaini Muno, ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone and al Haj Abdullah Salifou, ambassador of the Republic of Ghana as non-resident ambassadors of their countries to the Sultanate.
DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the official name of North Korea.

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