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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
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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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President Aliyev thanked for the greetings of the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Jong-un and the president of the Presidium of the country`s Supreme People's Assembly, and asked the ambassador to extend his greetings to the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Jong-un and the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly.
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"The Security Council welcomes the steps and contacts between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK)," Kazakhstan's ambassador to the United Nations Khairat Umarov, whose country holds the monthly presidency of the Security Council, said in a press statement.
The statement said that Mongolia welcomes the high-level meeting held today between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea.
Usually, the ambassador to China is also the nonresident ambassador to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the official name of North Korea.
The KCNA noted that the reception was held to mark the 69th anniversary of foundation of Democratic People's Republic of Korea, that had been celebrated on Saturday.
Islamabad -- Pakistan has condemned the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday.
Dubai, Rabi'I 28, 1437, Jan 8, 2016, SPA -- The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned in the strongest terms the hydrogen bomb test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and said it would pose a real threat to international security and stability.

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