North Korea

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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

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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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The United States looks at North Korea and thinks in terms of non- proliferation; South Korea looks at North Korea and thinks in terms of preventing a war.
* North Korea is to freeze ("shut down and seal") its nuclear installations at Yongbyon, including the operating five megawatt nuclear reactor and plutonium reprocessing plant.
He specifically cited North Korea, one of the axis members.
In 1950, North Korea, backed by the Communist regimes of the Soviet Union and China, invaded the South.
But there are areas where we must and are finding ways to cooperate North Korea, counterterrorism, global growth to ensure peace, stability and prosperity in the East Asia and around the world.
In 1995, floods cost North Korea US$15 billion in damages, and soil erosion nationwide the next year was estimated at 15 tons per hectare.
One of our key questions was why had North Korea remained standing when so many other totalitarian and Communist regimes had been swept into the pages of history?
At the same time, the South Korean press identified him as the man behind some of North Korea's most heinous acts, such as the bombing of the South Korean cabinet in Burma in 1983 and the blowing up of a South Korean passenger jet in 1987.
Then she will present those exaggerations as being true of all of North Korea. I can understand when the panelists criticize the leaders in North Korea, but I can't understand why they criticize everyday North Koreans.
Since the Korean War and throughout the post-Cold War period, North Korea has consistently promoted two policies: "route to economic independence" and "route to political and military autonomy and self-defense".
Private tourism is banned in North Korea, with sightseers restricted to state-run tours organized by the Korean Heritage International Travel Company.
Forty-six percent of Americans now describe North Korea as an enemy of the U.S., down from 58% in 2013.

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