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North Korea, although nominally a republic governed by a representative assembly, is actually ruled by the Communist party (known in Korea as the Korea Workers' party).
North Korea maintained close relations with the Soviet Union and China (military aid treaties were signed with both countries in 1961) but preserved a degree of independence; the Sino-Soviet rift facilitated this.
North Korea launched a medium-range missile over Japan in 1998; in 1999, the United States agreed to ease trade sanctions against the country in exchange for North Korea's agreement to suspend its missile testing.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/world/countries/korea.html?nav=el   (5057 words)

  North Korea - MSN Encarta
North Korea, officially Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, country in northeastern Asia that occupies the northern portion of the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea is bounded on the north by China, on the northeast by Russia, on the east by the East Sea (Sea of Japan), on the south by South Korea, and on the west by the Yellow Sea.
The state of North Korea was established in 1948 as a result of the Soviet military occupation of the northern portion of the peninsula after World War II.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761555092/Korea_North.html   (463 words)

  North Korea and weapons of mass destruction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
North Korea claims to possess nuclear weapons, and it is widely believed to have a substantial arsenal of chemical weapons (deliverable by artillery against South Korea).
North Korea withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2003 after not receiving the promised light water reactors which were going to be delivered by the United States of America in exchange for North Korea not developing their own power plants.
North Korea could be seen as a threat to the region, the U.S. established the "Six Party Talks", inviting North Korea to join the United States, China, Russia, Japan, and South Korea.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/North_Korea_nuclear_weapons_program   (5321 words)

 North Korea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
North Korea is often referred to by Western media sources as a Stalinist, isolationist, and authoritarian country; it uses central planning to implement its economic and social policies.
North Korea is on the northern portion of the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea's estimated population of 23,000,000 is one of the most ethnically and linguistically homogenous in the world, with small numbers of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Eastern European minorities.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/North_Korea   (4446 words)

 North Korea: News & Videos about North Korea - CNN.com
North Korea at risk of famine, says U.N. North Korea may be on the brink of another famine as a result of last year's devastating floods, the worldwide increase in food prices, and a malnourished population, the United Nations warned on Thursday.
North Korea caused an outcry when it test-fired seven missiles, one of which was identified as a Taepodong-2 that has the potential to carry a warhead to the United States.
North Korea appears to be preparing to test-launch a ballistic missile with the range to reach the United States mainland, U.S. and South Korean officials said Tuesday.
topics.edition.cnn.com /topics/north_korea   (3576 words)

 North Korea (02/08)
North Korea's 1972 constitution was amended in late 1992 and in September 1998.
In October 2002, a U.S. delegation confronted North Korea with the assessment that the D.P.R.K. was pursuing a uranium enrichment program, in violation of North Korea's obligations under the NPT and its commitments in the 1992 North-South Joint Declaration on Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the Agreed Framework.
North Korea's economy declined sharply in the 1990s with the end of communism in Eastern Europe, the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of bloc-trading with the countries of the former socialist bloc.
www.state.gov /r/pa/ei/bgn/2792.htm   (8059 words)

 State Sponsors: North Korea - Council on Foreign Relations
North Korea has not been associated with any acts of terrorism since 1987, when it was linked to the bombing of a Korean Airlines flight.
It has been reported that North Korea sold ballistic-missile technology to Iran and Syria, both of which are on the U.S. State department’s list of sponsors of terrorism, and Libya, which was removed from the list in 2006.
North Korea’s ambiguous statement in October 2002 about possessing weapons more powerful than nuclear weapons has led experts to interpret this as a declaration of possessing biological/chemical weapons.
www.cfr.org /publication/9364   (1361 words)

 Korea, North: History, Geography, Government, and Culture — Infoplease.com
North Korea, one of the world's most secretive societies, has been accused of egregious human-rights violations, including summary executions, torture, inhumane conditions in prison camps, which hold up to 200,000 prisoners, and denial of freedom of expression and movement.
In late December 2002, North Korea expelled UN weapons inspectors from the country, and in January 2003 it announced it was officially withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
North Korea went a step further in October, announcing it would disable its nuclear facilities and disclose to international monitors an accounting of all of its nuclear programs by the end of 2007.
www.infoplease.com /ipa/A0107686.html   (1990 words)

 North Korea News - Breaking World North Korea News - The New York Times
North Korea is the last Stalinist state on earth, and the latest country to join the nuclear club.
North Korea said that the United States had agreed to lift economic sanctions and remove it from a list of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism.
North Korea said Sunday night that it had set off its first nuclear test, becoming the eighth country in history, and arguably the most unstable and most dangerous, to proclaim that it has joined the club of nuclear weapons states.
topics.nytimes.com /top/news/international/countriesandterritories/northkorea/index.html?inline=nyt-geo   (1522 words)

 Human Rights Watch: Asia : Democratic People's Republic of Korea
North Korea is again dominating headlines by signing a deal to close its main nuclear reactor and allow international inspectors to return in exchange for energy and economic assistance.
The North Korean law governing the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC), a new industrial joint venture between North Korea and South Korean companies, should be amended to ensure adequate protections of basic workers’ rights, Human Rights Watch said in a new briefing paper released today.
While South Korea is now led by a former human rights activist, has a government sprinkled with civil libertarians, and has made the difficult transition to a functioning democracy, when it comes to dealing with North Korea, it is still weighed down by the past.
hrw.org /doc?t=asia&c=nkorea   (1205 words)

 North Korea Map, Korean Land Information, Pyongyang Travel Information, North Korea Facts and Geography - worldatlas.com
North Korea, under its founder President KIM Il Sung, established a socialist economy and a self-reliance policy in foreign policy and national defense.
North and South Korea are as different as fl and white when economies, living conditions and personal freedoms are compared, but on the Korean Peninsula today there are millions of people still hoping for the eventual reunification of their common culture and extended families.
North Korea is bordered by China, Russia and South Korea, and by the Korean Bay, Yellow Sea and East Sea (Sea of Japan).
www.worldatlas.com /webimage/countrys/asia/kp.htm   (913 words)

 North Korea travel guide - Wikitravel
It borders China to the north, Russia to the northeast and South Korea to the south.
North Korea's long-range missile development and research into nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and massive conventional armed forces are of major concern to the international community.
Citizens of South Korea are normally not permitted to visit North Korea except the special tourism zone in Kumgang and now on tours to Kaesong.
wikitravel.org /en/North_Korea   (4304 words)

 Human Rights Watch: Asia : Democratic People's Republic of Korea
North Korea is again dominating headlines by signing a deal to close its main nuclear reactor and allow international inspectors to return in exchange for energy and economic assistance.
In an ominous hardening of policy, North Korea appears to be punishing its citizens with longer sentences in abusive prisons if they are caught crossing the border to China or have been forcibly repatriated by Beijing, Human Rights Watch said in a new briefing paper released today.
Anyone imprisoned in North Korea is liable to face abusive conditions including beatings, forced labor, and starvation far worse than among the population at large.
www.hrw.org /doc?t=asia&c=nkorea   (1061 words)

 North Korea - Amnesty International
The third round of six-party talks (involving North and South Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the USA) aimed at persuading North Korea to cease its nuclear weapons programme met in Beijing in June, but little progress was achieved.
North Korea refused to attend a fourth round scheduled for September.
North Koreans forcibly repatriated from China were detained and interrogated in detention centres or police stations operated by the National Security Agency or the People’s Safety Agency.
web.amnesty.org /report2005/prk-summary-eng   (1337 words)

 Index of Economic Freedom
North Korea's economy is 3 percent free, according to our 2007 assessment, which makes it the world's least free economy, or 157th out of 157 countries.
North Korea is ranked 30th out of 30 countries in the Asia–Pacific region, and its overall score is the lowest in the world.
North Korea does not score well in a single area of economic freedom, although it does score 10 percent in investment freedom and property rights.
www.heritage.org /research/features/index/country.cfm?id=KoreaNorth   (917 words)

 RAND | Hot Topics | North Korea
North Korea's declaration that it has nuclear weapons is bad news not just for the United States, but for China.
Those ready to pursue regime change in North Korea argue that President Kim Jong Il's actions demonstrate the futility of negotiations and the necessity of an international effort to isolate and pressure his regime to hasten its downfall, write Bruce Bennett and Nina Hachigian.
While the clean-up of the war in Iraq dominates the news today, the unresolved North Korea crisis could mean nuclear war for the United States, according to Nina Hachigian and Bruce Bennett.
www.rand.org /hot_topics/northkorea.html   (1393 words)

 The EU's relations with Democratic People's Republic of Korea-DPRK (North Korea) - Overview
In March 2002, North Korea sent a group of senior officials to Europe to learn about EU economic policy models.
ECHO assistance to North Korea started in 1995, when serious flooding which affected 5.7 million people led the DPRK to appeal for the first time for international aid.
As mentioned by the EU Declaration of 18 October 2002, the North Korean nuclear programme is a serious breach of the DPRK’s international non-proliferation commitments.
europa.eu.int /comm/external_relations/north_korea/intro/index.htm   (1017 words)

 When North Korea Falls
In short, North Korea’s potential for anarchy is equal to that of Iraq, and the potential for the deployment of weapons of mass destruction—either during or after pre-collapse fighting—is far greater.
North Korea is reportedly plagued by the same phenomenon outside of its showcase capital.
North Korea probably reached Phase Four in the mid-1990s, but was saved by subsidies from China and South Korea, as well as by famine aid from the United States.
www.theatlantic.com /doc/200610/kaplan-korea   (2154 words)

 North Korea--Christian Persecution in North Korea   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Ongoing – North Korean refugees continue to report the horrible abuse of Christian prisoners in North Korea.
One of them, a North Korean who had gained South Korean citizenship, is in danger of being deported to North Korea as well.
Pray for the Christians of North Korea that they may be protected from harm and that the Christian message may be heard and received by all.
www.persecution.org /Countries/north_korea.html   (959 words)

 Scientists probe North Korea nuke test - Science - MSNBC.com
North Korean Worker's Party flags and a billboard celebrating the ninth anniversary of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's appointment as head of the party on Oct. 8 are decorated in Pyongyang Monday, Oct. 9, 2006.
North Korea boasted in the day, one day after the anniversary, that it successfully tested a nuclear weapon.
While the French atomic agency estimated around 1 kiloton and South Korea's geological institute half of that, Russia's defense minister expressed "no doubt" that North Korea detonated a nuclear test and said the force of the underground blast was equivalent to 5,000 to 15,000 tons of TNT.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/15198897   (771 words)

 North Korea   (Site not responding. Last check: )
North Korea is rated "Not Free" by Freedom House.
Revealed: the gas chamber horror of North Korea's gulag - Entire families are gassed in Camp 22.
In North Korea, there is starvation and cannibalism, just as there was in the Soviet Union.
markhumphrys.com /north.korea.html   (828 words)

 NTI: Country Overviews: North Korea: Profile
North Korea tested its first nuclear device on 9 October 2006 after ousting inspectors in December 2002 and withdrawing from the NPT in January of 2003.
North Korea's nuclear infrastructure started taking shape in the 1950’s with North Korea conducting research radioactive isotopes for use in industry, agriculture, and medicine at the newly established Academy of Sciences (1952).
North Korea's chemical weapons production capability is estimated to be about 4,500 tons per year, and Pyongyang appears to have emphasized the weaponization of mustard, phosgene, sarin, and V-type chemical agents.
www.nti.org /e_research/profiles/NK/index.html   (1471 words)

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