North Korea

North Korea, officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang the capital and the largest city in the country.

Along the west coast there are wide coastal plains, while along the Sea of Japan (East Sea) coastline (North Korea’s lowest point at 0 m), narrow plains rise into mountains. Similar to South Korea, dozens of small islands dot the western coastline. North Korea’s longest river is the Yulu (Yalu).

Key Cities

Key cities in North Korea include Pyongyang, Hamhung, Chongjin, Nampo, Wonsan, Sinuiju, Tanchon, and Kaechon.

Historical, Cultural facts & Religion

The history of North Korea began at the end of World War II in 1945. The surrender of Japan led to the division of Korea at the 38th parallel, with the Soviet Union occupying the north, and the United States occupying the south.  Kim Il-sung led North Korea until his death in 1994.

The compound religious strains of shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism have deep roots in Korean culture. Although the country has received continuous streams of foreign cultural influence mainly from China, Koreans have kept their identity and maintained and developed its unique language and customs.

Brief Country History

North Korea’s global prominence seems to be dwarfed when compared to its southern counterpart. Nonetheless, with the stability with the region at stake, the Democratic Peoples Republic also looms as an important factor in regional and global affairs. The armed forces total 800,000 and one million full-time personnel. The significance of this statistic is that it numbers 4% of the entire North Korean population. During the Cold War, CIA world fact Book Writes that the DPRK was able to preserve a “considerable measure of policy independence” from the two major communist powers and rivals China and the former USSR, by playing one side against the other. This was a major feat considering the close proximity of three nations and with the DPRK still, be relatively free of “satellite” status that characterized the Soviet’s Eastern European bloc. By 1990, North Korea was recognized by the 103 nation. However, the country as an aggressor due to several incidents that included the attempted assassination of President Park Chung Hee in 1968 and with President Chun Doo Hwan in a diplomatic visit to Burma. The concern I have with Korea foreign relations is the future. With the US and USSR or RUSSIA global chess game a thing of the past, I see a unified Korea just waiting to happen. However, it will happen is yet to be seen. Will it is a peaceful unification like when communist East Germany was incorporated to its western counterpart, or will it be marred by military conflict and exhaustion such as when the U.S. backed South Vietnam fell to the communist North? Whatever it takes place, Korean relations will directly affect three major world powers: the potential and military superpower China, the surviving cold war superpower the United States, and economic superpower Japan.

Language (s) Written & Spoken

The Korean language is an East Asian language spoken by about 77 million people. It is a Korean is spoken by the Korean people in North Korea and South Korea and by the Korean diaspora in many countries.

Important Types of Commerce in North Korea

North Korea has one of the least open and highly centralized economies which is characterized by a market allocation system. Textiles, food processing, machine building, military products, mining, metallurgy, and petrochemicals are major industries. North Korea has abundant hydroelectric resources and is rich in minerals, especially uranium, zinc, coal, lead, iron ore, graphite, manganese, copper, and gold.

Language Services US and others will provide working with North Korea

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