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Democratic People's Republic of Korea
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Location  Asia
Capital  Pyongyang
Area  120,538 sq km
Population  25,381,085
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  • Since 7 January 2013 foreign visitors to North Korea are for the first time being allowed to take their own mobile phones with them into the country. Visitors can now buy a SIM card at the airport, which will let them make international calls. But they cannot make local calls or go online.

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  • The Associated Press, an American news agency, formally opened a news bureau in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang on 16 January 2012. It is the first international news organization with a full-time presence to cover news from North Korea in words, pictures and video.[1]

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  • North Korea successfully launched an earth observation satellite Kwangmyongsong-4 into orbit on 7 February 2016.

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  • North and South Korea held highly anticipated family reunions, from 20 to 25 February 2014, since they were separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. It was the first such event since 2010.[2]

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  • North Korea opened up mobile Internet access to visiting foreigners from 25 February 2013.

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  • North Korea is one of the 11 South Asian countries declared polio-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 27 March 2014. The region has been maintaining its polio-free status for the last 3 years.[3]

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  • An online commercial service system, called Okryu, was launched in North Korea, as announced on 2 April 2015 by its official news agency KCNA.

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  • The leaders of North and South Korea on 26 April 2018 committed themselves to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and pledged to bring a formal end to the Korean War. The declaration came following the historic summit when Kim Jong Un became the first North Korean leader to cross into South Korean territory since 1953 and met the South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
  • Koryolink, North Korea’s sole 3G cellular service provider, has officially launched its 3G service, as reported on 26 April 2013.[4]

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  • First ferry service between North Korea and Russia opened on 18 May 2017 aimed at serving tourists and workers. The vessel, called the Mangyongbong, will sail once a week between the Russian port of Vladivostok and the North Korean port of Rajin.

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  • North and South Korea hold their first talks in two years on 9 June 2013, confronting decades of mutual distrust in a search for some positive end to months of recent military tensions. This meeting was also aimed to lay the groundwork for a revival of stalled economic cooperation projects between the two Koreas.[5]

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  • North Korea qualified for the Soccer World Cup 2010 for the first time since 1966 following a goalless draw against Saudi Arabia on June 17, 2009. The 2010 FIFA World Cup was the second World Cup appearance in their history.[6]

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  • North and South Korea received the 2018 Luxembourg Peace Prize in the Outstanding Peace Process category in recognition of the ongoing peace process between the two neighbouring countries.[7]

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  • Historic monuments and sites in Kaesong, North Korea, including sites from the country's Koryo Dynasty from the 10th to 14th centuries, were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 23 June 2013.[8]

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  • North and South Korea reopened a maritime communication channel on 1 July 2018, with vessels from the two countries making radio contact for the first time in a decade.

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  • North Korea's economy grew at its fastest pace in 17 years due to a jump in exports and increased production in mining and other industries. Gross domestic product grew by 3.9% in 2016 compared with the previous year, according to the official figures revealed on 21 July 2017.
  • North Korea beat South Korea 2-1 in an inter-Korean football showdown at the Women's East Asian Cup on 21 July 2013. The match took place against a backdrop of lingering tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula.

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  • A cease fire was issued between South Korea and North Korea on July 27, 1953 ending the Korean War. The Korean War, also known as the first military clash of the Cold War, took place between South Korea, supported by the United Nations, and North Korea, supported by the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the Soviet Union.

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  • Ryang Chun Hwa of North Korea took the Olympic bronze in the women's 48-kilogram weight division, lifting a combined total of 192kg, at the London Olympic Games on 28 July 2012.[9]

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  • It is all golden affairs for North Korea at the London Olympics on 29 July 2012 - Om Yun Chol won Weightlifting gold medal in the men's 56-kilogram category and An Kum Ae won Judo gold medal in the women's 52-kilogram category.[10]

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  • North Korea claimed their third Olympic gold medal at the London 2012 Games after Kim Un Guk triumphed in the men's 62kg weightlifting. The 23-year-old's 153kg snatch equaled the world's best and broke the Olympic record.[10]

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  • North Korea claimed their third weightlifting gold medal at the London Olympic Games on 1 August 2012 as Rim Jong Sim won the women's 69kg title by a 5kg margin.[10]

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  • North Korea has unveiled its first home-built smartphone, the Arirang, as reported by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 11 August 2013.[11]

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  • Jong Sim Rim of North Korea won gold in Women's 75kg Weightlifting at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

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  • RI Se Gwang of North Korea won the Men's Vault Artistic Gymnastics gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

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  • Ri Ssong Gum of North Korea won gold in Women's 48kg Weightlifting at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia on 20 August 2018.

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  • North Korean shooter Pak Myong-won won the gold medal in the men's 10-meter running target mixed competition at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia on 25 August 2018.

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  • North Korean shooter Li Ho-jun won the gold medal in the 50 meter rifle prone event at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich on August 28, 1972. It was the first ever Olympic gold medal for North Korea.[12]

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  • Officials from Japan and North Korea held their first government-to-government talks in four years on 29 August 2012. The talks are being held at the Japanese Embassy in China for preliminary discussions to pave the way for full-fledged talks in the future covering a broader agenda. It is a significant milestone as the countries currently do not have formal diplomatic relations.

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  • North Korea launched its first cruise ship in 2011. The cruise ship set sail on its maiden tour on August 31, 2011 carrying about 130 passengers from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border.[13]


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  • North Korea and Iran signed a scientific and technological cooperation agreement on 1 September 2012 in Tehran in the presence of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and North Korea's second in command, Kim Yong Nam.[14]

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  • North and South Korea restarted operations at Kaesong industrial zone on 16 September 2013, five months after it was closed by soaring military tensions and threats of war between the two neighbors.[15]

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  • North Korean weightlifter Om Yun Chol created a new world record in the clean and jerk, lifting 170 kilograms in the men's 56-kilogram class at the 2014 Asian Games.
  • Pyongyang International Film Festival, the only chance to see a wide array of foreign films on the big screen — from Britain, Germany and elsewhere – in North Korea, was opened on 20 September 2012. The festival is held in every two years and under the current political situation, it's the only time foreigners are allowed into North Korean theaters to watch movies alongside locals.[16]

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  • North Korea won the silver medal in the women's team artistic gymnastics at the Incheon Asian Games on 22 September 2014.

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  • North Korea won the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Women’s Championship by defeating South Korea 2-0 in the final in Chonburi, Thailand on 23 September 2017.[17]

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  • North Korea conducted its first nuclear test on October 9, 2006. North Korea is the eighth country in the world to successfully develop and test nuclear weapon.

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  • North Korea and China on 15 October 2015 opened a border trade zone, the latest effort to boost economic ties between the countries. Chinese people living within 20 kilometers of the trade zone in Dandong can buy North Korean goods without paying import tax if they spend less than 8,000 yuan (US$1,250) per day.
  • The Munsu Water Park, a water amusement park in Pyongyang that has been under construction since early 2013, opened with a ceremony on 15 October 2013.[18]

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  • North Korea's women's U-17 football team won the FIFA World Cup for the second time on 21 October 2016 beating Japan in penalty kicks 5-4 (0-0) in Jordan.[19]

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  • The tradition of making North Korean kimchi was added to the 2015 UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Kimchi is a dish made with various vegetables, including wild greens, as well as spices, fruit, meat, fish or fermented seafood before undergoing lactic fermentation.[20]

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  • North Korea on 12 December 2012 successfully launched a long-range Unha rocket to put its first satellite, North Korean Kwangmyŏngsŏng weather satellite, into space the aim of what critics say is a disguised ballistic missile test.[21]

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  • North Korean women’s football team ended 2016 as the third highest ranked Asian national team according to the December FIFA listing released on 23 December 2016.[22]

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  • North Korea on 29 December 2014 signed a sports exchange protocol with China for 2015. The agreement included 18 sports exchange programs covering football, shooting, judo and involved 585 people including coaches, athletes and physical educators from both countries.[23]

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References


  1. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/ASSOCIATED_PRESS_NKOREA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
  2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26252563
  3. http://www.searo.who.int/mediacentre/releases/2014/pr1569/en/
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22308353
  5. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10108448/North-and-South-Korea-hold-first-talks-for-two-years.html
  6. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/internationals/8106203.stm
  7. https://luxembourgpeaceprize.org/laureates/outstanding-peace-process/2018-north-south-korea/
  8. http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1047
  9. http://www.london2012.com/weightlifting/event/women-48kg/index.html
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 http://www.london2012.com/country/north-korea/medals.html
  11. http://www.northkoreatech.org/2013/08/12/kim-jong-un-visits-cell-phone-factory/
  12. http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/summer/1972/SHO/mixed-small-bore-rifle-prone-50-metres.html
  13. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/8734337/North-Korea-woos-tourists-with-launch-of-first-cruise-ship.html
  14. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/09/20129253022915622.html
  15. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24104774
  16. http://www.pyongyanginternationalfilmfestival.com/
  17. http://www.fifa.com/womens-football/news/y=2017/m=9/news=trio-through-to-uruguay-as-korea-dpr-retain-title-2909036.html
  18. http://www.businessinsider.com.au/north-koreas-new-pyongyang-water-park-2013-10
  19. http://www.fifa.com/u17womensworldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=korea-dpr-snatch-the-title-on-dramatic-final-day-2845526.html
  20. http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/news/twenty-elements-added-to-the-representative-list-of-the-intangible-cultural-heritage-of-humanity-00162
  21. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/12/us-korea-north-rocket-idUSBRE8BB02K20121212
  22. http://www.the-afc.com/australia-japan-dpr-korea/australia-japan-dpr-korea-women-end-2016-in-fifa-top-10
  23. https://in.news.yahoo.com/china-north-korea-sign-sports-exchange-agreement-080804030.html