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North Korea: East Asian Communist State with Nuclear Ambitions
The Korean Empire governed North Korea until it was occupied by Japan after the Russo-Japanese War of 1905. Later on it was divided into Russian and U.S. occupied zones in 1945. In 1948 North Korea refused to participate in a United Nations-supervised election that resulted in the creation of separate Korean governments in the two occupied zones of Korea. After that Kim Il-sung introduced the personal philosophy of Juche or self-reliance that became a guiding light for North Korea's development. This totalitarian governance resulted in rigid control over the government functions and activities. Reports of torture, public executions, slave labour, and forced abortions and infanticides in prison camps have emerged. Recently, the nuclear ambitions of North Korea have caused considerable concern and strains in the world community and led to souring of relations with South Korea.
North Korea Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures
Geographical Information on North Korea: Culture, Cuisine and Tradition Of North Korea:
Tourist Attraction of North Korea: Pyongyang: Pyongyang is the capital of North Korea and it is located on Taedong River. The interesting landmarks in the city are Juche Tower, Children’s Palace, USS Pueblo, the Arch of Triumph and the Korean War Museum. Wonsan:
North Korea shares its borders in the north with China, in the east with the Sea of Japan, in the west with the Yellow Sea, and in the south with the demilitarised zone separating it from the Republic of Korea. Most of the land consists of hills and low mountains and only a small area is cultivable.
North Korea's climate is relatively temperate, with precipitation heavier in summer during a short rainy season and winters that can be bitterly cold.
Culture, Cuisine and Tradition Of North Korea:
Tourist Attraction of North Korea:
Pyongyang: Pyongyang is the capital of North Korea and it is located on Taedong River. The interesting landmarks in the city are Juche Tower, Children’s Palace, USS Pueblo, the Arch of Triumph and the Korean War Museum.
Wonsan:Wonsan is a port city located in the southeast part of the country. Its crystal clear waters and beautiful pine plantations make it a very popular tourist destination
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Seoul, May 3 (IANS) South Korea's foreign reserves grew to a record high of $316.84 billion last month due to an increase in investment profits and a growth in conversion value of non-dollar denominated assets, the central bank said Thursday.
Pyongyang, May 3 (ANI): North Korea has stockpiled enough uranium for six nuclear bombs, an expert has warned.
Washington, May 3 (ANI): The United Nations Security Council has imposed sanctions on three significant North Korean state-owned companies over the country's failed rocket launch last month.
Los Angeles, May 3 (IANS/EFE) Pop idol Enrique Iglesias returns to his native Madrid to offer his first concert in Spain in more than a decade, an event to which he is going after "two weeks without sleeping", he said.
Berlin, May 2(ANI): A group of radical Muslims, also referred to as Salafist jihadists, attacked police in the German city of Solingen on Tuesday during a far-right rally, which displayed anti-Islamic cartoons.
Washington, May 2 (ANI): In testing older patients' blood vitamin D levels, there is ambiguity about where the dividing line falls between enough and not enough.
Los Angeles, May 2 (IANS) Spanish Singer Julio Iglesias's eldest daughter Chabeli gave birth to her second child, Sofia, but he knew nothing about the new addition in the family.
Tehran, May 1 (IANS) Iran finished overall winners at the Asian Weightlifting Championships Tuesday.
Washington, May 1 (ANI): US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda have warned North Korea that its 'old pattern of provocation' has now ended.
Wellington, May 1 (ANI): A US man has filed suit against BMW, claiming that the 'ridge like' seat gave him long lasting erections.
Seoul, May 1 (IANS) South Korea's consumer price growth slowed to 2.5 percent in April, a report showed Tuesday.
Islamabad, May 1 (ANI): Pakistan has summoned a senior U.S. diplomat to lodge a formal protest over the recent drone attack in North Waziristan Agency, igniting fresh tensions between the two countries.
Islamabad, Apr 30 (ANI): A fresh drone strike by the Central Investigation Agency in Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency have drawn speculations of a set back in vital negotiations between the already strenuous U.S.-Pak relationship.
New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Passenger car market leader Maruti Suzuki Monday dispatched its one millionth vehicle, a red coloured hatchback A-star, for delivery in Denmark.
Pyongyang, Apr 30 (ANI): The United States has reportedly warned its allies that North Korea is building up to carrying out a nuclear test this week.
Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): Marvel's epic superhero super-group flick 'The Avengers Assemble' recorded the third highest opening of all time in the UK on Thursday, according to The Nme.
Seoul, April 30 (IANS) South Korea's industrial output growth plunged last month due to weak demand at home and abroad caused by high oil prices and economic slowdown in China, a government report showed Monday.
Caracas, April 30 (IANS/EFE) Japan and South Korea plan to invest nearly $14 billion in various energy projects in Venezuela, Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez said.
Moscow, April 29 (IANS) About 25,000 metric tonnes - or 62 percent - of Russia's chemical weapons haf been destroyed till April 29, RIA Novosti reported Sunday.
Seoul, April 29 (Xinhua) -- South Korea will send a group of government officials, scholars and civic activists to the United States to look into the latest outbreak of mad cow disease amid growing food safety concerns at home, the farm ministry here said Sunday.
Tehran, Apr 29 (Xinhua-ANI): Iran has found a new natural gas field in the country's southwestern province of Khuzestan which is estimated to contain reserves as much as the South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Sunday.
Tehran, April 29 (IANS) Iran has discovered a major gas field, a media report said Sunday.
Beijing, April 29 (IANS) China has launched a tourist train connecting the country's northeastern Tumen county and the picturesque Chilbo mountain in neighbouring North Korea.
Singapore, April 28 (IANS) India slipped down on the final day of the Queen Sirikit Cup golf here Saturday as all three players succumbed under pressure.
Islamabad, Apr 28 (ANI): The latest talks on ending a diplomatic deadlock between the United States and Pakistan ended in failure on Friday over Pakistan's demands for an unconditional apology from the United States for the deadly airstrike by NATO craft in its territory.
Pyongyang, Apr 28 (Xinhua-ANI): Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un recently observed a combined military exercise marking the 80th anniversary of the Korean People's Army (KPA), the official news agency KCNA said Saturday.
London, April 27 (IANS) An American woman was banned from Facebook after she posted photos of her son affected with Down's syndrome. The social network, which termed the pictures "inappropriate", has now apologised.
Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), the Central University of Delhi on Friday conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters to United Nations Secretary-General Ban-ki-moon in convocation program here........
Moscow, April 27 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Russian was Friday sentenced by a court to 19 years in jail over a market bombing in 2010 that killed 19 people.
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said here Friday that despite the challenges involved he trusted India to build and strengthen partnerships with her neighbours and saw a "future of steadily warmer ties" in this region.
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was Friday conferred an honorary degree of doctor of letters at Jamia Millia Islamia here and told his audience that "when I am in India, I am at home".
London, Apr 27 (ANI): An average person will fall in love four times in their life, a new study has revealed.
Pyongyang, Apr 26 (ANI): Six ominous new North Korean missiles showcased at a lavish military parade were fake, according to analysts.
New York, Apr 26 (ANI): Josh Kelley and wife Katherine Heigl have reportedly added another child to their growing brood.
New York, April 26 (IANS) Actress Katherine Heigl and her husband Josh Kelley have adopted another baby girl, says her representative.
Seoul, April 26 (IANS) South Korea's gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.9 percent in the first quarter from three months earlier, the central bank said Thursday.
Pyongyang, April 25 (IANS) North Korea Wednesday marked the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army (KPA), Xinhua reported.
Pyongyang, April 25 (Xinhua-ANI): The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a national meeting on Wednesday to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army (KPA).
Beijing, April 25 (Xinhua-ANI): The Chinese government announced Wednesday that it has approved the establishment of an international cooperative demonstration zone in northeast Jilin province to boost cross-border cooperation in the region.
London, April 25 (IANS) The British men's football team has been handed out a tough draw in the 2012 London Games.
Pyongyang, Apr 25 (ANI): North Korea has almost completed preparations for a third nuclear test after it failed to launch long-range missile last month, according to a report.
London, April 25 (ANI): Football club Sheffield United has suspended reserve player Connor Brown after he posted an insulting comment about a rape victim on Twitter.
Seoul, April 25 (IANS) South Korea's consumer confidence rose for three straight months in April, the central bank said Wednesday.
Washington, Apr 25 (ANI): Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney is in full general election mode, having won primaries in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York.
Moscow, April 24 (IANS) Russia's military leadership has for the first time acknowledged a nuclear threat from Iran and North Korea.
Singapore, April 24 (IANS) Aditi Ashok, Gurbani Singh and Raksha Phadke will represent India at the 34th Queen Sirikit Cup at the Tanah Merah Country Club here April 25-27.
Washington, April 24 (ANI): Lady Gaga, who flew to Korea on Thursday to perform in Seoul later this week, has compared jet lag to "bad shrooms".
Washington, April 24 (IANS) The White House has accused China of supplying North Korea with technology for a missile launcher that was showcased in a military parade in Pyongyang last week.
London, Apr 24 (ANI): India has become the top 'spam-spewing nation' on the planet, overtaking the United States, according to a report.
Moscow, April 23 (IANS) A man in Russia, proclaiming to be "God", set himself ablaze and landed in hospital in a critical condition with 70 percent burns, RIA Novosti reported.
Seoul, April 23 (Xinhua-ANI): South Korea and the United States are scheduled to hold defense talks involving discussions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s failed rocket launch earlier this month, the defense ministry here said Monday.
Los Angeles, April 23 (IANS) Actor Zac Efron is thankful that he clicked well with his on-screen girlfriend Taylor Schilling in "The Lucky One", and says he learnt a lot from during the movie's shooting.
Beijing, April 23 (IANS) Deaths from gastric cancer are expected to steadily rise over the next two decades in China as the disease proliferates, said a Chinese cancer expert.
Pyongyang, April 23 (IANS) North Korea has threatened to launch 'special operations' against South Korea's president, the official KCNA news agency said Monday.
Colombo, Apr 23 (Xinhua-ANI): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for South Korea on Monday for a four-day official visit that will focus on increasing trade ties between the two countries.
Pyongyang, Apr 23 (Xinhua-ANI): The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) threatened to launch "special operations" against South Korea's conservative president, the official KCNA news agency said Monday.
Pretoria, Apr 23 (ANI): South Africa's Deputy Minister of Police has compared former president Nelson Mandela to deceased North Korean leader Kim Il Sung.
Seoul, April 23 (IANS) South Korean firms' profitability weakened last year due to an increase in production costs caused by a rise in global raw material prices, the country's central bank said Monday.
Colombo, April 23 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for South Korea Monday on a four-day official visit that will focus on increasing trade ties between the two countries.
Houston (US), April 22 (Xinhua-ANI): Chinese film and TV makers won a number of top prizes at the 45th Houston International Film Festival here on Saturday.
Perusing the front pages of Delhi newspapers, one gets the impression that the launch of the Agni-V intercontinental missile with a striking range of 5,000 km by India was a prominent but by no means sensational event even for Indians. There have been no overly emotional responses to it outside India either. One can't help drawing a parallel between this calm reaction and the media frenzy surrounding the failed launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea just a week ago. And when something of the kind happens in Iran, the reaction is even stronger.
New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Achanta Sharath Kamal failed to seal the fifth qualifying spot at the ongoing Asian Olympic Qualification Table Tennis Tournament in Hong Kong, when he lost to Kim Song Nam of North Korea, 2-4 (12-10, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6, 8-11, 8-1) Saturday.
London, April 21 (ANI): A weekend lie-in may help reduce risk of obesity in youngsters, say researchers.
Washington, April 21 (IANS) The International Monetary Fund has almost doubled its "fire power" to protect the world economy against deepening debt turmoil in Europe with the Group of 20 nations, including India, pledging $430 billion in new funding.
Moscow, April 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) North Korea will continue satellite launches for peaceful purposes, an official said a week after a failed launch.
New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The World Health Organisation (WHO), which is observing the year of intensification of routine immunisation in Southeast Asia, has said the region will adopt a more aggressive strategy to address the issue of low immunisation.
New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Achanta Sharath Kamal registered a comfortable win over Vietnam's Quyinh Tran Tuan of Vietnam 11-1, 11-9, 11-5, 11-4 in the third round Asian Olympic Qualification Table Tennis Tournament in Hong Kong Friday and is a couple of matches away from sealing a London berth.
Phnom Penh (Cambodia), April 20 (Xinhua-ANI): Cambodia will host regional security meetings next week among the 10-member the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and eight dialogue partners.
Phnom Penh, April 20 (Xinhua-ANI): The number of foreign tourists to Cambodia's Angkor Wat temples, one of the world heritage sites, had increased by 45 percent to 639,800 in the first quarter of this year, statistics of the Siem Reap provincial tourism department revealed on Friday.
Washington, Apr 20 (ANI): Researchers have found a region on Saturn's moon Titan, which is similar to the Etosha Pan in Namibia, Africa.
Warsaw, April 20 (IANS) The organisers of the Euro 2012 football tournament will on Saturday inaugurate a training facility here for volunteers who will be working for the June 8-July 1 event jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
Peshawar, Apr 20(ANI): At least eight people have been killed in intense clashes between the Haqqani Network and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in North Waziristan Agency, local sources have said.
Kabul, Apr 20(ANI): US ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker has called on Pakistan to target the Haqqani Network, saying there was "no question" that the group mounted recent co-ordinated attacks on Kabul and other areas over the weekend.
Washington, Apr 20 (ANI): US Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, claimed that the United States was 'within an inch of war almost every day' in the region around North Korea, and need be 'careful' about what they do or say.
Washington, April 20 (IANS) Refusing to criticise India for the launch of its long-range nuclear-capable missile Agni-V, the United States has contrasted New Delhi's "solid non-proliferation record" with that of North Korea.
Moscow, April 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) North Korea has reportedly threatened military action against South Korea unless Seoul apologises for "insulting" the centenary celebrations of Pyongyang's late founding leader Kim Il-sung.
Moscow, April 19 (IANS /RIA Novosti) South Korea has put into service a new long-range cruise missile, capable of striking missile sites or nuclear installations in any part of neighbouring North Korea, reported Yonhap news agency Thursday citing a senior army officer with the South Korean defence ministry.
London, Apr 19 (ANI): Rihanna's fans were shocked when the singer tweeted a picture that appeared to show her taking drugs.
Colombo, April 19 (Xinhua-ANI): South Korea's government has agreed to provide technical and financial assistance to Sri Lanka for national development till 2015, a government spokesman said on Thursday.
London, Apr 19 (ANI): The oceans were loaded with life 600 million years ago, but the simple, soft-bodied creatures would have been hardly recognizable as the ancestors of almost all animals on Earth today, researchers say.
Pyongyang, April 19 (Xinhua-ANI): Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), has said the country would uphold the ideology of late leader Kim Jong Il in its drive to achieve new victories, the official newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported Thursday.
Seoul, April 19 (IANS) South Korea's corporate bankruptcies fell to an all-time low last month, the central bank said Thursday.
New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Kailash Kher got a chance to perform in Pakistan for the very first time and the singer-composer was overwhelmed by the kind of response he got for his act. Kher says Pakistan is much like India, where people are very warm and friendly.
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) The capital is set to host its first ever international Buddhist film festival, aimed at promoting Buddhist philosophy and aesthetics.
Pyongyang, April 18 (ANI): North Korea has said that it would continue to launch satellites and is not obliged to follow the major agreement with the United States.
Moscow, April 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) North Korea will continue further development of its aerospace technologies, including a satellite programme, despite the UN Security Council condemnation, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) The Indian government has downplayed reports about a proposed construction of an observatory by China in Aksai Chin, a remote part of Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh region it occupied after the 1962 war.
New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Against the backdrop of tensions in South China Sea and China's assertiveness, India and the US Tuesday held their fifth regional dialogue on Asia-Pacific, with US Assistant Secretary Kurt Campbell lauding India's "enormously important" role in the region.
New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) India and the US Tuesday held their fifth regional dialogue on Asia-Pacific to take stock of the present strategic, economic and security situation in the region, amidst rising tension in South China Sea over territorial disputes and a defiant North Korea's failed attempt at a rocket launch.
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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Monday has decided to tighten grip over already zeroed North Korea for its attempt to test long-range ballistic missile albeit the test became failed.
London, Apr 17 (ANI): Strong demand for luxury cars Jaguar and Land Rover has helped to drive sales higher at the Tata Motors Group, which sold 139,655 vehicles in March 2012, up 26 per cent over March 2011.
Washington, April 17 (ANI): A new study has found that mothers born in India but living in Canada are significantly more likely to have male babies for their second and third births compared with women in Canada.
United Nations, April 17 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has strongly condemned North Korea's rocket launch, calling it a serious violation of UN resolutions.
Beijing, April 17 (IANS) China has called for more dialogue and consultations after the UN Security Council (UNSC) Monday strongly condemned North Korea over its failed satellite launch, Xinhua reported.
New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Against the backdrop of tensions in South China Sea and the recent defiant rocket launch by North Korea, India and the US Tuesday will hold a dialogue on issues related to East Asia, part of a string of interactions that seeks to impart a fresh momentum to India-US ties.
London, April 16 (IANS) Google co-founder Sergey Brin has accused social networking website Facebook and computer giant Apple of being the biggest threat to online freedom, even as he said that increased efforts by governments to control access and communication by their citizens also affect the internet.
Pyongyang, Apr 16 (ANI): North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has vowed to continue placing military matters above the economy.
Pyongyang, Apr 16 (ANI): A dozen officials from Iran's controversial ballistic missiles programme visited North Korea last week to observe its latest rocket launch, which ended in failure, it has emerged.