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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
Seoul, May 19 (IANS) North Korea Sunday fired a short-range missile into the East Sea, even as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was concerned over Pyongyang's latest missile launches and urged the regime to return to the talks on its controversial nuclear programme.
Moscow, May 19 (Xinhua-ANI): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to return to the negotiating table with international mediators.
Paris, May 19 (IANS) DPR Korea's Kim Hyok Bong and Kim Jong claimed the mixed doubles title at the World Table Tennis Championships here.
Moscow, May 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Sunday said he was concerned over North Korea's latest short-range missile launches and called on Pyongyang to return to the six-party talks on its controversial nuclear programme.
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Libya's new government, formed in 2011 after four decades of Muammar Gaddafi's dictatorial rule, is keen to take India's help in the drafting of a constitution and economic rebuilding, the Libyan envoy here has said.
Tokyo, May 19 (IANS) While confirming North Korea's missile launches Saturday, the Japanese government clarified none of the missiles landed in its territorial waters, Xinhua reported.
Seoul, May 18 (IANS) North Korea Saturday launched three short-range guided missiles into the Sea of Japan, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing South Korea's defence ministry.
Beijing, May 18 (Xinhua-ANI): The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Saturday launched three short-range guided missiles into the Sea of Japan, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing South Korea's defense ministry.
Beijing, May 18 (Xinhua-ANI): Japanese government confirmed the DPRK's missile launches on Saturday, saying none of the missiles have landed in Japan's territorial waters, Kyodo news agency reported.
Paris, May 18 (IANS) Top seed and defending champion Ding Ning led five Chinese to the quarterfinals of the women's singles event at the World Table Tennis Championships here.
Beijing, May 18 (Xinhua-ANI): President Barack Obama intends to nominate Army Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti to succeed Army Gen. James Thurman as the commander of the U.S. Forces in Korea, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Friday at a Pentagon press conference.
Seoul, May 17 (IANS/RIA Novosti) North Korea may have up to 200 mobile missile launchers, or twice the number previously estimated by South Korea's authorities, South Korean media reported Friday.
Singapore, May 17 (IANS) Singapore's non-oil domestic exports, a key gauge of the trade hub's export performance, fell by 1 percent year-on-year in April, trade promotion agency International Enterprise Singapore said Friday.
Asia will one day be filled with 'millions of men desperate for women', researchers warned last week.
Paris, May 16 (IANS) Canadian Adham Sharara was re-elected as president of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) during the World Championships here.
Mumbai, May 16 (IANS) With India opening up the retail trade sector to overseas investment, the University of Southern California is offering a master of science degree programme in global supply chain management through the SP Jain Institute here.
Moscow, May 16 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The detention of an alleged CIA agent in Moscow by Russian counter-intelligence will not threaten relations between Russia and the US, "the world's two largest nuclear superpowers", a Russian senator said.
Oslo, May 15 (IANS) Norway welcomed India and five other countries after they secured permanent observer status in the inter-governmental forum Arctic Council Wednesday.
Kiruna (Sweden), May 15 (IANS) India and China Wednesday got observer status in the Arctic Council along with four other countries.
Washington, May 14 (ANI): A new study has found that people are worse at predicting whether a sports team will win, lose, or tie when they bet on the final score than when they bet on the overall outcome.
Kingston (Jamaica), May 14 (IANS/CMC) Sprint legend Usain Bolt has announced that he will compete at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich in August.
Brisbane, May 13 (ANI): North Korea has replaced its hardline defence chief Kim Kyok Sik with a little-known army general.
Islamabad, May 12 (IANS) At least 15 people were killed and four others injured Sunday when the gas cylinder of a passenger van exploded in Pakistan's northwest tribal region, a media report said.
Washington, May 12 (ANI): SUV maker Chrysler Group LLC is reportedly recalling a total of 4,69,000 models following discoveries that their circuit boards have transmitted signals bringing about gearshifts to neutral positions.
Bangalore, May 11 (IANS) Chitra Magimairaj topped the league here Saturday with an all-win record to qualify along with second placed Neena Praveen for the six-red snooker competition in the Asian Indoor Games (AIG) to be held at Incheon, Korea from June 29 to July 6.
New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) India spends only 0.9 percent of its GDP on research and development, which is much below China, Britain and Israel, and needs to step up expenditure on this front, President Pranab Mukherjee said Saturday.
Washington, May 11 (ANI): The spire on top of the new 1 World Trade Center has made it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
Washington, May 11 (ANI): Basketball star Dennis Rodman has said he is going back to North Korea for another up-front-and-close meeting dictator Kim Jong-un to talk about freeing a jailed American.
Washington, May 11 (ANI): The architect of Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme, Abdul Qadeer Khan has said Pyongyang could "no doubt" have perfected a nuclear weapon and long-range missile warheads.
Seoul, May 10 (IANS/RIA Novosti) South Korean President Park Geun-hye's recent visit to the United States is a "prelude to war", North Korea has said.
Wellington, May 10 (ANI): South Korea has turned notorious in adding photoshop effects, emulating its northern counterpart in its attempts to photoshop a photo claiming to show South Korean President Park Geun-hye and US President Barack Obama shaking hands.
Seoul, May 10 (IANS) South Korea's import prices edged up last month as the depreciation of the South Korean currency offset the effect from lower crude oil prices, central bank data showed Friday.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is all set to talk to the India community in US via satellite in North America from state capitl of Gandhinagar on Sunday.
London, May 10 (ANI): Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' daughter, Suri, is all set to bring out her very own fashion line.
London, May 9 (IANS) Hundreds of Hindus carrying ornate pots known as 'kumbhs' will parade through London, Manchester, Leicester and Dudley over the next three weeks.
Hanoi, May 9 (IANS) Vietnam has suspended the use of Quinvaxem vaccine until the World Health Organisation (WHO) gives a report, following the death of nine children after receiving the vaccine since November 2012, state media reported.
Seoul, May 9 (IANS) South Korea's central bank unexpectedly cut its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 2.5 percent Thursday, altering the policy rate for the first time in seven months.
Seoul, May 9 (IANS) South Korea's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 2.5 percent Thursday, altering the base rate for the first time in seven months.
Seoul, May 8 (IANS) South Korea planned to unveil a set of measures to boost venture companies in a bid to help them create jobs and bolster economic growth, the nation's top economic policymaker said Wednesday.
Seoul, May 8 (Xinhua-ANI): The United States' nuclear envoy Glyn Davies will visit South Korea next week,Yonhap News Agency reported on Wednesday.
Seoul, May 8 (IANS) South Korea's money supply has continued to grow amid the central bank's accommodative monetary policy, data showed Wednesday.
New York, May 8 (ANI): American basketball star Dennis Rodman has come to the aid of a Korean-American man jailed in North Korea.
Moscow, May 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A man and his son have been held by the US authorities for trying to send machinery which could be used to produce weapon of mass destruction (WMD) in North Korea.
Moscow, May 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Two North Korean mid-range missiles reportedly prepared for launch in April were recently withdrawn from their coastal positions, a South Korean media report said.
Moscow, May 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia has won four medals at the Chicago Sabre World Cup, including a gold in the men's team event.
Kuala Lumpur, May 7 (IANS) Thai star Thongchai Jaidee's fourth place finish at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters golf over the weekend has propelled him to 59th position on the latest Official World Golf Ranking which puts him in line for a third appearance at the next month's US Open.
Sydney, May 7 (ANI): North Korea has hit the 'provocation pause' button on its aggressive nuclear rhetoric after pressure from China.
New Delhi, May 7 (ANI): With the summers setting in, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned that temperature will continue to rise in the days to come and heat wave will grip parts of North India.
Seoul, May 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) South Korea and the US have begun an anti-submarine exercise in the Yellow Sea, the Yonhap news agency reported. The drill will continue till Friday.
London, May 6 (IANS) Actor-director Kevin Spacey named his new pet dog Boston to pay tribute to the city in the wake of last month's bombings.
Wellington, May 5 (ANI): Chat apps and free messaging services designed for smartphones are slowly killing text messaging with businesses and teenagers shifting their way of communication.
New York, May 5 (ANI): South Korean phonemaker LG has been selected by Google to build the next Android reference device - Nexus 5.
Washington, May 4 (IANS/AKI) North Korea, Iran and Syria are among the top 10 countries deemed worst for press freedom, according to an annual ranking by a Washington-based watchdog.
Tbilisi (Georgia), May 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Georgia will not boycott next year's Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi after the country's National Olympic Committee voted unanimously in favour of taking part.
London, May 3 (ANI): The United States has urged North Korea for an immediate release of a Korean-American man, who has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for alleged anti-government crimes.
Moscow, May 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Law enforcement personnel in Russia have killed 73 alleged Islamist insurgents in the North Caucasus region over the first three months of 2013, police said.
Pyongyang, May 2 (Xinhua-ANI): A U.S. citizen was sentenced 15 years of compulsory labor by the Supreme Court of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday, the official KCNA news agency said Thursday.
Ankara, May 2 (Xinhua-ANI): An alliance of Japanese Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and France's Areva has won a bid to build Turkey' s second nuclear power plant, Turkish Daily News reported Thursday.
Washington, May 2 (ANI): Heart-healthy diet helps men at high risk for heart disease reduce their bad cholesterol, regardless of whether they lost weight or not, a new study suggests.
Pyongyang, May 2 (IANS) A US citizen has been sentenced to 15 years of compulsory labour by North Korea's Supreme Court, the official KCNA news agency said Thursday.
Islamabad, May. 1 (ANI): A US government-appointed panel has urged Washington to step up pressure on Pakistan over religious freedom, warning that risks to its minorities have reached a crisis level.
London, May 1 (ANI): A Tory councillor is being probed over a joke he made on Twitter regarding Oscar Pistorius's murder charge.
Washington, May 1 (IANS) A US federal advisory body has reiterated its concerns about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's admissibility to the US due to his alleged "complicity in the 2002 riots" in the state.
Wellington, May 1 (ANI): Former New Zealand pace bowler Michael Mason has denied reports that he will be replacing injured Australian Ryan Harris in the Kings XI Punjab team in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
New Delhi, Apr. 30 (Xinhua-ANI): India has warned Pakistan of a massive retaliation even if there is a midget nuclear strike by the neighboring country, local media reported Tuesday.
Seoul, April 30 (IANS) South Korea's industrial output reduced last month as external uncertainties such as slow growth in major economies weighed on the export-driven economy, a government report showed Tuesday.
Washington, April 30 (ANI): A new study has shown that green tea extract in tandem with an additional compound could be effective for body weight control and type 2 diabetes.
Washington, April 30 (IANS) Even as it acknowledges India as the world's most populous democracy, the Economist magazine's Index of Democracy 2012 ranks India 38th among 165 nations with an overall score of 7.52.
Beijing, Apr. 30 (Xinhua-ANI): South Korea's consumer electronics giant LG Electronics said Monday that it began sales of curved organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TV for the first time in the global industry.
Moscow, April 30 (IANS) Russia and Japan Monday condemned North Korea for its refusal to give up its nuclear weapons programme.
Moscow, April 30 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia is ready to invest in huge new infrastructure projects to help meet Japan's growing requirements for hydrocarbon resources, President Vladimir Putin has said.
Kuala Lumpur, April 29 (IANS) India's S.S.P. Chowrasia believes he is getting closer to a first Asian Tour victory outside of his country after a strong showing at the Ballantine's championship in South Korea last week.
Beijing, Apr. 29 (Xinhua-ANI): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe started his Russia visit among a four-nation trip in an effort to revive long-stalled territorial talks with Russia, promote mutual trust and enhance the two countries'cooperation in all areas, especially in economy.
Seoul, April 29 (IANS) South Korea's current account surplus almost doubled in March, compared to February, thanks to robust exports of IT products such as smartphones and semiconductors, central bank data showed Monday.
Alicante (Spain), April 29 (IANS/EFE) A Spanish software company is developing a computer tool that will help improve building safety in earthquakes and can also be used in construction projects by companies located in seismic zones.
Jerusalem, April 29 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that his country would not allow the intermittent firing of rockets into its territory and warned the continued attacks would be dealt aggressively.
Washington, April 28 (IANS) North Korea plans to begin a trial against a US citizen detained there last year, CNN reported.
Washington, Apr. 28 (ANI): North Korea has announced that an American detained for nearly six months will be tried in the Supreme Court on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, a crime that could draw the death penalty if he is convicted.
London, Apr. 28 (ANI): Lewis Hamilton has requested his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger not to do another series of 'X Factor,' as he fears that he won't be able to see her for three months if she accepts the 1.5-million-pound-deal.
New Delhi, April 28 (ANI): The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region has sanctioned 338 developmental projects for the region in the last three years.
Washington, Apr. 27 (ANI): Republican and Democratic lawmakers have proposed to introduce tough sanctions against North Korea amid growing concern over its nuclear programmes.
Beijing, April 26 (IANS) China will host Uzbekistan in an international football friendly June 6, organisers said Friday.
Sydney, Apr. 26 (Xinhua-ANI): Australia will deploy a guided- missile frigate, HMAS Sydney, to join the U.S. 7th Fleet in Japan at a time of heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula and in the South China Sea, according to The Australian on Friday.
Beijing, Apr. 26 (Xinhua-ANI): Visiting top U.S. military officer Martin Dempsey met here Friday with Japanese military chiefs and vowed to cooperate closely with Japan on defense to cope with regional threats.
Tokyo, Apr. 26 (ANI): Japan has declined to back a joint statement against the use of nuclear weapons at a preparatory committee for the next Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review meeting.
Seoul, April 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) While reiterating Seoul's commitment to a denuclearised Korean Peninsula, South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won Thursday opposed the idea of redeploying US tactical nuclear weapons in the country.
Seoul, April 25 (IANS) South Korea's economic growth accelerated to a two-year high in the first quarter, breaching market estimates, as brisk exports offset a reduction in private consumption, central bank data showed Thursday.
Seoul, April 25 (IANS) Hyundai Motor, South Korea's top automaker, saw its operating profit fall 10.7 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier, a regulatory filing showed Thursday.
Seoul, April 25 (IANS) South Korea's gross domestic product (GDP) growth accelerated to 0.9 percent in the first quarter from three months earlier on the back of brisk exports that offset a reduction in private consumption, central bank data showed Thursday.
Washington, Apr. 25 (ANI): America's top military leader has said North Korea is in ever-greater danger of provoking a fight under the leadership of Kim Jong-un.
Washington, Apr. 25 (ANI): The United States and South Korea have extended their current civilian nuclear agreement by two years.
New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) India's nuclear deterrent is based on a credible nuclear doctrine and is sustained by a "systematic drive to operationalize" its various delivery components, including a sea-based one by 2015-16, Shyam Saran, chairman of the National Security Advisory Board, said here Wednesday.
New Delhi, Apr. 24 (ANI): A series of seminars to engage Indian Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) interested in expanding operations into North America via Toronto, Ontario. The "Next Big Idea" seminars are scheduled to take place on May 6 and 7 in Ahmedabad and Pune, respectively.
Chennai, April 24 (IANS) The Rs.42 crore turnover DSK Motowheels that assembles and sells high-end South Korean Hyosung motorbikes plans to set up a fullfledged motorcycle plant in Maharashtra, a company official said Wednesday.
Washington, Apr. 24 (ANI): Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has said he is confident North Korea will not be permitted to start a general conflict.
London, Apr. 24 (ANI): South Korea is trying to establish who sent a letter threat to the defence minister.
Tokyo, Apr. 24 (ANI): Possible radioactive traces from a North Korean nuclear test in February have been detected for the first time in Japan, a monitoring organization has said.
Seoul, April 23 (IANS) China's Zhang Lian-wei is hoping to taste success again when he makes his debut at the 2,205,000 euro (about $2.8 million) Ballantine's Championship which begins at the Blackstone Golf Club here Thursday.
Melbourne, Apr 23 (ANI): Billy Sing, the most feared assassin of World War I, is said to have killed 300 men in combating history.
New Delhi, Apr. 22 (ANI): Union Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal met Ambassadors and Heads of Chambers of Commerce of countries which are leaders in the electronics sector here today.