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North Korea (About this sound listen), officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK; Chosŏn'gŭl조선민주주의인민공화국; MRChosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk), is a country in East Asia, in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula. Its capital is Pyongyang, the country's largest city by both land area and population. The Amnok River and the Tumen River form the international border between North Korea and China. A small section of the Tumen also lies along the border between North Korea and Russia, technically following the river's thalweg. The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) forms the boundary between North Korea and South Korea. The legitimacy of this border is not accepted by either side, as both states claim to be the legitimate government of the entire peninsula.


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Graphic from the United States Geological Survey showing the location of seismic activity at the time of the test
The 2009 North Korean nuclear test was the underground detonation of a nuclear device conducted on 25 May 2009 by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. This was its second nuclear test, the first test having taken place in October 2006. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests. The test was nearly universally condemned by the international community. Following the test, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1874 condemning the test and tightening sanctions on the country. It is widely believed that the test was conducted as a result of a succession crisis in the country. After Kim Jong-Il suffered a stroke in the summer of 2008, arrangements were made for his third son, Kim Jong-un, to take power upon his death. It is believed the North Koreans conducted the nuclear test to show that, even in a time of possible weakness, it did not intend to give up its nuclear weapons program.


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  • March 13: Malaysian police chief publicly confirms murdered man was Kim Jong Nam
  • February 28: Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong to be charged with murder of Kim Jong Nam with VX nerve agent
  • February 23: Break-in attempted at mortuary housing remains of Kim Jong Nam
  • February 19: Malaysian authorities arrest fourth suspect in killing of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader

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Kim Jong-il (김정일; 16 February 1941 – 17 December 2011), was the supreme leader of North Korea from 1994 to 2011. He succeeded his father and founder of the country Kim Il-sung following the latter's death in 1994. Kim Jong-il was the general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea, and the supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, the fourth-largest standing army in the world.


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  • North Korea at DMOZ
  • North Korea country study at Library of Congress
  • North Korea at CIA World Factbook
  • DailyNK
  • NK News
  • Naenara - the official web portal of North Korea
  • UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK
  • Korean language Wikipedia

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