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North Korea

North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (abbreviated as DPRK, PRK, DPR Korea, or Korea DPR), 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. To the north and northwest, the country is bordered by China and by Russia along the Amnok (known as the Yalu in Chinese) and Tumen rivers; it is bordered to the south by South Korea, with the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two. Nevertheless, North Korea, like its southern counterpart, claims to be the legitimate government of the entire peninsula and adjacent islands. Both North Korea and South Korea became members of the United Nations in 1991. Read more...

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US forces prepare to retreat from Taejon, July 1950
The Battle of Taejon was an early battle between United States and North Korean forces during the Korean War. Forces of the United States Army, attempting to defend the headquarters of the 24th Infantry Division were overwhelmed by numerically superior forces of the Korean People's Army at the major city and transportation hub of Taejon. Hampered by lack of communications equipment and shortages of heavy weapons to match North Korean firepower, the American forces, outnumbered, ill-equipped and untrained, were pushed back from the river bank after several days, before fighting an intense urban battle to defend the city The delay imposed at Taejon probably prevented an American rout during the subsequent Battle of the Pusan Perimeter. Also significant, the North Koreans captured Major General William F. Dean, the commander of the 24th Infantry Division, and highest ranking American prisoner during the Korean War.

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Wikinews on North Korea
  • May 28: Korean leaders Moon and Kim meet days after NK-US summit cancellation
  • May 4: Leader of South Korea requests foreign involvement in decommissioning of nuclear test site
  • March 30: North, South Korea announce summit about 'denuclearization and peace' for April 27
  • February 5: North Korea to send head of state to South Korea for Olympics
  • January 30: Koreas hold joint training session for Olympics

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Han Sorya meeting Americans in 1952. Han's best known work, Jackals, and legacy is known for anti-Americanism.
Han Sorya (한설야; 3 August 1900 – 6 April 1970) was a Korean writer, literary administrator and politician making much of his career in North Korea.

Regarded as one of the most important fiction writers in North Korean history, Han also ran the entire North Korean literary scene as the head of the Korean Writers' Union and minister of education. During his career, Han survived a number of purges that were caused by factional strife within the Workers' Party. Sometimes acting as the force behind the purges within the cultural establishment, Han was also motivated by personal grievances against his rival writers. Han offered some of the earliest known contributions to the cult of personality of Kim Il-sung.

Han himself was purged in 1962. His influence is felt in North Korea even today, though his name has been forgotten from official histories. Han's best known work, the anti-American Jackals, however has been invoked in the 2000s.

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Web resources

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


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