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Democratic People's Republic of Korea
조선민주주의인민공화국
Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk[1]
Flag Coat of arms
Motto강성대국
Powerful and Prosperous Nation
AnthemAegukka (애국가)
("The Patriotic Song")
Capital
(and largest city)
Pyongyang
39°2′N 125°45′E / 39.033°N 125.75°E / 39.033; 125.75
Official language(s) Korean
Official scripts Chosŏn'gŭl
Demonym North Korean, Korean
Government Juche socialist republic,
Single-party system
 -  Eternal President Kim Il-sung
(deceased)[a]
 -  Supreme Leader[2][3] Kim Jong-il
 -  Defence Commission Chairman Kim Jong-il
 -  President of the Presidium Kim Yong-nam[b]
 -  Premier Kim Yong-il
Legislature Supreme People's Assembly
Establishment
 -  Independence declared March 1, 1919 
 -  Liberation August 15, 1945 
 -  Formal declaration September 9, 1948 
Area
 -  Total 120,540 km2 (98th)
46,528 sq mi 
 -  Water (%) 4.87
Population
 -  2009 estimate 23,906,000[4] (51st)
 -  Density 198.3/km2 (55th)
513.8/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2008[5] estimate
 -  Total $40 billion (95th)
 -  Per capita $1,800 (2009 est.)[6] (189th)
GDP (nominal) 2009[6] estimate
 -  Total $27.82 billion (125th)
 -  Per capita $1,161[7] (144th)
Gini (2009[8]
()
n/a (low
Currency North Korean won (₩) (KPW)
Time zone Korea Standard Time (UTC+9)
Date formats yy, yyyy년 mm월 dd일
yy, yyyy/mm/dd (CE–1911, CE)
Drives on the right
Internet TLD .kp
Calling code 850
^ a. Died 1994, named "Eternal President" in 1998.
^ b. Kim Yong-nam is the "head of state for foreign affairs".
.North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) (Hangul: 조선민주주의인민공화국, Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk), is a state in East Asia, occupying the northern half of the Korean Peninsula.^ Geographically, it is the largest country in area in East Asia and the fourth largest in the world after Russia, Canada and the United States.
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^ This would lead to a more just democratic system where people could elect officials who could improve their quality of life enormously.
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^ East Asia: Currently, the number of people in poverty in East Asia is declining.
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Its capital and largest city is Pyongyang. .The Korean Demilitarized Zone serves as the buffer area between North Korea and South Korea.^ He negotiated between Lewanika and Cecil RHODES's British South Africa Company, which was then encroaching on various communities in the area.
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^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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.The Amnok River and the Tumen River form the border between North Korea and People's Republic of China.^ The People’s Republic of China is one such country.
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^ In the US we had a bunch of dogs get sick and die from dog food that US companies distributed, but had additives from the Peoples Republic of China that were ruining their kidneys.
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^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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A section of the Tumen River in the extreme north-east is the border with Russia.
.The peninsula was governed by the Korean Empire until it was annexed by Japan following the Russo-Japanese War of 1905. It was divided into Soviet and American occupied zones in 1945, following the end of World War II.^ It was sparked by the realization that France was not ready willingly to implement the liberal proposals for colonial development the Africans had been led to expect when World War II was in progress.
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^ That worked well enough until the Great Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression that followed and lasted until World War II. .
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^ However, one does not know when the war will end and whether or not the new government will make education a priority.
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.North Korea refused to participate in a United Nations–supervised election held in the south in 1948, which led to the creation of separate Korean governments for the two occupation zones.^ Also, the United Nations is encouraging governments to build schools closer to housing.
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^ The choice is a National Government/Business Leadership decision and simply results in two ways of doing things in a practical businesslike way.
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^ The government has agreed to break the Caisse de Stabilisation (Caistab), the official coffee marketing board, into two quite separate organisations.
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.Both North and South Korea claimed sovereignty over the peninsula as a whole, which led to the Korean War of 1950. A 1953 armistice ended the fighting; however, the two countries are officially still at war with each other, as a peace treaty was never signed.^ Both the UK and the US concluded that war was inevitable and it was therefore desirable to 'get the whole thing done and dusted' before Saddam could make further preparations.
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^ However, if homelessness is ever to end, each country must take responsibility for their own citizens and take adequate action to improve their living situations.
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^ So far no group or individual has claimed responsibility for any of the armed attacks that have occurred, mostly in the north of the country.
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[9] .Both states were accepted into the United Nations in 1991.[10] On May 26, 2009, North Korea unilaterally withdrew from the armistice.^ Background Information Although the United States is one of the richest nations in the world, the issues of poverty are very surreal.
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^ You may agree that the way the United States decides to teach their kids is a full proof method, which it may expect for there are many underlying issues.
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^ Each day in the United States, 2,019 babies are born into poverty; meaning that a baby is born into povery every 48 seconds.
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[11][12]
.North Korea is a single-party state under a united front led by the Korean Workers' Party.^ The United States’ attendance is just under 80% (1).
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^ What was Jean Pierre Bemba's interest in the CAR? I understand he pulled his troops out under pressure from the United States.
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^ In contrast, United States factory workers earn $21.11 per hour.
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[13][14][15][16] .The country's government follows the Juche ideology of self-reliance, developed by the country's late Eternal President Kim Il-sung.^ As for undeveloped and developing countries, as much money as possible should be set aside by governments to help pay for more housing for their citizens.
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^ The government seems to be making significant steps to improve early childhood development and education in this country.
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^ In other countries where family solidarity is stronger and family care (usually by female relatives) a given, there is less reliance on government funding.
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.Juche became the official state ideology when the country adopted a new constitution in 1972,[17] though Kim Il-sung had been using it to form policy since at least as early as 1955.[18] Officially a socialist republic, North Korea is considered by many in the outside world to be a totalitarian Stalinist dictatorship.^ Renewable energy sources are quite new, although many forms are already used across the nation.
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^ The new Constitution was duly adopted on 7 July 1995.
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^ Geographically, it is the largest country in area in East Asia and the fourth largest in the world after Russia, Canada and the United States.
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[14][15][19][20][21] .The current secretary of the KWP Central Committee Secretariat and leader of the armed forces is Kim Jong-il, son of Kim Il-sung.^ The report renewed the Secretary-General's appeal to donors to contribute to the restructuring of the armed forces in the Central African Republic, calling it "an important process" which would help stabilise the security situation in the country and the sub-region as a whole.
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Contents

History

.In the aftermath of the Japanese occupation of Korea which ended with Japan's defeat in World War II in 1945, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel in accordance with a United Nations arrangement, to be administered by the Soviet Union in the north and the United States in the south.^ After World War II ended in 1945, most of Europe's nations were left crippled along with Japan and Russia.
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^ The official currency was the CFA franc, which had been developed by the French government for its African colonies at the end of the Second World War.
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^ The state, however, is an artefact encapsulating a largely Moslem nomad population in the North and Christian or animist negro agriculturalists in the South and West.
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The history of North Korea formally begins with the establishment of the democratic People's Republic in 1948.

Division of Korea

.In August 1945, the Soviet Army established a Soviet Civil Authority to rule the country until a domestic regime, friendly to the USSR, could be established.^ Without breaking or rewriting the rules, I doubt that a coordinated effort of all the countries could really solve the economic problems.
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^ The main of undeveloped countries shouldn't be specializing on agriculture, but establish stable environments where industries could set them up.
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.After the Soviet forces' departure in 1948, the main agenda in the following years was unification of Korea from both sides until the consolidation of Syngman Rhee regime in the South with American military support and the suppression of the October 1948 insurrection ended hopes that the country could be reunified by way of Communist revolution in the South.^ In 1977 French military aircraft transported a Moroccan military force supported by French logistic staffs to the rescue [MERCENARIES].
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^ Countries that had no modern armed forces nor even an economy both total basket cases invaded for oil and even now 7 years later these lightly armed rebels give so much trouble.
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^ For less than 1% of the income of the wealthiest countries each year, the worst afflictions of poverty could be substantially reduced, if not eliminated."
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.In 1949, a military intervention into South Korea was considered by the Northern regime but failed to receive support from the Soviet Union, which had played a key role in the establishment of the country.^ Countries actually in the Soviet Union, like Russia continued to operate under the Soviet system into the 21st century.
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^ In many countries gender plays a significant role.
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^ Lunda insurgency movement supported by the radical Angolan regime, launced an incursion into Zaire's Shaba province, incursions which the Zaire Army was unable to arrest.
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[22]
.The withdrawal of most United States forces from the South in June dramatically weakened the Southern regime and encouraged Kim Il-sung to re-think an invasion plan against the South.^ The United States has seen a rise in gas prices, that has affected everyone from the poor to the rich and many residents think it is outrageous.
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^ Ask anybody who has ever visited the United States what is the most noticeanle thing?
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^ Most common city/town names in the United States.
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[22] .The idea itself was first rejected by Joseph Stalin but with the development of Soviet nuclear weapons, Mao Zedong's victory in China and the Chinese indication that it would send troops and other support to North Korea, Stalin approved an invasion which led to the Korean War.^ China indicated that it would abstain.
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^ Other factors are caused by a breakdown in traditional family support systems, continued urbanization and the effects of structural adjustment programs and civil wars.
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^ It was sparked by the realization that France was not ready willingly to implement the liberal proposals for colonial development the Africans had been led to expect when World War II was in progress.
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[23]

Korean War

North Korean war monument in Pyongyang.
.The Korean War was a civil war between North Korea and South Korea with major hostilities beginning on June 25, 1950, pausing with an armistice signed on July 27, 1953. The conflict arose from the division on Korea by the UN and the attempts of the two Korean powers to re-unify Korea under their respective governments.^ Most economists think that if we're talking about Indonesia or Korea or Russia, considerations of political economy -- i.e., who has power, what they are trying to do, etc.
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^ I don’t understand how the government expects future generations to run the country when the majority of it will be undereducated and under motivated.
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^ It has also subsequently emerged that there was a division in the legal community as to the legality of war without a further UN resolution.
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.The division led to full scale civil war with a cost of more than 2 million civilians and soldiers from both sides.^ More than seventy percent of the minimum wage work force are adults, many of whom rely on a full-time minimum wage job to support their families.
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^ The difference again is that France, Germany and other EU countries are more prepared for conventional war than to projecting force outside Europe.
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^ But there is more to it than cheap labor, $30 a month there versus $30 an hour in the US (loaded cost) which is not one fourtieth but closer to one two hundredth the cost.
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The period immediately before the war was marked by escalating border conflicts at the 38th parallel and attempts to negotiate elections for the entirety of Korea.[24]
.These negotiations ended when the military of North Korea invaded the South on June 25, 1950. Under the aegis of the United Nations, nations allied with the United States intervened on behalf of South Korea.^ Background Information Although the United States is one of the richest nations in the world, the issues of poverty are very surreal.
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^ Even with the minimum wages far exceeding the national floor, these states are projecting increases to their present rates.
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^ Brendan Bell from the Washington Post notes that the United States consumes 25% of the world’s oil (3).
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.After rapid advances in a South Korean counterattack, North-allied Chinese forces intervened on behalf of North Korea, shifting the balance of the war and ultimately leading to an armistice that approximately restored the original boundaries between North and South Korea.^ During the 20th century, that continent was ravaged by two of the greatest wars in history, and between those two wars by a cataclysmic event which originated halfway around the world.
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.While some have referred to the conflict as a civil war, there were many other factors at play.^ Okay, sure there are some (many?
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^ Blair seems to me to have been right in 1999 to say that we are in need of some principle by which we can "identify the circumstances in which we should get actively involved in other people's conflicts".
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^ Other factors are caused by a breakdown in traditional family support systems, continued urbanization and the effects of structural adjustment programs and civil wars.
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[25] The Korean War was also the first armed confrontation of the Cold War and set the standard for many later conflicts. .It created the idea of a proxy war, where the two superpowers would fight in another country, forcing the people in that nation to suffer the bulk of the destruction and death involved in a war between such large nations.^ A GLOBAL MINUMUM WAGE Although many countries have national minimum wages, a global or international minimum wage would be a giant feat.
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^ Romania and Bulgaria were the two countries which had migration capped in response to public scare tactics in the west that the Romanians would be 'the next Poles'.
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^ This would give the poor countries a fighting chance at getting rid of the HIV and AIDS viruses.
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.The superpowers avoided descending into an all-out war with one another, as well as the mutual use of nuclear weapons.^ I'm not afraid that this country is going into its final downturn from superpower status because I think we'll come out a much better place.
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^ Can all be integrated into one big quiz .
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^ Another alternative to the high prices would be to change the type of car one is driving and the type of fuel being used in ones tank.
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It also expanded the Cold War, which to that point had mostly been concerned with Europe. .A heavily guarded demilitarized zone on the 38th parallel continues to divide the peninsula today with anti-Communist and anti-North Korea sentiment still remaining in South Korea.^ Still, stubborn Russians continued to keep the old timing, and the most stubborn anti-communistic Lenin new calendar Russians was of course the Russian church.
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^ North Korea is the only country that really tries to be completely self-sufficient and will stay dirt-poor while they remain an autarky.
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.Since the ceasefire of the Korean War in 1953 the relations between the North Korean government and South Korea, the European Union, Canada, the United States, and Japan have remained tense.^ Presently, the state governments supply 57% of public school funding, while local property taxes provide 34%, and the federal government finances the remaining 9%.
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^ The state, however, is an artefact encapsulating a largely Moslem nomad population in the North and Christian or animist negro agriculturalists in the South and West.
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^ Geographically, it is the largest country in area in East Asia and the fourth largest in the world after Russia, Canada and the United States.
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.Fighting was halted in the ceasefire, but both Koreas are still technically at war.^ By the same token, research and development continues apace for the company in both the UK and the USA where the two countries still have the technical and scientific expertise.
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.Both North and South Korea signed the June 15th North-South Joint Declaration in 2000, in which both sides made promises to seek out a peaceful reunification.^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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[26] .Additionally, on October 4, 2007, the leaders of North and South Korea pledged to hold summit talks to officially declare the war over and reaffirmed the principle of mutual non-aggression.^ Perhaps a reason why War is now not officially declared now just announced in the Media.
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^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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Late 20th century

.North and South Korea have never signed a formal peace treaty and thus are still officially at war; only a ceasefire was declared.^ However, if there was a formal declaration of war, she would have to sign it.
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^ I am entirely clear that the formal instrument declaring war has to be signed by the Sovereign.
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^ The Sovereign may still declare a State of War but the power is atrophied.
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[28] South Korea's government came to be dominated by its military and a relative peace was punctuated by border skirmishes and assassination attempts. .The North failed in several assassination attempts on South Korean leaders, most notably in 1968, 1974 and the Rangoon bombing in 1983; tunnels were frequently found under the DMZ and war nearly broke out over the axe murder incident at Panmunjeom in 1976.[29] In 1973, extremely secret, high-level contacts began to be conducted through the offices of the Red Cross, but ended after the Panmunjeom incident with little progress having been made and the idea that the two Koreas would join international organisations separately.^ While they also began with little money and low-end jobs, they worked hard, saved up money, and overcame their most of their economic struggles.
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^ The government has agreed to break the Caisse de Stabilisation (Caistab), the official coffee marketing board, into two quite separate organisations.
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^ In fact since the idea of regulation is in the wind and EU countries are open to it, now would seem to be the opportune time to get international financial regulations that don't possess the weakness of the Basel I and Basel II attempts.
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.In the late 1990s, with the South having transitioned to democracy, the success of the Nordpolitik policy, and power in the North having been taken up by Kim Il-sung's son Kim Jong-il, the two nations began to engage publicly for the first time, with the South declaring its Sunshine Policy.^ It was at this time that Qaddafi's visit brought agreements to set up the first 4 joint CAR-Libyan companies.
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^ In 1839, Horace Mann began the nation's first teacher-training school in Massachusetts.
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^ This product was still being produced until the late 1920’s, when doctors finally began to notice that the drug was having negative effects on its users.
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21st century

.In 2002, United States president George W. Bush labeled North Korea part of an "axis of evil" and an "outpost of tyranny". The highest-level contact the government has had with the United States was with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who made a visit to Pyongyang in 2000,[33] but the two countries do not have formal diplomatic relations.^ United States Presidents who were never elected president .
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^ This is early beginning is not looked down upon as it is in the United States, it is a part of that society.
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^ In addition, provision was made for the creation of directly-elected regional assemblies, to enable the decentralization of government, and for the establishment of an advisory state council, which was to deliberate on administrative issues.
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[6] .By 2006, approximately 37,000 American soldiers remained in South Korea, although by June 2009 this number had fallen to around 30,000.[34][35] Kim Jong-il has privately stated his acceptance of U.S. troops on the peninsula, even after a possible reunification.^ June 2006 Document Number: X3010342207 .
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^ Seed cotton output in 1987 is thought to have fallen by as much as one third from its level of 35,000 tons in 1986...
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^ In 2006 the price of the home was $427,000 since that time I'm sure since the bubble burst it has come down perhaps to around $300,000 but someone making $30,000 a year will not be able to afford this.
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[36] Publicly, North Korea strongly demands the removal of American troops from Korea.[36]
.On June 13, 2009, the Associated Press reported that in response to new U.N. sanctions, North Korea declared it would progress with its uranium enrichment program.^ In an address to the nation, Chirac has declared that the new cabinet's top priority would be to curb the unemployment level, which consistently hovers above 10%, calling for a "national mobilization" to that effect.
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^ Finra said it would create a new Office of Fraud Detection and Market Intelligence to provide rapid response to fraud by a staff with expertise in fraud detection and investigation.
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^ Permalink Thursday, April 23, 2009 03:11 PM PDT Simon Johnson's morality tale Full Article at U.S. News & World Report .
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.This marked the first time the DPRK has publicly acknowledged that it is conducting a uranium enrichment program.^ There was a strategic possibility to finish the Iraq project first time around much more easily than is publicly acknowledged (more than that I may not say).
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[37] .In August 2009, former US president Bill Clinton met with Kim Jong-il to secure the release of 2 US journalists.^ Clinton, Bill (President of the United States).
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[38]

Geography

North Korea occupies the northern portion of the Korean Peninsula, covering an area of 120,540 square kilometres (46,541 sq mi). .North Korea shares land borders with People's Republic of China and Russia to the north, and borders South Korea along the Korean Demilitarized Zone.^ The PRC asserts the Republic of China to be an illegitimate and supplanted entity and administratively categorizes Taiwan as the 23rd province of PRC. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_Republic_of_China) .
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^ It borders 14 nations (counted clockwise): Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and North Korea.
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^ In the US we had a bunch of dogs get sick and die from dog food that US companies distributed, but had additives from the Peoples Republic of China that were ruining their kidneys.
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To its west are the Yellow Sea and Korea Bay, and to its east lies Japan across the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea). The highest point in North Korea is Paektu-san Mountain at 2,744 metres (9,003 ft). The longest river is the Amnok River which flows for 790 kilometres (491 mi).[39]
North Korea's climate is relatively temperate. .Most of the country is classified as type Dwa in the Köppen climate classification scheme, with warm summers and cold, dry winters.^ Whereas statistics say that most Christian nations kind of like winter holiday times, with one country exception of course, no mystery which.
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In summer there is a short rainy season called changma.[40] .On August 7, 2007, the most devastating floods in 40 years caused the North Korean Government to ask for international help.^ The most dangerous animals, by deaths caused per year.
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^ In 1910 society began to see the nasal damage that snorting cocaine was causing and in 1912 the government reported 5,000 cocaine related deaths in the period of one year.
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^ Because the United States was competing with the Soviet Union at this time, the government wanted to make sure that the most qualified people would be there to help the United States.
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.NGOs, such as the Red Cross, asked people to raise funds because they feared a humanitarian catastrophe.^ Rural schools did not receive the same amount of funding, and many parents did not send their children to school because they needed help working on the farm.
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^ And not because they're such chickens, or masochists, giving way.
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^ People dying because they have no health insurance or the HMO will not let the doctor treat the patient properly, you have that in Germany?
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[41]
Kumgang mountains
.The capital and largest city is Pyongyang; other major cities include Kaesong in the south, Sinuiju in the northwest, Wonsan and Hamhung in the east and Chongjin in the northeast.^ The U.S. and its cities are in between the super expensive prices of Europe, and the not so expensive gas prices of South America, Africa, and the Middle East.
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^ Evidence of this was illustrated last summer by the riots in Paris and in other major cities in France by discontented, unemployed Muslims.
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Topography

.Already early European visitors to Korea remarked that the country resembled "a sea in a heavy gale" because of the many successive mountain ranges that crisscross the peninsula.^ It is worth hundreds of Billions of dollars and is growing at double digit rates, just because the US is behind does not mean it is not happening in many countries and it is!
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^ The Central Banks still have More US Dollars but that is because of the Trade Debts we have with these countries and they have accumilated the US dollars over many years.
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[42] Some 80% of North Korea is composed of mountains and uplands, separated by deep and narrow valleys, with all of the peninsula's mountains with elevations of 2000 meters or more located in North Korea. The coastal plains are wide in the west and discontinuous in the east. The great majority of the population lives in the plains and lowlands.
The highest point in North Korea is Baekdu Mountain which is a volcanic mountain near the Chinese border with basalt lava plateau with elevations between 1400 and 2000 meters above sea level.[42] .The Hamgyong Range, located in the extreme northeastern part of the peninsula, has many high peaks including Gwanmosan at approximately 1,756 m (5,761 ft).^ Parents are a big part of a child’s education process because they are the supporters, and children rely on a parent’s approval for many things, including education.
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.Other major ranges include the Rangrim Mountains, which are located in the north-central part of North Korea and run in a north-south direction, making communication between the eastern and western parts of the country rather difficult; and the Kangnam Range, which runs along the North Korea–China border.^ You are talking lot about move of manufacturing to China and other parts of Asia and how you see this as avoidable and beneficial to western societies.
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^ Does living in a country with the largest land area make you feel important, safe, part of something enormous?
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^ Child poverty in the United States is usually double than that of other major western industrialized countries.
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Geumgangsan, often written Mt Kumgang, or Diamond Mountain, (approximately 1,638 meters) in the Taebaek Range, which extends into South Korea, is famous for its scenic beauty.[42]
Topography of North Korea
For the most part, the plains are small. .The most extensive are the Pyongyang and Chaeryong plains, each covering about 500 square kilometers.^ The reserve and park encompass more than 5,500 square miles (14,000 square kilometers).
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.Because the mountains on the east coast drop abruptly to the sea, the plains are even smaller there than on the west coast.^ The total trade there was far more valuable than the ivory and slaves that passed on through by caravan to the coast, because river transportation was far cheaper per ton-mile, and bulkier goods could beat the cost of transport.
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^ Even though we think that we, here in the U.S., have a major education problem there are many countries currently struggling even more than we are.
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^ Even before the May 2001 coup attempt by [former President] Andre Kolingba, there were less than 3,000 men in the army.
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.Unlike neighboring Japan or northern China, North Korea experiences few severe earthquakes.^ Similar traditions and cultural expectations were found in neighboring Asian countries such as Japan and Korea.
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^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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Climate

North Korea has a continental climate with four distinct seasons.[43] Long winters bring bitter cold and clear weather interspersed with snow storms as a result of northern and northwestern winds that blow from Siberia. .Average snowfall is 37 days during the winter.^ Forest temperatures during the day average around 77º F. (25º C.) throughout the year with very little season variation.
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The weather is likely to be particularly harsh in the northern, mountainous regions. Summer tends to be short, hot, humid, and rainy because of the southern and southeastern monsoon winds that bring moist air from the Pacific Ocean. Typhoons affect the peninsula on an average of at least once every summer.[43] .Spring and autumn are transitional seasons marked by mild temperatures and variable winds and bring the most pleasant weather.^ Forest temperatures during the day average around 77º F. (25º C.) throughout the year with very little season variation.
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^ Ecologically this is a region of high temperatures, high humidity, dense forest vegetation, and seasonally variable rainfall.
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Natural hazards include late spring droughts which often are followed by severe flooding. .There are occasional typhoons during the early fall.^ "During the late 1940s and early 1950s, there was a reawakening of hope and possibilities for persons with disabilities.
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Administrative divisions

Principal divisions of North Korea
Namea Hangul Hanja
Directly governed cities (Chikhalsi)a
1 Pyongyang (National Capital) 평양직할시 平壤直轄市
2 Rason 라선직할시 羅先直轄市
Special Administrative Regions (T'ŭkpyŏl Haengjŏnggu)a
3 Kaesong Industrial Region 개성공업지구 開城工業地區
4 Kumgangsan Tourist Region 금강산관광지구 金剛山觀光地區
5 Sinuiju Special Administrative Region 신의주특별행정구 新義州特別行政區
Provinces (do)a
6 South Pyongan 평안남도 平安南道
7 North Pyongan 평안북도 平安北道
8 Chagang 자강도 慈江道
9 South Hwanghae 황해남도 黃海南道
10 North Hwanghae 황해북도 黃海北道
11 Kangwon 강원도 江原道
12 South Hamgyong 함경남도 咸鏡南道
13 North Hamgyong 함경북도 咸鏡北道
14 Ryanggang * 량강도 兩江道
* – Sometimes rendered "Yanggang".

Major cities

Culture and arts

Scene from the Mass Games
Kimchaek University e-Library in Pyongyang
A drawing in one of the chambers of the Goguryeo tombs.
Literature and arts in North Korea are state-controlled, mostly through the Propaganda and Agitation Department or the Culture and Arts Department of the Central Committee of the KWP.[44]
Korean culture came under attack during the Japanese rule from 1910 to 1945. Japan enforced a cultural assimilation policy. .During the Japanese rule, Koreans were encouraged to learn and speak Japanese, adopt the Japanese family name system and Shinto religion, and forbidden to write or speak the Korean language in schools, businesses, or public places.^ The Seljuks who also introduced the Madrassa system, a public province controlled by the caliph, built the first school.
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^ The government should tax those with children going to public schools, and put all of that money into the public education system.
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^ The case was of great interest to the public and soon rose to the supreme court where it was ruled that separate schools was unconstitutional.
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[45] In addition, the Japanese altered or destroyed various Korean monuments including Gyeongbok Palace and documents which portrayed the Japanese in a negative light were revised.
.In July 2004, the Complex of Goguryeo Tombs became the first site in the country to be included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.^ Countries with the most World Heritage Sites.
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^ Africa is a continent made up of 54 nations which can be annually found on lists of the world’s poorest countries.
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^ Countries such as Britain and France were hurt because they had not yet recovered from the first World War, however, their damages were nothing compared to Germany’s.
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In February 2008, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra became the first US musical group ever to perform in North Korea,[46] albeit for a handpicked "invited audience."[47] The concert was broadcast on national television.[48]
A popular event in North Korea is the Mass Games. .The most recent and largest Mass Games was called "Arirang". It was performed six nights a week for two months, and involved over 100,000 performers.^ The USA has about 13 million and falling 100,000 per month!
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^ Overall we have lost manufacturing jobs since the early 1980's We lost almost 100,000 Manufacturing jobs last month alone.
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^ According to the Institute of Medicine, there are about 100,000 children homeless in the U.S. every night (4).
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Attendees to this event in recent years report that the anti-West sentiments have been toned down compared to previous performances. The Mass Games involve performances of dance, gymnastics, and choreographic routines which celebrate the history of North Korea and the Workers' Party Revolution. .The Mass Games are held in Pyongyang at various venues (varying according to the scale of the Games in a particular year) including the Rungrado May Day Stadium, which is the largest stadium in the world with a capacity of 150,000 people.^ I read someplace it was discovered we paid Russian pensions to 80,000 people there for years.
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^ Historical olympic sports by year of the games held.
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^ Greg Fisher worked for the Bank of England for nine years in various capacities and later as a macro-economic strategist for a macro hedge fund, Camomille Associates.
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Government and politics

.North Korea is a self-described Juche (self-reliant) state[49], described by observers as a "hereditary dictatorship" [50] with a pronounced cult of personality organized around Kim Il-sung (the founder of North Korea and the country's only president) and his son and heir, Kim Jong-il.^ Because money seems to be such a problem not only for people, but for states and countries alike, it affects people alike too.
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^ France isn’t the only country ahead of the United States in terms of preschool participation.
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^ This means that some states, mainly those in the north east, are spending almost twice as much on their students than states in other parts of the country.
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Following Kim Il-sung's death in 1994, he was not replaced but instead received the designation of "Eternal President", and was entombed in the vast Kumsusan Memorial Palace in central Pyongyang.
.Although the active position of president has been abolished in deference to the memory of Kim Il-sung,[51] the de facto head of state is Kim Jong-il, who is Chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea.^ Nations in the world with monarchs as head of state .
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^ Cao, also vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) and state councilor, said China spoke positively of Central African Republic for its adherence to the one-China policy and support for China's national unity.
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^ As stated by a man living in Cameroon, President Biya receives 90% of the popular vote in each election, although it is clear that 90% of the population of Cameroon does not vote for him.
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The legislature of North Korea is the Supreme People's Assembly, currently led by President Kim Yong-nam. .The other senior government figure is Premier Kim Yong-il.^ Do I trust the figures of other EU governments, no way my friend, as we don't know the half of what is happening.
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North Korea is a single-party state. .The governing party is the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland, a coalition of the Workers' Party of Korea and two other smaller parties, the Korean Social Democratic Party and the Chondoist Chongu Party.^ The Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic have long accused their smaller neighbour [Congo-Brazzaville] of helping to smuggle diamonds out of the two countries as well as Angola.
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^ But when I try to draw him on the political consequences of the crisis for next year's election he merely says that a Christian Democrat/Liberal coalition would be a bad thing, and a Social Democrat/Left Party one would be better.
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.These parties nominate all candidates for office and hold all seats in the Supreme People's Assembly.^ Scandinavia all combined simply didn't have people enough to populate so much of central Europe and Eastern Europe; these were slavs.
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^ These are people all over America, as well as the world, who are major promoters of the drug war.
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^ All of these people were right...for awhile and then reality hit and the roof came crashing in.
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In June 2009, it was reported in South Korean media that intelligence indicates the country's next leader will be Kim Jong-un, the youngest of Kim Jong-il's three sons.[52]

Foreign relations

.North Korea has long maintained close relations with the People's Republic of China and Russia.^ The PRC asserts the Republic of China to be an illegitimate and supplanted entity and administratively categorizes Taiwan as the 23rd province of PRC. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_Republic_of_China) .
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^ The People’s Republic of China is one such country.
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^ Russia began to sort relations with Georgia - all began to close the shop.
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.The fall of communism in eastern Europe in 1989, and the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, resulted in a devastating drop in aid to North Korea from Russia, although China continues to provide substantial assistance.^ Much of Eastern Europe was once part of the Soviet Union.
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^ Even though primary education in Eastern Europe is not as developed as other industrialized nations, the literacy rate in Russia is 100% for males and 97% for females.
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^ Not only are teachers overworked and underpaid but the spread of AIDS and HIV makes it hard to keep communities from falling apart.
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.North Korea continues to have strong ties with its socialist southeast Asian allies in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.^ It borders 14 nations (counted clockwise): Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and North Korea.
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^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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[53] .North Korea has started installing a concrete and barbed wire fence on its northern border, in response to China's wish to curb refugees fleeing from North Korea.^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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.Previously the border between China and North Korea had only been lightly patrolled.^ North Korea is the only country that really tries to be completely self-sufficient and will stay dirt-poor while they remain an autarky.
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^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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[54]
.As a result of the North Korean nuclear weapons program, the Six-party talks were established to find a peaceful solution to the growing unrest between the two Korean governments, the Russian Federation, the People's Republic of China, Japan, and the United States.^ The PRC asserts the Republic of China to be an illegitimate and supplanted entity and administratively categorizes Taiwan as the 23rd province of PRC. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_Republic_of_China) .
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^ BANGUI, 7 Jul 2004 (IRIN) - The People's Republic of China has donated equipment worth US $4 million to the Central African Republic (CAR), state-owned Radio Centrafrique reported on Tuesday.
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^ The simplest solution to the inadequacy of minimum wages in the United States is to raise the required minimum wage.
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.On July 17, 2007, United Nations inspectors verified the shutdown of five North Korean nuclear facilities, according to the February 2007 agreement.^ According to a 1996 United Nations report, 500 million people were homeless or residing in low-quality housing and unsanitary conditions in 1995.
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^ According to a United Nations report, currently five hundred million people around the world are either homeless or living in low-quality housing and are in danger of becoming homeless (4).
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^ According to a 1996 United Nations report, 500 million people were homeless or residing in low-quality housing and unsanitary conditions in 1995 (1).
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.On October 4, 2007, South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il signed an 8-point peace agreement, on issues of permanent peace, high-level talks, economic cooperation, renewal of train, highway and air travel, and a joint Olympic cheering squad.^ What worries me most about our situation at this moment is that while our current leadership on economic strategy issues now talks about the mistakes of their (and our) past, their policies are pointing us back in the same direction.
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^ Middle East and North Africa(MENA): Countries in the Middle East and North African have recently been experiencing large economic growth, mostly due to the high oil prices.
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.The United States and South Korea previously designated the North as a state sponsor of terrorism.^ The state, however, is an artefact encapsulating a largely Moslem nomad population in the North and Christian or animist negro agriculturalists in the South and West.
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^ Countries participating in the CBFP are Canada, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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[56] .The 1983 bombing that killed members of the South Korean government and the destruction of a South Korean airliner have been attributed to North Korea.^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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[57] .North Korea has also admitted responsibility for the kidnapping of 13 Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s, five of whom were returned to Japan in 2002.[58] On October 11, 2008, the United States removed North Korea from its list of states that sponsor terrorism.^ In the United States, public school education is primarily the responsibility of each individual state.
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^ National Public Primary Education:History In the United States, public school education is primarily the responsibility of each individual state.
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^ In contrast, United States factory workers earn $21.11 per hour.
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.Most of the foreign embassies connecting with diplomatic ties to North Korea are situated in Beijing rather than Pyongyang.^ BTW is more responsible for the situation we're currently in than most other EU countries.
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Military

Korean People's Army soldiers observing the South Korean side of the DMZ
.Kim Jong-il is the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army and Chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea.^ The US is listed at the nation with the largest cocaine market and North America leads the globe with an estimated 6.35 million of people abusing cocaine.
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^ The US is listed at the nation with the largest cocaine market and North America leads the globe with an estimated 6.35 million of people abusing cocaine(2).
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The Korean People's Army (KPA) is the name for the collective armed personnel of the North Korean military. The army has four branches: Ground Force, Naval Force, Air Force, and the Artillery Guidance Bureau. .According to the U.S. Department of State, North Korea has the fifth-largest army in the world, at an estimated 1.21 million armed personnel, with about 20% of men aged 17–54 in the regular armed forces.^ According to the Taipei Times, 15 million teachers are needed throughout the world.³ Without competent teachers, then an education is useless.
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^ In 2000-2001, an estimated 15 million people had abused opium and heroin in the world.
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^ Geographically, it is the largest country in area in East Asia and the fourth largest in the world after Russia, Canada and the United States.
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.North Korea has the highest percentage of military personnel per capita of any nation in the world, with approximately 1 enlisted soldier for every 25 citizens.^ The EIA also reports that the per capita oil consumption for the U.S. is far higher than that of rest of the world, which averages at less than 0.5 gallons a day (per capita) (5).
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^ Per capita, the oil consumption in the United States is approximately 3 gallons a day according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).
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^ Our informant explained that the Central African Republic is a very poor country, possibly with the lowest per capita income in the world.
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[62] .Military strategy is designed for insertion of agents and sabotage behind enemy lines in wartime,[61] with much of the KPA's forces deployed along the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone.^ What I do not want is a pseudo Socialist Federal EU along the lines of what the Franco-Germanic alliance are trying to force us into.
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.The Korean People's Army operates a very large amount of equipment, including 4,060 tanks, 2,500 APCs, 17,900 artillery pieces (incl.^ If I had the control, I would make it necessary for the government of the poor countries to supply, at the very least, the amount of medicine needed in order to cover the amount of people who are infected.
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mortars), 11,000 air defence guns in the Ground force; at least 915 vessels in the Navy and 1,748 aircraft in the Air Force,[63] as well as some 10,000 MANPADS and anti-tank guided missiles.[64] .The equipment is a mixture of World War II vintage vehicles and small arms, widely proliferated Cold War technology, and more modern Soviet weapons.^ FRENCH INTERVENTION IN AFRICA Paradoxically in the context of a world-wide ideological confrontation [Cold War], it is France rather than either of the superpowers that has consistently played the most widespread role .
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^ It was sparked by the realization that France was not ready willingly to implement the liberal proposals for colonial development the Africans had been led to expect when World War II was in progress.
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^ That worked well enough until the Great Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression that followed and lasted until World War II. .
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According to official North Korean media, planned military expenditures for 2009 are 15.8% of GDP.[65]
.North Korea has active nuclear and ballistic missile weapons programs and has been subject to United Nations Security Council resolutions 1695 of July 2006, 1718 of October 2006, and 1874 of June 2009, for carrying out both missile and nuclear tests.^ In a January report to the Security Council, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned that the suspension of assistance by the World Bank and IMF, aggravated by civil war and work stoppages threatened to cause the country to "spin out of control...
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^ The MCLN is a splinter group from the FPO-PT which had not returned to legality under ex-President Dacko and had carried out a terrorist attack in July 1981.
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^ France [needs] uranium both for her nuclear power program and the creation and maintenance of her own nuclear weapons program.
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.North Korea probably has fissile material for up to 9 nuclear weapons,[66] and has the capability to deploy nuclear warheads on intermediate-range ballistic missiles.^ Some countries such as Iran and North Korea wish to actually have nuclear power because they believe it is the most effective way to bring their countries up to par with the many other powers.
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North Korea also sells its missiles and military equipment overseas. .In April 2009 the United Nations named the Korea Mining and Development Trading Corporation (aka KOMID) as North Korea's primary arms dealer and main exporter of equipment related to ballistic missiles and conventional weapons.^ Surprisingly, the United Nations has made primary education one of it’s top priorities along with gender segregation and AID relief.
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^ National Public Primary Education:History In the United States, public school education is primarily the responsibility of each individual state.
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^ Some of the social problems which are linked to energy supply are the political and economic tensions between trading nations, the vulnerability that many refineries and power stations face due to centralization, and the development of nuclear weapons from power plants.
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It also named Korea Ryonbong as a supporter of North Korea's military related sales.[68]
.On October 6, North Korea announced it was ready to resume work on its nuclear center in Yongbyon, although the officials claimed that the country still holds open the possibility of nuclear disarmament, but only after the US agrees to conduct direct talks with North Korea.^ Not that it is possible to maintain a pristine demarcation, but still, I'd rather not go farther in that direction.
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^ So far no group or individual has claimed responsibility for any of the armed attacks that have occurred, mostly in the north of the country.
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^ Sounding somewhat puzzled, a U.S. State Department official Monday claimed to be "still looking into" the sudden coup in the Central African Republic this weekend.
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.The absence of dialogue with the United States was claimed to be the only obstacle for Pyongyang to resume the six-party talks.^ I think that the hardest, but more rewarding way to help is to talk to senators and congressmen in the United States of America government, because they are the people with all of the power.
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^ The growing population of elderly people is not only an issue in the United States, but is also an issue globally.
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^ France isn’t the only country ahead of the United States in terms of preschool participation.
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.The US government said it was ready to discuss the matter, but had certain conditions that must be met.^ The residents and government officials meet together to discuss what can further be done to improve the management, maintenance and condition of the estates to meet every aspect of their lives.
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^ Nearly all of us recognize that as inticacies of human relationships increase, so power to govern them must also increase-power to stop evil; power to do good.
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.Kim Jong-il said that as a result of the talks with the Chinese delegation, the hostile relations between North Korea and the United States should be turned into peaceful ties by means of bilateral talks.^ Each day in the United States, 2,019 babies are born into poverty; meaning that a baby is born into povery every 48 seconds.
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^ I think that the hardest, but more rewarding way to help is to talk to senators and congressmen in the United States of America government, because they are the people with all of the power.
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^ As David Lazarus, a writer for the San Francisco Tribune who wrote an article on the relation between education and poverty, said, .
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Economy

An image of the Korean Peninsula at night rendered from DMSP observations. .The disparity in illumination levels is cited by some as an indication of the difference in energy and economic development between the North and South.^ Some of the social problems which are linked to energy supply are the political and economic tensions between trading nations, the vulnerability that many refineries and power stations face due to centralization, and the development of nuclear weapons from power plants.
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^ Also, the increasing disparity between urban and rural areas may cause other economic problems.
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View of Pyongyang (the country's capital)
North Korea has an industrialised, near-autarkic, highly centralized command economy. .Of the five remaining socialist states in the world, North Korea is one of only two (along with Cuba) with an entirely government-planned, state-owned economy.^ Background Information Although the United States is one of the richest nations in the world, the issues of poverty are very surreal.
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^ Politically, it remains a one-party authoritarian state.
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^ Not only is Europe the World's largest exporter they also are the world's largest Investors along with Japan.
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.North Korea's isolation policy means that international trade is highly restricted, hampering a significant potential for economic growth.^ Translation: No Economic Growth when you see the official Growth numbers take away 3% - 3 1/2% and that is the True rate of GDp Growth which means the economy has been shrinking.
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^ Middle East and North Africa(MENA): Countries in the Middle East and North African have recently been experiencing large economic growth, mostly due to the high oil prices.
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^ From my point of view the policies of UK are just economically detrimental, from being outside euro to wishes on de-evolution of EU to mere 'free' trade.
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Nonetheless, due to its strategic location in East Asia connecting four major economies and having a cheap, young, and skilled workforce, it is projected that the North Korean economy could grow to 6–7% annually "with the right incentives and reform measures".[72]
.Until 1998, the United Nations published HDI and GDP per capita figures for North Korea, which stood at a medium level of human development at 0.766 (ranked 75th) and a GDP per capita of $4,058.[73] The average salary is about $47 per month.^ "IN 2007 the USA added $7.20 of new debt for every dollar of GDP Growth" If an economy is in recession and adds one dollar of national debt, then new debt per unit of dollar GDP growth is infinite because its GDP growth is zero.
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^ America has a Doctor Shortage and also America has less Hospital Beds Available per Capita then most other Western nations, know why?
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^ That's about 1250.00 US a month plus 225-675 per month.
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[74] .Despite substantial economic problems, quality of life is improving and wages are rising steadily.^ Problem: Attracting and Maintaining Qualified Staff Solution: The challenge of improving teacher quality is probably one of the most difficult problems correct.
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^ In many countries, prices of homes are rising rapidly as a result of other problems such as economic inflation and overpopulation.
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[75] .Small-scale private markets, known as janmadang, exist throughout the country and provide the population with imported food and certain commodities in exchange for money, thus helping to prevent serious starvation.^ Another thing I would do if I had the control is have the rich countries help provide HIV and AIDS medicine to these countries if they can not afford it.
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^ It is difficult to attain the exact number of people in the global homeless population because there is limited or non-existent data provided for every country.
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^ Therefore, the government must provide adequate funding for them so that they can help the homeless population as best as they can.
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.The North Korean economy is completely nationalized, which means that food rations, housing, healthcare, and education is offered from the state for free.^ Increase the safety net to make us more competitive with countries that have national healthcare and state-funded worker entitlements.
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^ We need to entertain the idea of having each state handle its own education system, instead of nationally coordinated standards, academic programs, and spending.
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^ African countries should provide the needy families with services such as free education, access to free health care, food, and water.
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[77] .The payment of taxes has been abolished since April 1, 1974.[78] In order to increase productivity from agriculture and industry, since the 1960s the North Korean government has introduced a number of management systems such as the Taean work system.^ Factories and industries demand more oil in order to increase production.
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^ Ever since the industrial revolution, the world’s demand for oil has increased.
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^ He has since occupied various senior positions, such as minister of agriculture, prime minister, Mayor of Paris, and finally president of France.
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[79] .In the 21st century, North Korea's GDP growth has been slow but steady, although in recent years, growth has gradually accelerated to 3.7% in 2008, the fastest pace in almost a decade, largely due to a sharp growth of 8.2% in the agricultural sector.^ Over the last three years, economic growth in the region has averaged 6.1 percent a year [1], the strongest growth in the region in nearly three decades.
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^ With inevitable growth in GDP, we face gradually rising inflation, which means higher prices.
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^ Middle East and North Africa(MENA): Countries in the Middle East and North African have recently been experiencing large economic growth, mostly due to the high oil prices.
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[80] .This growth stands in contrasts to most economies which reported negative growth due to the global financial crisis.^ He is one of the most visible public commentators on the ongoing financial crisis and its causes.
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^ Now with the Financial Crisis the Government has spent or will spend 7.2 Trillion dollars in an attempt to stabalize the economy here since 70% of the debt crisis originated in America.
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^ Innovation in the financial industry has had a negative effect on productivity because it sucks available investment money from socially productive, job creating sectors of the economy such as manufacturing.
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GDP Growth by year[80][81]
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
1.3 % 3.7 % 1.2 % 1.8 % 2.2 % 1.0 % 1.6 % 1.8 % 3.7 %
.Based on estimates in 2002, the dominant sector in the North Korean economy is industry (43.1%), followed by services (33.6%) and agriculture (23.3%).^ Innovation in the financial industry has had a negative effect on productivity because it sucks available investment money from socially productive, job creating sectors of the economy such as manufacturing.
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^ I do have some sympathy with Germany which, to its credit, has persisted with its manufacturing sector while other economies were shifting towards the service sector.
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In 2004, it was estimated that agriculture employed 37% of the workforce while industry and services employed the remaining 63%.[6] .Major industries include military products, machine building, electric power, chemicals, mining, metallurgy, textiles, food processing and tourism.^ Engineers who built mining and textile machinery paved the way for the Industrial Revolution.
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^ Fossil fuels and coal mining became popular during the Industrial Revolution as they were both major contributors to the building of the transcontinental railroad and smaller steam engines.
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^ If the local textile industry could be expanded, it might provide a more reliable outlet for the increasing local cotton production than the unstable world market can offer.
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In 2005, North Korea was ranked by the FAO as an estimated 10th in the production of fresh fruit[82] and as an estimated 19th in the production of apples.[83] .It has substantial natural resources and is the world's 18th largest producer of iron and zinc,[84][85] having the 22nd largest coal reserves in the world.^ Trail's Cominco smelter is the world's largest zinc and lead smelting complex, processing an astonishing 700,000 tonnes of concentrates annually.
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^ Also, Burma is the world’s second largest producer of illicit opium, after India, the world’s largest opium producer.
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^ Afghanistan is the world’s largest opium producer and about 80-90% of the heroin consumed in Europe comes from Afghanistan.
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[86] It is also the 15th largest fluorite producer[87] and 12th largest producer of copper and salt in Asia.[88][89] .Other major natural resources in production include lead, tungsten, graphite, magnesite, gold, pyrites, fluorspar, and hydropower.^ Moreover, a tremendous amount of natural resources and funding is put into military expansion, something that can only lead to more homelessness.
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^ Other training topics can include, fostering phonemic awareness, classroom arrangement to support a literacy rich environment, and basic resources and materials necessary in each classroom to promote literacy.
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[6]

Foreign commerce

A convenience store in Kaesong Industrial Region, North Korea's light industry center.
.China and South Korea remain the largest donors of food aid to North Korea.^ North Korea is the only country that really tries to be completely self-sufficient and will stay dirt-poor while they remain an autarky.
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^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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The U.S. objects to this manner of donating food due to lack of supervision.[90] In 2005, China and South Korea combined to provide 1 million tons of food aid, each contributing half.[91] .In addition to food aid, China reportedly provides an estimated 80 to 90 percent of North Korea's oil imports at "friendly prices" that are sharply lower than the world market price.^ The government knows that the only way to lower gas prices is to lower demand for oil.
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^ About 90 percent of workers hired at minimum wage earn more than the minimum after one year” (1).
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^ The high demand and wallet stinging price of oil clashing with the uncertainty in major oil producing countries calls for changes in the near and long term future for the world.
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.On September 19, 2005, North Korea was promised fuel aid and various other non-food incentives from South Korea, the U.S., Japan, Russia, and China in exchange for abandoning its nuclear weapons program and rejoining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.^ Right of non-discrimination (due to variable retirement ages between men and women - all other matters relating to discrimination are dealt with under UK law).
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^ The government could start a program that lowers the taxes homeless have to pay, similar to welfare, or other forms of government financial aid.
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^ France [needs] uranium both for her nuclear power program and the creation and maintenance of her own nuclear weapons program.
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Providing food in exchange for abandoning weapons programs has historically been avoided by the U.S. so as not to be perceived as "using food as a weapon".[93]
.Humanitarian aid from North Korea's neighbors has been cut off at times to provoke North Korea to resume boycotted talks.^ Sadaam Hussein was actually quite skilled at this time (compared to Milosevic for example) in provoking the West but backing off before he pushed Clinton over the top.
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.For example, South Korea's had the "postponed consideration" of 500,000 tons of rice for the North in 2006 but the idea of providing food as a clear incentive (as opposed to resuming "general humanitarian aid") has been avoided.^ The WFP can also provide families with “take-home rations” such as rice and vegetable oil as an incentive to send their children to school.
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^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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[94] There have also been aid disruptions due to widespread theft of railroad cars used by mainland China to deliver food relief.[95]
Hungju collective chicken farm, Chagang province.
In July 2002, North Korea started experimenting with private capitalism in the Kaesong Industrial Region.[96] .A small number of other areas have been designated as Special Administrative Regions, including Sinŭiju along the China-North Korea border.^ On the other hand, while the Bush administration has been brash and defiant in the face of criticism, in some areas, it has been constructive.
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^ This issue, combined with a decreasing population in Bulgaria, the Russian Federation, and other countries, has resulted in poverty in many areas, especially in small towns and rural regions.
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^ Tax reductions and other incentives have made agriculture more profitable, reducing the number of farmers migrating from rural areas.
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China and South Korea are the biggest trade partners of North Korea, with trade with China increasing 15% to US$1.6 billion in 2005, and trade with South Korea increasing 50% to over 1 billion for the first time in 2005.[93]
.It is reported that the number of mobile phones in Pyongyang rose from only 3,000 in 2002 to approximately 20,000 during 2004.[97] As of June 2004, however, mobile phones became forbidden again.^ So far approximately 20,000 have completed the 18 month program and are living on their own now.
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^ More importantly, the stock market remained expensive even through the bear market of 2000-2002 and only became more expensive in the recovery that lasted to 2007.
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^ Nokia however only manufacturers low cost low tech phones in it and research laboratories mainly focus China related tasks.
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[98] .A small number of capitalistic elements are gradually spreading from the trial area, including a number of advertising billboards along certain highways.^ Europe Graduates at least twice the number of Engineers and Scientists along with technicians.
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.Recent visitors have reported that the number of open-air farmers' markets has increased in Kaesong and Pyongyang, as well as along the China-North Korea border, bypassing the food rationing system.^ As the demand for oil increases with the populations of China and India in particular, the prices will consequently increase as well (1).
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^ The death rate of children may also increase due to their parents’ inability to find a well paying job to provide food and other necessities.
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In 2000, North Korea established the Centre for the Study of the Capitalist System.[99] .Increasingly more foreign-invested joint ventures have been set up since 2002.[100] The Pyongyang Business School was established by the Swiss government to help teach students business management.^ The government also tries to help by encouraging students to stay in school.
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^ Prep for college and the real world, high school teaches kids about how to manage their money, how to write a thesis paper for college and how to give back to their community.
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^ It’s no surprise then, that the United States invests more per student that almost any other country in the world.
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[101]
.In a 2003 event dubbed the "Pong Su incident", a North Korean cargo ship allegedly attempting to smuggle heroin into Australia was seized by Australian officials, strengthening Australian and United States' suspicions that Pyongyang engages in international drug smuggling.^ Each day in the United States, 2,019 babies are born into poverty; meaning that a baby is born into povery every 48 seconds.
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^ Brazil is currently fighting a battle of drug related violence and cases of weapons smuggled into and out of the country associated with drug production and transportation.
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^ School teachers and principles, along with parents, are also a huge factor in decreasing the number of drug users in the United States.
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The North Korean government denied any involvement.[102]

Tourism

The Kŭmgangsan Tourist Region is popular among South Korean tourists
Tourism in North Korea is organized by the state owned Tourism Organisation ("Ryohaengsa"). .Every group of travelers as well as individual tourists/visitors are permanently accompanied by one or two "guides" who normally speak the mother language of the tourist.^ One group who was not restricted was the self-employed, which suggests that large numbers of craft workers took a high risk strategy which has obviously paid off.
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^ Who knows if we teach individualism, maybe one of these children will come up with some actual ideas themselves.
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^ He was a devoted student of Central African languages who could not only speak Boganda’s mother tongue, Ngbaka, but also Lingala, Sango, and other related languages (Pénel, Boganda, p.
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.While tourism has increased over the last few years, tourists from Western countries remain few.^ Last few years all I've seen is a few snow flurries.
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^ Controversy over the minimum wage is escalating as years since the last minimum wage increase reaches a decade.
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^ Production in Africa and Asia continues to increase, while that in Latin America has remained relatively level over the past 30 years.
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.The majority of the tourists who visit come from China, Russia and Japan.^ Despite differences, the Americans have been prepared to work with the EU and Russia in the Middle East and with China, Japan and Russia over N. Korea.
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.Russian citizens from the Asian part of Russia prefer North Korea as a tourist destination due to the relatively low prices, lack of pollution and the warmer climate.^ One issue is a lack of low-priced housing and not enough government-run public housing to pick up the slack, which leads to homelessness in many areas.
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^ A reason for low teacher salaries and poor facilities and supplies is due to lack of federal funding.
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^ Middle East and North Africa(MENA): Countries in the Middle East and North African have recently been experiencing large economic growth, mostly due to the high oil prices.
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.For citizens of the US and South Korea it is practically impossible to obtain a visa for North Korea.^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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Exceptions for US citizens are made for the yearly Arirang Festival.
In the area of the Kŭmgangsan-mountains, the company Hyundai established and operates a special Tourist area. .Traveling to this area is also possible for South Koreans and US citizens, but only in organized groups from South Korea.^ Actually, the country where the majority of its citizens live in bubble is the US. In comparison to Europe, many fewer travel abroad.
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A special administrative region known as the Kŭmgangsan Tourist Region exists for this purpose. Trips to the region have been temporarily suspended since a South Korean woman who wandered into a controlled military zone was shot dead by border guards in late 2008.[103]

Famine

.In the 1990s North Korea faced significant economic disruptions, including a series of natural disasters, economic mismanagement and serious resource shortages after the collapse of the Eastern Bloc.^ Russia is said to be looking forward to a serious recession, possibly even a depression including collapse of its currency.
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.These resulted in a shortfall of staple grain output of more than 1 million tons from what the country needs to meet internationally accepted minimum dietary requirements.^ More than seventy percent of the minimum wage work force are adults, many of whom rely on a full-time minimum wage job to support their families.
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^ About 90 percent of workers hired at minimum wage earn more than the minimum after one year” (1).
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^ Rather than creating a minimum wage in hopes of improving the conditions of the poor, a more preferable solution would be to make that minimum wage a global living wage.
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[104] The North Korean famine known as "Arduous March" resulted in the deaths of between 300,000 and 800,000 North Koreans per year during the three year famine, peaking in 1997, with 2.0 million total being "the highest possible estimate."[105] The deaths were most likely caused by famine-related illnesses such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and diarrhea rather than starvation.[105]
.In 2006, Amnesty International reported that a national nutrition survey conducted by the North Korean government, the World Food Programme, and UNICEF found that 7% of children were severely malnourished; 37% were chronically malnourished; 23.4% were underweight; and one in three mothers was malnourished and anaemic as the result of the lingering effect of the famine.^ Besides government intervention or lack of social spending, Gender discrimination has got to be the most difficult quagmire of the goal of giving children around the world an education.
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^ In other nations, international law has played an important role in spurring governments to expand childcare services.
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^ In relation to the Poverty Facts and Stats and UNICEF, the lives of 1.7 million children were needlessly lost in the year 2000, because world governments failed to reduce the poverty levels.
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.The inflation caused by some of the 2002 economic reforms, including the Songun or "Military-first" policy, was cited for creating the increased price of basic foods.^ On the first round -- the crisis, immediate policy response and first-round "reform" efforts -- the big bankers have definitely won.
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^ Going by that our Basic Economic Standard has declined by 402 % not including the interest owed which will come due!
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^ Also, the increasing disparity between urban and rural areas may cause other economic problems.
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[106]
The history of Japanese assistance to North Korea has been marked with unrest; from a large pro-Pyongyang community of Koreans in Japan to public outrage over the 1998 North Korean missile launch and revelations regarding the abduction of Japanese citizens.[107] .In June 1995 an agreement was reached that the two countries would act jointly.^ Romania and Bulgaria were the two countries which had migration capped in response to public scare tactics in the west that the Romanians would be 'the next Poles'.
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^ When the attempt to reach agreement on EU finances for the period 2007-2013 failed at the June 2005 summit, Finland was one of five countries that blocked the proposals for compromise put forward by the Luxembourg Presidency.
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^ It is a real question how a country can stop corruption once corruption reaches its legislature, since the legislature is the place where we would expect reform legislation to be enacted.
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[107] .South Korea would provide 150,000 MT of grain in unmarked bags, and Japan would provide 150,000 MT gratis and another 150,000 MT on concessional terms.^ Another thing I would do if I had the control is have the rich countries help provide HIV and AIDS medicine to these countries if they can not afford it.
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^ Another country that is working towards bettering the education that is provided for children with special needs is Japan.
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[107] In October 1995 and January 1996, North Korea again approached Japan for assistance. .On these two occasions, both of which came at crucial moments in the evolution of the famine, opposition from both South Korea and domestic political sources quashed the deals.^ How do you explain all these large American suberbs with two or three car garages all over Florida and the South?
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^ The reasons for France's proprietorial attitude - at least in the 1960s - in African affairs are complex, but they straddle both the right and the left in France's domestic politics.
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[107]
.Beginning in 1997, the U.S. began shipping food aid to North Korea through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to combat the famine.^ Besides other OCHA officials, those from the UN Children's Fund, the UN Development Programme, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) accompanied Da Silva.
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^ The Answer: Wends inhabited a Viking world that stretched from Constantinople, up through Russia to the edge of North America and left the artifacts to prove it.
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^ Background Information Although the United States is one of the richest nations in the world, the issues of poverty are very surreal.
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.Shipments peaked in 1999 at nearly 700,000 tons making the U.S. the largest foreign aid donor to the country at the time.^ These leaders were free to do as the pleased, often pocketing most of the wealth generated by a country either by means of production or by foreign aid.
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^ Trail's Cominco smelter is the world's largest zinc and lead smelting complex, processing an astonishing 700,000 tonnes of concentrates annually.
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^ Does living in a country with the largest land area make you feel important, safe, part of something enormous?
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Under the Bush Administration, aid was drastically reduced year after year from 350,000 tons in 2001 to 40,000 in 2004.[108] The Bush Administration took criticism for using "food as a weapon" during talks over the North's nuclear weapons program, but insisted the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) criteria were the same for all countries and the situation in North Korea had "improved significantly since its collapse in the mid-1990s." Agricultural production had increased from about 2.7 million metric tons in 1997 to 4.2 million metric tons in 2004.[90]

Media

.The media of North Korea is one of the most strictly controlled in the world.^ Why is it that America prides itself on being one of the most dominate countries in the world when around ten percent of its nation can’t even read?
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^ America is one of the most modernized and industrialized nations in the world and relies so heavily on fossil fuels and power plants.
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^ One of the most important issues of our world today is the education of our children.
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As a result, information is tightly controlled both into and out of North Korea. .The North Korean constitution provides for freedom of speech and the press; however, the government prohibits the exercise of these rights in practice.^ And about freedom of speech and freedom of press.
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^ "The Secretary-General calls for the speedy restoration of the constitutional order and for the respect and protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the civilian population," his office said in a statement.
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^ These [South/West populations] provided the ruling groups at independence but were faced from 1968 with an insurrectionary movement, FLOLINAT, drawing increasingly on Libyan support, in the North.
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.In its 2008 report, Reporters Without Borders classified the media environment in North Korea as 172 out of 173, only above that of Eritrea.^ The only way for the anti-EU brigade to get back their *full* control of their borders would be to get the UK not only out of the EU but also out of EFTA, i.e.
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^ North Korea is the only country that really tries to be completely self-sufficient and will stay dirt-poor while they remain an autarky.
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^ Books will probably show Madoff only took fees supported by his reported assets under management, if they can ever figure that out.
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[109]
.Only news that favors the regime is permitted, while news that covers the economic and political problems in the country, or criticisms of the regime from abroad, is not allowed.^ Only for Political or Economic games but in the end always the stronger currency is wanted for purchasing Power and the Euro is stronger.
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^ Without breaking or rewriting the rules, I doubt that a coordinated effort of all the countries could really solve the economic problems.
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^ Countries fail because political elites always end up in bed with economic elites.
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[110] The media upholds the personality cult of Kim Jong-il, regularly reporting on his daily activities. The main news provider to media in the DPRK is the Korean Central News Agency.
North Korea has 12 principal newspapers and 20 major periodicals, all of varying periodicity and all published in Pyongyang.[111] Newspapers include the Rodong Sinmun, Joson Inmingun, Minju Choson, and Rodongja Sinmum. No private press exists.[112]

Transportation

.There is a mix of locally built and imported trolleybuses and trams in urban centers in North Korea.^ Each region has a head parent center, and within each state there is at least one local parent center.
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^ Urban centers develop around the industrial activities and forest resources that local people depend upon are rapidly depleted, he said.
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.Earlier fleets were obtained in Europe and China, but the trade embargo has forced North Korea to build their own vehicles.^ Marijuana quickly spread from China to India, then North Africa, and finally reached Europe around 500 A.D (1).
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^ While the U.S. is very strict about the use and distribution of Crystal Meth, countries like North Korea manufacture the drug for trading purposes (8).
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^ The are in the US and UK (very fast), in Europe, China, India (pretty fast), even in Cuba (increasingly faster) and probably even in North Korea although I don't really anything about that.
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.Railways of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Choson Cul Minzuzui Inmingonghoagug, is the only rail operator in North Korea.^ North Korea is the only country that really tries to be completely self-sufficient and will stay dirt-poor while they remain an autarky.
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.It has a network of 5,200 km of track with 4,500 km in Standard gauge.^ Certainly a lot lower than in China where 500 million people live on $2 a day or less and another 200 million live in dire poverty even by Chnese standards.
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[113] .There is a small narrow gauge railway in operation in Haeju peninsula.^ Jukka, no, it is not something surrealistic, it is practically long narrow boxes with, say, small violet flowers in the ground there, that blossom and blossom.
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[113]
The railway fleet consists of a mix of electric and steam locomotives. .Cars are mostly made in North Korea using Soviet designs.^ While the U.S. is very strict about the use and distribution of Crystal Meth, countries like North Korea manufacture the drug for trading purposes (8).
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.There are some locomotives from Imperial Japan, the United States, and Europe remaining in use.^ You may agree that the way the United States decides to teach their kids is a full proof method, which it may expect for there are many underlying issues.
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^ Today, nuclear energy is widely used in developed countries, and is the source of 20% of the United States’ electrical energy.
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^ Particularly in the United States, there is a presumption that being able to amass a fortune quickly implies great wisdom and an abilityor rightto help shape public policy.
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Second-hand Chinese locomotives (early DF4Bs, BJ Hydraulics, etc.) have also been spotted in active service.
.Water transport on the major rivers and along the coasts plays a growing role in freight and passenger traffic.^ Lack of funding for the teachers are not only the problem, but school supplies, facilities, and transportation for kids also play a role in this complex issue.
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^ Funding plays not only a big role in local educational systems but plays a major factor in national education systems.
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^ That's what I'm hearing, too, that the U.S. was instrumental in urging him to remove those troops which was something that I think played a major role in undercutting Patasse's rather tenuous hold on power.
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.Except for the Yalu and Taedong rivers, most of the inland waterways, totaling 2,253 kilometers, are navigable only by small boats.^ Most Americans are not totally covered by Health Insurance, only partial coverage.
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^ The downward demand curve will bottom out because domestic motoring only accounts for a small proportion of total consumption.
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Coastal traffic is heaviest on the eastern seaboard, whose deeper waters can accommodate larger vessels. The major ports are Nampho on the west coast and Rajin, Chongjin, Wonsan, and Hamhung on the east coast. .The country's harbor loading capacity in the 1990s was estimated at almost 35 million tons a year.^ Between 1990 and 2000, there was a 12% increase to 35 million citizens older than 65 (or about 12% of the population), with almost half being over 75.
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^ Researchers have had a difficult time calculating the exact number of homeless citizens each year, but they estimate that in the 1990s, there were about 700,000 homeless citizens each night and up to 2 million each year.
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^ In the year 2003 there was about 35 million poor people.
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.In the early 1990s, North Korea possessed an oceangoing merchant fleet, largely domestically produced, of sixty-eight ships (of at least 1,000 gross-registered tons), totaling 465,801 gross-registered tons (709,442 metric tons deadweight (DWT)), which includes fifty-eight cargo ships and two tankers.^ In the 1989/90 season the CAR dealers claimed a total coffee crop of 25,000 tons.
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.There is a continuing investment in upgrading and expanding port facilities, developing transportation—particularly on the Taedong River—and increasing the share of international cargo by domestic vessels.^ And there is no one who thinks that finance can continue to expand its already high share of our national economy.
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^ Like I said before, there is a Nokia plant in Salo located near research and development facilities in Finland.
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^ Education is development's basic building block and is vital for alleviating poverty.” In order for the world to continue to prosper and grow, there needs to be a good level of development to account for the increasing population.
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North Korea's international air connections are limited. .There are regularly scheduled flights from the Sunan International Airport – 24 kilometers north of Pyongyang – to Moscow, Khabarovsk, Beijing, Macau, Vladivostok, Bangkok, Shenyang, Shenzhen and charter flights from Sunan to Tokyo as well as to East European countries, the Middle East, and Africa.^ There will not be any war in the middle east.
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^ Countries of the middle east.
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^ It's the nearest airport with scheduled international flights.
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An agreement to initiate a service between Pyongyang and Tokyo was signed in 1990. Internal flights are available between Pyongyang, Hamhung, Wonsan, and Chongjin. .All civil aircraft operated by Air Koryo are 34 aircraft in 2008, these were purchased from the Soviet Union and Russia.^ Even with the very scarce amount of money that these individuals make, they spend it all on drug purchases necessary to support their addiction.
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^ Countries actually in the Soviet Union, like Russia continued to operate under the Soviet system into the 21st century.
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^ At 2:23pm on 17 Nov 2008 , JM wrote: @tomricc But you do know why germans get all these benefits?
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From 1976 to 1978, four Tu-154 jets were added to the small fleet of propeller-driven An-24s afterwards adding four long range Ilyushin Il-62M, three Ilyushin Il-76MD large cargo aircraft and two long range Tupolev Tu-204-300's purchased in 2008.
.Two of the few ways to enter North Korea is over the Sino-Korea Friendship Bridge or via Panmunjeom, the former crossing the Amnok River and the latter crossing the Demilitarized Zone.^ Because it is her two tiny rooms, up in the depth of Sheremetev palace side wing, to be entered via a row of yards and gardens, from another block and another street.
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.Private cars in North Korea are a rare sight, but as of 2008 some 70% of households used bicycles, which also play an increasingly important role in small-scale private trade.^ Chad and Libya, the French role in the CAR may seem less important (EIU Country Report, "Central African Republic," 1st Quarter 1990, p.
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^ Note: In the case of the CAR, it is certainly the case that missionaries played an important cultural and linguistic role which historians have not yet studied in any detail.
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^ The CAR plays a key role in France's strategy for Africa, particularly through its backing for Chad's President Hissène Habré in his conflict with Libyan backed rebels.
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Demographics

Population pyramid of North Korea
.North Korea's population of roughly 23 million is one of the most ethnically and linguistically homogeneous in the world, with very small numbers of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, South Korean, and European expatriate minorities.^ The US is the world's number one consumer.
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^ Background Information Although the United States is one of the richest nations in the world, the issues of poverty are very surreal.
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^ Why is it that America prides itself on being one of the most dominate countries in the world when around ten percent of its nation can’t even read?
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.According to the CIA World Factbook, North Korea's life expectancy was 63.8 years in 2009, a figure roughly equivalent to that of Pakistan and Burma and slightly lower than Russia.^ According to the CIA World Factbook, approximately 63% of Niger’s population lives in poverty.
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^ It borders 14 nations (counted clockwise): Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and North Korea.
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^ The Answer: Wends inhabited a Viking world that stretched from Constantinople, up through Russia to the edge of North America and left the artifacts to prove it.
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[115] .Infant mortality stood at a high level of 51.34, which is 2.5 times higher than that of China, 5 times that of Russia, 12 times that of South Korea.^ The last time Europe had equal or higher levels of free trade and free movement was 19th-century.
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^ If Russia is serious about getting rich quick she will sort these problems out and not spend so much time thinking about South Ossetia or spheres of influence.
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^ As news of the high mortality reached Chad and Ubangi and relatives did not return home, panic spread at recruitment time.
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.According to the UNICEF "The State of the world's Children 2003" North Korea appears ranked at the 73rd place (with first place having the highest mortality rate), between Guatemala (72nd) and Tuvalu (74th).^ And Americans do not have the highest homeownership rates in world.
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^ The children who attend early schools in the United States are educated in Taj Mahal’s compared to some children around the world.
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^ Some cities, like London, are ranked among the highest cities in the world in terms of cost of living according to a Mercer Human Resources Consulting survey(3).
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[116][117] .North Korea's Total fertility rate is relatively low and stood at 1.96 in 2009, comparable to those of the United States and France.^ While the rate has increased in recent years, the overall trend for poverty in the United States is declining.
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^ This may not seem low but compared to the size of America, the maybe ten percent of those who cannot read are actually in the millions.
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^ However, between 1960 and 1980, the total population of the United States increased around 19% while the population of those aged 65 and older increased by about 35%.
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Language

.North Korea shares the Korean language with South Korea.^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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.There are dialect differences within both Koreas, but the border between North and South does not represent a major linguistic boundary.^ Of course men look, but what difference does it make, if you go there for sauna not for men.
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^ At 07:57am on 17 Nov 2008 , zhanetta wrote: #100 threnodio there should be difference between quaöity press and mass press.
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^ There is a debate to be had about both the power and the impartiality of the BBC but that is a different matter because you asked about Newscorp.
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.While prevalent in the South, the adoption of modern terms from foreign languages has been limited in North Korea.^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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.Hanja (Chinese characters) are no longer used in North Korea, although still occasionally used in South Korea.^ In fact, a US company can actually use prison labor if the product requires unskilled labor at no cost and split the profits with the Chinese government.
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^ The rise of cheaper and more available amphetamines took the place of cocaine which was no longer widely used.
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^ While the U.S. is very strict about the use and distribution of Crystal Meth, countries like North Korea manufacture the drug for trading purposes (8).
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.Both Koreas share the phonetic writing system called Chosongul in the north and Hangul south of the DMZ. The official Romanization differs in the two countries, with North Korea using a slightly modified McCune-Reischauer system, and the South using the Revised Romanization of Korean.^ Once again, the two Nordic countries had taken quite a different line.
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^ By the same token, research and development continues apace for the company in both the UK and the USA where the two countries still have the technical and scientific expertise.
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^ There are 193 countries in the world and every single one of these countries has a different public education system.
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Religion

Both Koreas share a Buddhist and Confucian heritage and a recent history of Christian and Cheondoism ("religion of the Heavenly Way") movements. The North Korean constitution states that freedom of religion is permitted.[119] .According to the Western standards of religion, the majority of the North Korean population could be characterized as irreligious.^ In fact, the poverty level is so high in some third-world countries that the majority of the population could be considered homeless (on “American” standards).
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.However the majority are defined as religious from a sociological viewpoint[120] and the cultural influence of such traditional religions as Buddhism and Confucianism still have an effect on North Korean spiritual life.^ Many cultures, such as Asian cultures and South American ones, kept it in their tradition to take care of elderly in their own homes.
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^ Similar traditions and cultural expectations were found in neighboring Asian countries such as Japan and Korea.
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[121][122][123]
An ancient relief image of the Buddha, mount Kumgang
.Nevertheless, Buddhists in North Korea reportedly fare better than other religious groups, particularly Christians, who are said to face persecution by the authorities.^ The debate on children living in poverty is just as great or greater than any other age groups.
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^ It does not follow that you are right and denigrating your opponents is no better than the ravings of the 'get me out of here' gang who post from time to time.
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^ This means that some states, mainly those in the north east, are spending almost twice as much on their students than states in other parts of the country.
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.Buddhists are given limited funding by the government to promote the religion, because Buddhism played an integral role in traditional Korean culture.^ Realistically, there is no way the government could stop the drug problem with their current funds and limited time.
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^ Lack of funding for the teachers are not only the problem, but school supplies, facilities, and transportation for kids also play a role in this complex issue.
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^ Third world countries and some other countries aren’t able to provide public housing due to the traditional market scene, low funds, or highly dissolved government.
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.According to Human Rights Watch, free religious activities no longer exist in North Korea as the government sponsors religious groups only to create an illusion of religious freedom.^ But our point is that any inaction on the banking system creates irreversible damage, so there's no free option here.
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^ So far no group or individual has claimed responsibility for any of the armed attacks that have occurred, mostly in the north of the country.
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^ A Government that serves the people can only be created from bottom up.
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[125] According to Religious Intelligence the situation of religion in North Korea is the following:[126]
  • Irreligion: 15,460,000 adherents (64.31% of population, the vast majority of which are adherents of the Juche philosophy)
  • Korean shamanism: 3,846,000 adherents (16% of population)
  • Cheondoism: 3,245,000 adherents (13.50% of population)
  • Buddhism: 1,082,000 adherents (4.50% of population)
  • Christianity: 406,000 adherents (1.69% of population)
Pyongyang was the center of Christian activity in Korea before the Korean War. Today, four state-sanctioned churches exist, which freedom of religion advocates say are showcases for foreigners.[127][128] .Official government statistics report that there are 10,000 Protestants and 4,000 Roman Catholics in North Korea.^ In 1910 society began to see the nasal damage that snorting cocaine was causing and in 1912 the government reported 5,000 cocaine related deaths in the period of one year.
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^ Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government: Demand.” http://www.eia.doe.gov/pub/oil_gas/petroleum/analysis_publications/oil_market_basics/Demand_text.htm .
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.According to a ranking published by Open Doors, an organization that supports persecuted Christians, North Korea is currently the country with the most severe persecution of Christians in the world.^ Countries with the most World Heritage Sites.
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^ Why is it that America prides itself on being one of the most dominate countries in the world when around ten percent of its nation can’t even read?
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^ Currently, America is, by far, the country in which special education is the most popular and has made the biggest impact on children with special needs.
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[130] .Human rights groups such as Amnesty International also have expressed concerns about religious persecution in North Korea.^ While domestic advocates within the United States have long argued for an expansion of government-supported child care, the significance of child care's status as an international human right has not been explored.
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^ While the U.S. is very strict about the use and distribution of Crystal Meth, countries like North Korea manufacture the drug for trading purposes (8).
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Education

A young girl in a school in Mangyongdae
.Education in North Korea is controlled by the government and is compulsory until the secondary level.^ Currently, we are spending over $500 billion annually at all levels of government (federal and state) on bother primary and secondary education.
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.Education in North Korea is free, and the state provides to students not only instruction and educational facilities without charge, but also uniforms and textbooks.^ Without the proper education from qualified teachers and adequate facilities, a child’s education could seriously be corrupted.
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^ African countries should provide the needy families with services such as free education, access to free health care, food, and water.
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^ Another statistic provided by the Global Campaign for Education states that there are 100 million children out there who do not go to school at all.
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[132] Heuristics is actively applied in order to develop the independence and creativity of students.[133] .Compulsory education lasts eleven years, and encompasses one year of preschool, four years of primary education and six years of secondary education.^ Out tasks in the last four years did not force democracy to take a holiday.
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^ One can feel the looting, the colonialization of the American people over the last 25 years by corporate run government, the creation of a dumbed down elite ...
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The North Korean school curricula consist of both academic and political subject matter.[134]
.Primary schools are known as people's schools and children attend this school from the age of six to nine.^ A picture of children in a Kenyan primary school .
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^ By investing more funds into primary education, children will attend secondary education with a stronger foundation.
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^ There are 115 million children around the age of 5 that aren’t in school.
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.They are later enrolled in either a regular secondary school or a special secondary school, depending on their specialities.^ As for the children's education it is been very noticeable that most Labour politicians are so convinced by the state system their cohorts have created that they invariably send their children to private schools or state schools that are 'special'.
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^ They became dependent on passing on knowledge to future generations leading to the first schools.
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They enter secondary school at the age of ten and leave when they are sixteen.
Higher education is not compulsory in North Korea. .It is composed of two systems: academic higher education and higher education for continuing education.^ We need to entertain the idea of having each state handle its own education system, instead of nationally coordinated standards, academic programs, and spending.
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^ Higher-income countries have more money to put into the education system, thereby enhancing education itself.
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^ As generations continue to develop it is clear to see that if our education systems don’t improve, a world halt will come in terms of development in education.
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.The academic higher education system includes three kinds of institutions: universities, professional schools, and technical schools.^ As for the children's education it is been very noticeable that most Labour politicians are so convinced by the state system their cohorts have created that they invariably send their children to private schools or state schools that are 'special'.
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^ To provide at least some kind of education, home-schools can be developed.
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^ The USA does not have a Vocational/Technical Educational System like some countries such as Germany.
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.Graduate schools for master's and doctoral level studies are attached to universities, and are for students who want to continue their education.^ By doing so we could increase the conditions of many of our schools and put students in a better learning environment which could lead to better education if kids and teens want to be there.
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^ The children who attend early schools in the United States are educated in Taj Mahal’s compared to some children around the world.
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^ Denmark has a school structure where pre-school education has a separate level and is included in the public school system.
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Two notable universities in the DPRK are the Kim Il-sung University and Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, both in Pyongyang. .The former, founded in October 1946, is an elite institution whose enrollment of 16,000 full- and part-time students in the early 1990s occupies, in the words of one observer, the "pinnacle of the North Korean educational and social system."^ If one would like to learn more about the History of America’s education system, one could refer to the national section of this blog.
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^ However, by the early 1900's, three nations outside Europe joined the competition for better educational systems.
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^ It hinders education and suffocates criminal justice, health, and social service systems.
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.North Korea is one of the most literate countries in the world, with an average literacy rate of 99%.^ Countries by literacy rate.
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^ The literacy rate was estimated at 17%, one of the worst literacy rates in the world.
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^ Countries with the most World Heritage Sites.
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Health care

.North Korea has a national medical service and health insurance system.^ They are receiving about 1000 Euros a month in benefits including health Insurance plus they make another 180-540 a month doing Government services.
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^ It hinders education and suffocates criminal justice, health, and social service systems.
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^ This is why even Canadians with their government health insurance surprisingly come to the US for medical treatment.
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[136] .North Korea spends 3% of its gross domestic product on health care.^ For health care, a family could spend up to $8000 a year.
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^ Further, that $676.5 trillion is 51 times America's current gross domestic product.
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Since the 1950s, the DPRK has put great emphasis on healthcare, and between 1955 and 1986, the number of hospitals grew from 285 to 2,401, and the number of clinics – from 1,020 to 5,644.[137] There are hospitals attached to factories and mines. Since 1979 more emphasis has been put on traditional Korean medicine, based on treatment with herbs and accupuncture.
A dental cabinet at one of North Korea's major hospitals
.North Korea's healthcare system has been in a steep decline since the 1990s due to natural disasters, economic problems, and food and energy shortages.^ Going by that our Basic Economic Standard has declined by 402 % not including the interest owed which will come due!
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^ Middle East and North Africa(MENA): Countries in the Middle East and North African have recently been experiencing large economic growth, mostly due to the high oil prices.
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^ Some of the social problems which are linked to energy supply are the political and economic tensions between trading nations, the vulnerability that many refineries and power stations face due to centralization, and the development of nuclear weapons from power plants.
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.Many hospitals and clinics in North Korea now lack essential medicines and equipment, running water and electricity.^ Many of the fast food industries who use oil for frying have donated their used oil to the ‘biodiesel’ industry who run their equipment on renewable sources.
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Almost 100% of the population has access to water and sanitation, but it is not completely potable. .Infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, malaria, and hepatitis B, are considered to be endemic to the country.^ Many countries are resisting globalization because things such as illegal drugs, diseases, and terrorism are spreading throughout countries.
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^ My understanding is that such subsidies would distort freee trade between E.U countries and be considered unfair competition.
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[139] .Life expectancy in North Korea is 63.8 years, a 170th place in the world, according to 2009 estimates.^ American Life expectancy is ranked 45th in th world!
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.Among other health problems, many North Korean citizens suffer from the after effects of malnutrition, caused by famines related to the failure of its food distribution program and military first policy.^ That's why we need health care reform NOW in this country - the first step in addressing the medicare problem which will bankrupt us in the next couple of decades if we do nothing.
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^ Blair 'Chicago Speech' 1999 ------- The most pressing foreign policy problem we face is to identify the circumstances in which we should get actively involved in other people's conflicts.
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^ In many ways it is similar to what has caused this recession, there was excessive borrowing, (has same effect of printing dollars) causing excessive demand which has inflationary effects and the unfortunate consequences of that.
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.A 1998 United Nations (UN) World Food Program report revealed that 60% of children suffered from malnutrition, and 16% were acutely malnourished.^ UN 'oil for food' program, etc.
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^ Background Information Although the United States is one of the richest nations in the world, the issues of poverty are very surreal.
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^ They continue to have meetings like that of in 2000 where 150 world leaders gathered to discuss problems and set goals for the new millennium at the United Nations in New York.
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.As a result, those who suffered during the disaster have ongoing health problems.^ Many people, unable to pay their bills, became homeless, and others who were homeless prior to the recession only suffered more during times of reconstruction (1).
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^ Medicaid covers a lot of costs incurred with long term care and other health and elder related costs, but only those who are extremely poor can qualify.
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^ The people who suffer the most are those who belong to unorganized work forces.
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Society

Human rights

.Multiple international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, accuse North Korea of having one of the worst human rights records of any nation.^ Despite the cost of living and national minimum wage differences, many organizations still support the idea of an international minimum wage.
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^ One of the many organizations that help children is called Compassion International.
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^ While domestic advocates within the United States have long argued for an expansion of government-supported child care, the significance of child care's status as an international human right has not been explored.
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[140] .North Koreans have been referred to as "some of the world's most brutalized people" by Human Rights Watch, due to the severe restrictions placed on their political and economic freedoms.^ Blair seems to me to have been right in 1999 to say that we are in need of some principle by which we can "identify the circumstances in which we should get actively involved in other people's conflicts".
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^ OTOH, it would do most people around the world good to study where America is in relation to where they are.
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^ According to surveys given out by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development(CCHD), most people said they believed at the most five million people were affected by poverty.
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.North Korean defectors have testified to the existence of prison and detention camps with an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 inmates (about 0.85% of the population), and have reported torture, starvation, rape, murder, medical experimentation, forced labour, and forced abortions.^ To end the homelessness of the chronically homeless population, about 150,000 units of permanent supportive housing has to be built.
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^ The World Bank estimated that by the end of 2004, only about one third of the population would be in that situation.
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^ Hayse estimates that the project will need about $600,000 per year to keep it going.
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[142] .Convicted political prisoners and their families are sent to these camps, where they are prohibited from marrying, required to grow their own food, and cut off from external communication (which was previously allowed).^ I don't want a lack of funding for these regulating organizations tempting companies to think they can push the envelope of what is allowed and not allowed a little closer to the edge of credulity.
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^ These allow deductions in low-income families' federal taxes.
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^ If not just demanding these requirements, the governments should put down money to ensure that they happen.
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[143]
A uniformed civilian man riding a bicycle in Pyongyang. Uniforms such as this one are part of the national-mandated dress code.
.The system changed slightly at the end of 1990s, when population growth became very low.^ People know the system is rigged and broken and unjust, but they feel as if there is very little that any one of them can do to effect much change.
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^ Areas in the mid-west in rural conditions and low populations are surprisingly becoming very highly ranked among drug users.
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^ Finland, whose economic growth was rather good once the recession of the 1990s had ended, was usually a very low-level net contributor and even a low-level net recipient in certain years, whereas neighbouring Sweden felt that EU membership was always rather expensive.
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.In many cases, where capital punishment was de facto[citation needed], it was replaced by less severe punishments.^ A brief map of countries throughout the world ranging from less to most severe cases of poverty.
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.Bribery became prevalent throughout the country[citation needed].^ The global trend throughout history shows that quality teacher shortages went hand in hand with countries that needed the most teachers.
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^ The truth is that homelessness became a national issue in the 1980’s because of the tremendous impact of the 1973 recession that led to an increase in unemployment and underemployment throughout the country.
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.For example, years ago just listening to South Korean radio could result in capital punishment[citation needed].^ In Indonesia thousands of people were killed by the tsunami that struck just a few years ago, and thousands more were left without a home.
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^ Russia just few years ago declared to set duties on exporting wood.
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^ While bonuses are expected to be half of what they were a year ago, some bankers could still collect millions of dollars.
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.However, many North Koreans now illegally wear clothes of South Korean origin, listen to Southern music, watch South Korean videotapes and even receive Southern broadcasts.^ However, even if a country does have an adequate supply of public housing, many times the housing is located in an undesirable area or has been left to fester in its lack of good management.
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^ Many countries in South Asia, such as Afghanistan, have had very unstable governments in the past, which have lead to more even more poverty.
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^ However, many places have there own gas related problems to deal with even though they seem to affect everyone at some point.
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Personality cult

.The North Korean government exercises tight control over many aspects of the nation's culture, and this control is used to perpetuate a cult of personality surrounding Kim Il-sung, and, to a lesser extent, Kim Jong-il.^ Renewable energy sources are quite new, although many forms are already used across the nation.
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^ Their personal hygeine was horrible, they looked weak, old, unhealthy and many were advocates of illegal drug use and sexual degeneracy.
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^ The Office of National Drug Control Policy, an organization under the executive branch of the United States, has many programs also concerning drug prevention and drug use reduction.
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While visiting North Korea in 1979, journalist Bradley Martin noted that nearly all music, art, and sculpture that he observed glorified "Great Leader" Kim Il-sung, whose personality cult was then being extended to his son, "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il.[146] There is even widespread belief that Kim-il Sung "created the world", and Kim Jong-il can "control the weather".[146]
.The song No Motherland Without You, sung by the North Korean Army Choir, was created especially for Kim Jong-Il and is one of the most popular tunes in the country.^ USA. Question No 2: name the country among others which will have one of the most high income per person in the 2012?
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^ Whereas statistics say that most Christian nations kind of like winter holiday times, with one country exception of course, no mystery which.
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^ Why is it that America prides itself on being one of the most dominate countries in the world when around ten percent of its nation can’t even read?
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.Kim Il-sung is still officially revered as the nation's "Eternal President". Several landmarks in North Korea are named for Kim Il-sung, including Kim Il-sung University, Kim Il-sung Stadium, and Kim Il-sung Square.^ A senior national army official from the Central African Republic (CAR), who requested not to be named, said that about 100 CEMAC troops had been deployed.
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Defectors have been quoted as saying that North Korean schools deify both father and son.[147] Kim Il-sung rejected the notion that he had created a cult around himself and accused those who suggested so of "factionalism".[146]
Critics maintain Kim Jong-il is the centre of an elaborate personality cult inherited from his father and founder of the DPRK, Kim Il-sung. .He is often the center of attention throughout ordinary life in the DPRK. His birthday is one of the most important public holidays in the country.^ But this line of reasoning fails to recognize that direct capital injections have been only one of the tools used during the crisisand in most countries not even the most important one.
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^ USA. Question No 2: name the country among others which will have one of the most high income per person in the 2012?
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^ Whereas statistics say that most Christian nations kind of like winter holiday times, with one country exception of course, no mystery which.
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On his 60th birthday (based on his official date of birth), mass celebrations occurred throughout the country.[148] Kim Jong-il's personality cult, although significant, is not as extensive as his father's. .In 2004, some of his official portraits were taken down from public buildings.^ As of now, most public housing is very basic and is constructed out of cheap materials to keep the cost of building down.
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[149] .One point of view is that Kim Jong Il's cult of personality is solely out of respect for Kim Il-sung or out of fear of punishment for failure to pay homage.^ English point of view many countries in the EU are terra ingognita, hard to figure out.
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^ Out of three drugs, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, which at one point were all very popular, have now gone in different directions.
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^ However, throughout the 1500 to 1900, the educated person was viewed as one who read the classics (Virgil and Plato for example).
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[150] .Media and government sources from outside of North Korea generally support this view,[151][152][153][154][155] while North Korean government sources say that it is genuine hero worship.^ What it has done by taking extreme views on its media campaigns is to skew the whole media into its general direction.
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^ If you say that Iraq had to be 'liberated' because Iraq was a dictatorship then why Iraq, why not North-Korea, and why then?
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^ Since it is our generation that is at stake, the government needs to hear from us and take in our views.
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Korean reunification

The unification flag of Korea.
.North Korea's policy is to seek reunification without what it sees as outside interference, through a federal structure retaining each side's leadership and systems.^ More importantly, it's hard to see how to put in place better policies (and hence put better models to work) without confronting the economic and political power of this sector.
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.Both North and South Korea signed the June 15th North-South Joint Declaration in which both sides made promises to seek out a peaceful reunification.^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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[157] .The Democratic Federal Republic of Korea is a proposed state first mentioned by North Korean president Kim Il Sung on October 10 in 1980 proposing a federation between North and South Korea in which the respective political systems would initially remain.^ The Act was initiated to “ensure accountability and flexibility as well as increase federal support for education.”¹ The Act is the first major federal attempt since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1965 to support the primarily state and local function of education.
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^ During the session, Member States identified the global drug problems as well as outlined solutions and initiatives that would be taken to solve the problems.
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^ This would lead to a more just democratic system where people could elect officials who could improve their quality of life enormously.
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See also

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Further reading

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  • Ben Anderson, Interview on visit to North Korea, Frontline World, January 2003
  • Jasper Becker Rogue Regime: Kim Jong Il and the Looming Threat of North Korea Oxford University Press (2005) , hardcover, 328 pages, ISBN 13: 9780195170443
  • Gordon Cucullu, Separated At Birth: How North Korea Became The Evil Twin Globe Pequot Press (2004), hardcover, 307 pages, ISBN 1-59228-591-0
  • Bruce Cumings, Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History, W.W. Norton & Company, 1998, paperback, 527 pages, ISBN 0-393-31681-5
  • Bruce Cumings, Origins of the Korean War (Vol.^ Oxford University Press: New York, 1998.
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    1) : Liberation and the Emergence of Separate Regimes 1945–1947
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  • Bruce Cumings, Origins of the Korean War (Vol. .2): The Roaring of the Cataract 1947–1950, Cornell University Press, 2004, hardcover, ISBN 89-7696-613-9
  • Bruce Cumings, North Korea: Another Country, New Press, 2004, paperback, ISBN 1-56584-940-X
  • Bruce Cumings, Living Through The Forgotten War: Portrait Of Korea, Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 2004, paperback, ISBN 0-9729704-0-1
  • Bruce Cumings, Inventing the Axis of Evil: The Truth About North Korea, Iran, and Syria, New Press, 2006, paperback, ISBN 1-59558-038-7
  • Delisle, Guy, Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, Drawn & Quarterly Books, 2005, hardcover, 176 pages, ISBN 1-896597-89-0
  • Nick Eberstadt, aka Nicholas Eberstadt, The End of North Korea, American Enterprise Institute Press (1999), hardcover, 191 pages, ISBN 0-8447-4087-X
  • John Feffer, North Korea South Korea: U.S. Policy at a Time of Crisis, Seven Stories Press, 2003, paperback, 197 pages, ISBN 1-58322-603-6
  • Ron Goodden, North Korea commentary (August, 2007)
  • Michael Harrold, Comrades and Strangers: Behind the Closed Doors of North Korea, Wiley Publishing, 2004, paperback, 432 pages, ISBN 0-470-86976-3
  • Helen-Louise Hunter, Kim Il-song's North Korea. Praeger, 1999. ISBN 0-275-96296-2.
  • Kang Chol-Hwan (2001).^ Michael Bay Movies 1995-Bad Boys 1996-The Rock 1998-Armageddon 2001-Pearl Harbour 2003-Bad Boys 2 2005-The Island 2007-Transformers 2009-Transformers Revenge of the Fallen .
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    The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag. Basic Books, 2001. ISBN 0-465-01102-0. 
  • Lee Soon Ok. Eyes of the Tailless Animals: Prison Memoirs of a North Korean Woman. .Living Sacrifice Book Co, 1999, ISBN 978-0882643359
  • Hyejin Kim, Jia: A Novel of North Korea, Cleis Press, 2007, ISBN 1573442755
  • Christian Kracht, Eva Munz, Lukas Nikol, "The Ministry Of Truth: Kim Jong Il's North Korea", Feral House, Oct 2007, 132 pages, 88 color photographs, ISBN 978-1932595277
  • Mitchell B. Lerner, The Pueblo Incident: A Spy Ship and the Failure of American Foreign Policy, University Press of Kansas, 2002, hardcover, 408 pages, ISBN 0-7006-1171-1
  • Andrei Lankov, 'North of the DMZ: Essays on Daily Life in North Korea , McFarland & Company (April 24, 2007), paperback, 358 pages, ISBN 978-0786428397
  • John Feffer, North Korea South Korea: U.S. Policy at a Time of Crisis, Seven Stories Press, 2003, paperback, 197 pages, ISBN 1-58322-603-6
  • Don Oberdorfer.^ Most of the British press have come up with entertaining anti-EU stories, and not just on April 1st.
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    ^ TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/04/26/entertainment/main507388.shtml .
    • The Suggestion Box - sporcle 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.sporcle.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The state, however, is an artefact encapsulating a largely Moslem nomad population in the North and Christian or animist negro agriculturalists in the South and West.
    • Documento sin título 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC webs.ono.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The Two Koreas : a contemporary history Addison-Wesley, 1997, 472 pages, ISBN 0-201-40927-5
  • Kong Dan Oh, and Ralph C. Hassig, North Korea Through the Looking Glass, The Brookings Institution, 2000, paperback, 216 pages, ISBN 0-8157-6435-9
  • Osmond, Andrew, High, Minnow Press, 2004, paperback, 216 pages, ISBN 978-0953944828 Includes a fictional account of the creation of a new state of New Korea.
  • Quinones, Dr C. Kenneth, and Joseph Tragert, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding North Korea, Alpha Books, 2004, paperback, 448 pages, ISBN 1-59257-169-7
  • Sigal, Leon V., Disarming Strangers: Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea, Princeton University Press, 199, 336 pages, ISBN 0-691-05797-4
  • Chris Springer, Pyongyang: The Hidden History of the North Korean Capital Saranda Books, 2003. ISBN 963-00-8104-0.
  • Vladimir, Cyber North Korea, Byakuya Shobo, 2003, paperback, 223 pages, ISBN 4-89367-881-7
  • Norbert Vollertsen, Inside North Korea: Diary of a Mad Place, Encounter Books, 2003, hardcover, 280 pages, ISBN 1-893554-87-2
  • Wahn Kihl, Y. (1983) "North Korea in 1983: Transforming "The Hermit Kingdom"?" Asian Survey, Vol.^ Leaders of Afghanistan must put in place a consensus government to create a reconstruction and rehabilitation plan, which can include an education ministry that will implement a set of plans to revive the education program.
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    ^ According to a 2000 survey conducted by the National Institute for Literacy, 10% of the 28.4 million foreign-born people were under the age of 18.
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    ^ Yes it looks one must be mad not to hunt in such a place.
    • BBC - Mark Mardell's Euroblog: Germany loses revs 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

    24, No. .1: pp100–111
  • Robert Willoughby, North Korea: The Bradt Travel Guide. Globe Pequot, 2003. ISBN 1-84162-074-2.
  • Hyun Hee Kim, "The Tears of My Soul", William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1993, hardcover, 183 pages, ISBN 0-688-12833-5
  • Ducruet, Cesar et Jo, Jin-Cheol (2008) Coastal Cities, Port Activities and Logistic Constraints in a Socialist Developing Country: The Case of North Korea, Transport Reviews, Vol.^ Actually what I think has happened is that outcomes of outsourcing and moving also research and development activities into developing countries were highly overrated.
    • BBC - Mark Mardell's Euroblog: Germany loses revs 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Brazil is currently fighting a battle of drug related violence and cases of weapons smuggled into and out of the country associated with drug production and transportation.
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    ^ By the same token, research and development continues apace for the company in both the UK and the USA where the two countries still have the technical and scientific expertise.
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    28, No. 1, pp. 1–25:

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Asia : East Asia : North Korea
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Capital P'yŏngyang
Government Totalitarian dictatorship
Currency North Korean won (KPW)
Area 120,540 km2
Population 23,113,019 (July 2006 est.)
Language Korean
Religion Atheist. Traditionally Buddhist and Confucianist, some Christian and syncretic Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way) Note: autonomous religious activities now almost nonexistent; government-sponsored religious groups exist to provide illusion of religious freedom
Electricity 220V/60Hz (European plug)
Calling Code +850
Internet TLD .kp
Time Zone UTC +9
.North Korea (officially Democratic People's Republic of Korea or DPRK) [1] is a country in East Asia.^ Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Hungary - Olympic.org Olympic.org Official website of the Olympic Movement .
  • - Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Hungary - Olympic.org 1 February 2010 4:48 UTC www.olympic.org [Source type: General]

^ At the core of assuring regional security and stability in Northeast Asia has been to confront the security threat posed by North Korea, the DPRK. The Republic of Korea has been a critical partner in this effort to end North Korea's nuclear ambitions, and of course the ROK's relationship with its neighbors is an exceptional case.
  • United States-Republic of Korea Alliance: An Alliance At Risk? 1 February 2010 4:48 UTC commdocs.house.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ This would lead to a more just democratic system where people could elect officials who could improve their quality of life enormously.
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.It occupies the northern half of the Korean Peninsula that lies between Korea Bay and the East Sea, also called the Sea of Japan.^ It has done so by contributing to the strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance, not only by dispersing the U.S. force presence beyond Japan, but also by alleviating the Japanese burden of managing instability on the Korean peninsula.
  • United States-Republic of Korea Alliance: An Alliance At Risk? 1 February 2010 4:48 UTC commdocs.house.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ Treaty allies for over 50 years, the U.S. and Korea have fought and shed blood together, not only on the Korean Peninsula, but also in Vietnam and the Middle East.
  • United States-Republic of Korea Alliance: An Alliance At Risk? 1 February 2010 4:48 UTC commdocs.house.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ For the United States, the source of the threat lies in the strength of the North Korean regime, while for South Korea, the threat now lies in the regime's fundamental weakness and its potential for collapse.
  • United States-Republic of Korea Alliance: An Alliance At Risk? 1 February 2010 4:48 UTC commdocs.house.gov [Source type: Original source]

.It borders China to the north, Russia to the northeast and South Korea to the south.^ It borders 14 nations (counted clockwise): Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and North Korea.
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^ Its northern border is shared with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), and both were until 1945 part of Korea, a country occupied by the Japanese after 1910.
  • Minority Rights Group International : South Korea : South Korea Overview 14 January 2010 11:46 UTC www.minorityrights.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I would like to get your appraisal of how Japan, China, and South Korea would react to such an unfortunate eventuality.
  • United States-Republic of Korea Alliance: An Alliance At Risk? 1 February 2010 4:48 UTC commdocs.house.gov [Source type: Original source]

.Tourist travel to North Korea is only possible as part of a guided tour.^ In addition, the question of bombing ranges and whether the U.S. will have to travel to Alaska or Thailand to train appears to have been solved only by an unprecedented threat to withdraw the U.S. Air Force from Korea.
  • United States-Republic of Korea Alliance: An Alliance At Risk? 1 February 2010 4:48 UTC commdocs.house.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ Not only did these events fundamentally alter the U.S. worldview, but in a declared ''War on Terror,'' North Korea was still on the list of state sponsors of terror.
  • United States-Republic of Korea Alliance: An Alliance At Risk? 1 February 2010 4:48 UTC commdocs.house.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ North Korea is the only country that really tries to be completely self-sufficient and will stay dirt-poor while they remain an autarky.
  • BBC - Mark Mardell's Euroblog: Germany loses revs 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

Independent travel is not permitted. .If you are not prepared to accept limitations on your movements and behavior, you should not travel to the DPRK at the present time.^ Also do not forget it was France and Holland that stopped the constitution and Ireland that stopped the Lisbon Trraty - not the U.K. Perhaps you should direct just a little of your venom there.
  • BBC - Mark Mardell's Euroblog: Germany loses revs 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ Your intentions are doubtless good but you are, almost single handedly, driving some of us towards a Eurosceptic position by refusing to accept a third way.
  • BBC - Mark Mardell's Euroblog: Germany loses revs 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ It does not follow that you are right and denigrating your opponents is no better than the ravings of the 'get me out of here' gang who post from time to time.
  • BBC - Mark Mardell's Euroblog: Germany loses revs 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

On the other hand, travel in the DPRK is, if nothing else, a unique experience.

Understand

History

In 1910, Korea was annexed by Japan. .An exploitative and brutal Japanese occupation lasted until 1945 when Japan was defeated by the Allied Forces ending World War II in the Pacific.^ It was sparked by the realization that France was not ready willingly to implement the liberal proposals for colonial development the Africans had been led to expect when World War II was in progress.
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^ That worked well enough until the Great Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression that followed and lasted until World War II. .
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^ The Socialist Party, joined by other parties on the left, soundly defeated Chirac's conservative allies, forcing Chirac into a new period of cohabitation with Jospin as prime minister.
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Based on an agreement between the Allies, the Korean peninsula was divided along the 38th parallel to facilitate the surrender of Japanese forces. .The Soviet Union and the United States occupied the northern half and southern half respectively.^ "For decades we have been dreaming that things in the Soviet Union would be like in the United States...
  • BBC - Mark Mardell's Euroblog: Germany loses revs 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ Because the United States was competing with the Soviet Union at this time, the government wanted to make sure that the most qualified people would be there to help the United States.
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.Unfortunately the two states disagreed over the form an election for a unified Korea should take, and before long both sides created their own governments.^ The problem with this proposal is that it would take too long and cost too much to create these divisions for a problem that may not last long enough for them to be of any use.
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^ France [needs] uranium both for her nuclear power program and the creation and maintenance of her own nuclear weapons program.
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^ It wasn’t long before Anne was teaching Helen to read, firstly with raised letters and later with Braille, and to write with both ordinary and Braille typewriters."
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.The Soviet Union fostered a communist northern half under Kim Il Sung and the United States fostered a western-leaning southern half under Rhee Syngman.^ Child poverty in the United States is usually double than that of other major western industrialized countries.
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^ "For decades we have been dreaming that things in the Soviet Union would be like in the United States...
  • BBC - Mark Mardell's Euroblog: Germany loses revs 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ Because the United States was competing with the Soviet Union at this time, the government wanted to make sure that the most qualified people would be there to help the United States.
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.In June, 1950, a civil war erupted on the Korean peninsula when the North invaded the South and a United Nations force led by the United States entered the war on the South Korean side.^ The state, however, is an artefact encapsulating a largely Moslem nomad population in the North and Christian or animist negro agriculturalists in the South and West.
  • Documento sin título 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC webs.ono.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Background Information Although the United States is one of the richest nations in the world, the issues of poverty are very surreal.
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^ Unlike children in the United States or even Canada, children in parts of the world like East Europe and Asia are often forced to live in destructive and damaging situations.
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After nearly being driven out of Korea, on September 15-16th, 1950, Gen. Douglas MacArthur led a daring amphibious landing of the UN forces at Inchon, just west of Seoul, that dramatically turned the tables. The North was on the verge of defeat with scattered UN forces actually reaching the Yalu River border with China. .But then massive Chinese forces secretly entered North Korea and launched a counterattack that pushed the UN forces back south of Seoul.^ This article leaves out analysis of South Korea's citizenry and government in the decision making regarding North Korea's isolation.
  • Understanding North Korea | Feature | East Bay Express 28 January 2010 1:35 UTC www.eastbayexpress.com [Source type: General]

^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
  • The Suggestion Box - sporcle 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.sporcle.com [Source type: General]

.The battles raged back and forth across the 38th parallel for almost three more years.^ Now I've been back to work for almost a year.
  • BBC - Mark Mardell's Euroblog: Germany loses revs 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ The only difference btw you and me is I can't say "I've been back to work for almost a year."
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^ Exports from the region have almost doubled over the last three years”, causing a boom in many East Asian countries.
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.In the end, little was accomplished except the death of over three million people, the vast majority Koreans.^ Its major advantage was to make the supply of food more secure and above all to allow people to stay a little longer in each camp.
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^ According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, about three million people in the U.S. experience homelessness each year (1).
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^ If you look what farming subsidies cost and how much would the potential costs be of few million people starving to death be, its easy decision to pay subsidies.
  • BBC - Mark Mardell's Euroblog: Germany loses revs 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

.An armistice was finally agreed to in 1953 by China, North Korea and the UN forces, with South Korea refusing to sign, therefore leaving no settlement.^ The completion of a Russian Orthodox church in 2006 has been noted, but as there is no indication of the existence of an Orthodox minority in North Korea this would merely appear to be a ‘Potemkin'.
  • Minority Rights Group International : North Korea : North Korea Overview 28 January 2010 1:35 UTC www.minorityrights.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) is an East Asian state on the mountainous peninsula which juts out into the Sea of Japan on the north-eastern edge of China.
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^ Marijuana quickly spread from China to India, then North Africa, and finally reached Europe around 500 A.D (1).
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.Korea remains divided after over 60 years with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the north, and the Republic of Korea in the south.^ Most people lived in dispersed settlements, cultivating sorghum in the north and bananas in the south.
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^ North Korea is the only country that really tries to be completely self-sufficient and will stay dirt-poor while they remain an autarky.
  • BBC - Mark Mardell's Euroblog: Germany loses revs 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
  • The Suggestion Box - sporcle 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.sporcle.com [Source type: General]

Kim Il-Sung ruled as dictator until his death in 1994, and his son Kim Jong-Il has ruled North Korea ever since.
.The entire Korean peninsula had been economically devastated during the Korean War, but the North, which had been the industrial half of the country while the South had been the agricultural half, rapidly rebuilt its industry and took an early economic lead over the South.^ Many countries in South Asia, such as Afghanistan, have had very unstable governments in the past, which have lead to more even more poverty.
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^ Less education will lead to more poverty and less development which will kill of many industries and impoverish many people in many countries.
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^ Middle East and North Africa(MENA): Countries in the Middle East and North African have recently been experiencing large economic growth, mostly due to the high oil prices.
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.In line with central planning theory the North developed its own agriculture using collectivization, machinery and fertilizers relying heavily on support from the Soviet Union.^ Ideally, it would be great for the seniors today to be able to use their own savings instead of relying on outside support.
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^ Economic and social development plan, 1986-1990, Central African Republic.
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^ Central African Empire: the Capuchin Missionaries and agricultural development (L'Empire du Centrafrique: les Missionnaires Capuchins et le développement agricole), Standard, 13 August 1978.
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This system began to unravel in the late 1970s and 1980s as the Soviet system began to falter. .With the end of Soviet aid in 1991 there was no way to continue to support the agricultural systems need for fuel, fertilizer and equipment.^ The result is that there was a war in Iraq, occupation of Iraq and UK continued presence in the middle east and there seems to be no rational reasons for UK to be there or any advantages to be had.
  • BBC - Mark Mardell's Euroblog: Germany loses revs 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ On the financial side, many cultures find the need to increase financial support for elderly care, since there are more and more seniors needing elderly care.
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^ Realistically, there is no way the government could stop the drug problem with their current funds and limited time.
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.After so many years of government mismanagement, and the bad timing of severe flooding, the North's agricultural system collapsed in the mid-1990s leading to widespread famine and death for countless North Koreans.^ At a time when the system was about to collapse and create a Depression, of all the characters on stage, Bernanke projected the most confidence and the most clarity.
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^ In 1910 society began to see the nasal damage that snorting cocaine was causing and in 1912 the government reported 5,000 cocaine related deaths in the period of one year.
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^ Many countries in South Asia, such as Afghanistan, have had very unstable governments in the past, which have lead to more even more poverty.
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.The North finally allowed international relief agencies to assist and the worst aspects of the famine were contained.^ Also, the International NGOs and Aid Agencies can assist the basic educational needs of children, particularly those of girls.
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.However the DPRK continues to rely heavily on international food aid to feed its population while at the same time continuing to expend resources on its "songun", or "military first" policy based on a perceived threat by the United States.^ Because the United States was competing with the Soviet Union at this time, the government wanted to make sure that the most qualified people would be there to help the United States.
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^ As the United States population increases, the amount of children as well as adults who needs schooling grows as well.
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^ As the high demand for oil in the United States remains unchanged, oil prices will continue to shoot up.
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.Today the DPRK maintains an army of about 1 million men, most stationed within a few miles of the DMZ which divides the two Koreas.^ Most economists think that if we're talking about Indonesia or Korea or Russia, considerations of political economy -- i.e., who has power, what they are trying to do, etc.
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^ At present [1991] they just about divide the market, with a total sales (chiffre d'affaires) of about 9 billion (milliard, a thousand million) CFA a year.
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^ But the chap neglected what the old wizards warned him about, in fact got angry and trampled the old wise men from the forest with his horses and army.
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.North Korea's long-range missile development and research into nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and massive conventional armed forces are of major concern to the international community.^ The US Commission on International Religious Freedom in its 2007 report classifies North Korea a ‘country of particular concern' and documents severe government repression of public and private religious activities and all-encompassing control over government-sanctioned religious practice.
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^ Actually what I think has happened is that outcomes of outsourcing and moving also research and development activities into developing countries were highly overrated.
  • BBC - Mark Mardell's Euroblog: Germany loses revs 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ With the Modern Armed Forces and the Nuclear Forces under it's command no country will attempt to attack Europe.
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.In December 2002, North Korea reneged on a 1994 "Agreed Framework" which required the shut down of its nuclear reactors, expelling UN monitors and further raising fears that the nation would produce nuclear weapons.^ Many nations including America have already developed enough nuclear weapons to destroy all of the populated land on Earth.
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^ I would extend my reforms to include shutting down most derivatives trading.
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^ Similarly, I would shut down the hedge fund industry.
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.Missile testing was conducted in 1998,2006, and most recently April 2009. In October 2006 North Korea announced that it had conducted its first nuclear test.^ The completion of a Russian Orthodox church in 2006 has been noted, but as there is no indication of the existence of an Orthodox minority in North Korea this would merely appear to be a ‘Potemkin'.
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^ Chirac announced on 1 February 1996 that France had ended "once and for all" its nuclear testing, intending to accede to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
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^ Some countries such as Iran and North Korea wish to actually have nuclear power because they believe it is the most effective way to bring their countries up to par with the many other powers.
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.These actions have led to UN, and other international sanctions.^ Hopefully these great excesses will lead to prosecutions when the panic is over and St Obama's efforts have led to little other than 20% unemployment.
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.Current negotiations, most notably the "Six-Party Talks" involving China, Russia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and the United States, are aimed at bringing about an end to the DPRK nuclear weapons program, in hopes that a peace treaty to officially end the Korean War may finally be agreed upon, paving the way for the opening of diplomatic ties between North Korea and the United States.^ Was criminal activity involved in bringing it about?
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^ Home About us Contact us News Updates Advanced search ›› Directory › Asia and Oceania › North Korea › North Korea Overview Quick search ›› .
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^ North Korea's brand of communism is also influenced by the application of the ‘Juche' doctrine in state policy which promotes economic self-sufficiency and self-reliance in defence as well as requiring absolute loyalty to the party and leader.
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People

.In North Korea, the vast majority of people are Korean.^ Its northern border is shared with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), and both were until 1945 part of Korea, a country occupied by the Japanese after 1910.
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^ The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) is an East Asian state on the mountainous peninsula which juts out into the Sea of Japan on the north-eastern edge of China.
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.There are also a few hundred foreigners to be found, however, most of them are fellow tourists.^ However, there are a few countries that have minimum wage laws that ensure more pay for employees like Malta, Ireland, and Poland(1).
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^ Third, the U.S. depends mostly on foreign oil because there isn’t enough crude oil under U.S. soil; therefore, it needs to import most of its oil from foreign countries.
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^ However, according to multiple studies, researchers have found that there are many long term advantages to early childhood development and education.
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.Because of the lack of immigration, North Korea is one of the most ethnically homogeneous nations on earth.^ While North Korea's ethnic makeup has been homogenous throughout most of its history, the continued presence of religious minorities is closely linked to some of the peculiarities in the country's evolution unique past.
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^ Why is it that America prides itself on being one of the most dominate countries in the world when around ten percent of its nation can’t even read?
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^ Drugs can be especially appealing if one is struggling with getting through their daily life because of the bad situation they are living in due to a lack of money.
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Climate

The climate is temperate with rainfall concentrated in summer. Late spring droughts are often followed by severe flooding. .There are occasional typhoons during the early fall.^ "During the late 1940s and early 1950s, there was a reawakening of hope and possibilities for persons with disabilities.
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Terrain

Mostly hills and mountains separated by deep, narrow valleys; coastal plains wide in west, discontinuous in east. Mountainous interior is isolated and sparsely populated.
Map of North Korea with regions colour-coded
Map of North Korea with regions colour-coded
Donghae Coast (North Hamgyong, South Hamgyong, Kangwong, Kŭmgang-san)
Baekdu Mountains (Ryanggang, Chagang)
Pyongan (North P'yongan, South P'yongan, Pyonyang, Shinuiju)
Hwanghae (North Hwanghae, South Hwanghae, Kaesong)
  • P'yŏngyang - the capital city and the former capital of Goguryeo during the Three Kingdoms period
  • Chongjin - Industrial city in the North East, very rarely visited by tourists
  • Kaesong - former capital during the Goryeo dynasty
  • Wonsan - East coast port city rarely visited by tourists
  • Nampo - industrial centre and port city on the western coast
  • Kumgangsan — the scenic Diamond Mountains, accessible on tours from the South
  • Myohyangsan — the Mysterious Fragrant Mountain is one of the North's best hiking spots
  • Paektusan — the tallest mountain in Korea and the Kim dynasty's mythical birthplace
  • Panmunjom — the last outpost of the Cold War in the DMZ between South and North
Kijong-dong village, in the DMZ near Panmunjom
Kijong-dong village, in the DMZ near Panmunjom
.Visiting North Korea can be challenging, and you will not have the freedom to explore the country without a North Korean escort, either as part of a group or individual tour.^ So far no group or individual has claimed responsibility for any of the armed attacks that have occurred, mostly in the north of the country.
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^ If you say that Iraq had to be 'liberated' because Iraq was a dictatorship then why Iraq, why not North-Korea, and why then?
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^ North Korea is the only country that really tries to be completely self-sufficient and will stay dirt-poor while they remain an autarky.
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.There are those who have called for a boycott on tourism to North Korea, due to human rights abuses in the country or how tourism may help finance the government.^ This drug court helps those who have already fallen to illicit drugs.
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^ However, although they’re countries who have stressed education, they’re also those countries who have neglected this important issue.
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^ Also, due to the hard times in Israel, in 2005, the government decided to build homes for those harshly affected by the situations that have risen there.
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.There is no official free enterprise activity in North Korea, and all tourist facilities are state-owned so the money goes directly to the government of North Korea.^ In fact, there was no mortgage at all."
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^ It also stated that the government must strive to provide a “living wage” for all citizens.
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^ Realistically, there is no way the government could stop the drug problem with their current funds and limited time.
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Others cite the possible benefits of Westerners engaging with North Korean citizens, particularly in a positive, friendly manner (i.e., contrary to the stereotypes of Westerners presented by internal propaganda). Regardless of political beliefs, North Korea is generally acknowledged to be a unique place to visit. .The traveller must make his or her own mind up about the rights and wrongs of visiting the country.^ The fact that many in the U.K. and other countries would like to see a vibrant, strong E.U. based on freetrade and movement of people does not make them wrong.
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^ The British people are not as stupid as they are obviously considered to be in Finland and Germany, et al., the British people are probably savvy enough to make up their own minds and are not mere pawns of the British Media circus as the Finns and Germans think!
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^ However, according to the same article I talked about before, many of the rich countries have not lived up to their promises.
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.Citizens of South Korea are normally not permitted to visit North Korea except the special tourism zone in Kumgang and now on tours to Kaesong.^ Throughout the 1950s, South Korea was supported by the US and other Western powers, permitting it to survive the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's attempt to invade it.
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^ The Republic of Korea (South Korea) is an East Asian state at the end of a peninsula which juts out into the Sea of Japan on the north-eastern edge of China.
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^ This article leaves out analysis of South Korea's citizenry and government in the decision making regarding North Korea's isolation.
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.In addition, there have been reports of difficulties regarding Israeli, American, British and Japanese nationals.^ What Can Be Done: In addition to providing organizations to improve the training of teachers, there also needs to be nation wide organizations created to help the parents of special needs children.
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^ Although outside forces as well as inside forces have tried to aid to the people of Latin America, the people there have difficulties accepting the cycle of personal and national crisis at hand.
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^ Russian and British alike (don't know ab the American) is when you sit 2 hrs in one's living room and then realise there has always been another person in the room.
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Americans, in particular, are not normally allowed to visit North Korea, with the exception of during the Arirang Mass Games. .Contrary to rumor, Israelis and Jewish citizens of other countries do not face any additional restrictions.^ In addition, gas will continue to be used as a means of manipulation against other countries, leaving people – perhaps not even involved in the disagreement – without enough energy.
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^ Many countries do not have the government infrastructure and money to aid their own citizens, and many that do have the resources are faced with other social and economic problems (in addition to the issue of homelessness) that also require government funds.
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.Citizens of all other countries will need a visa, which will only be issued after your tour has been booked, approved by the North Korean authorities and paid for.^ Don't know where all these high skilled Graduates(from other countries) are finding jobs when almost every sector of the economy is flat or losing jobs?
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^ If we want to see a better global economy we need to raise the standards of all countries, not only ours.
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^ If we, Americans, can present a better, more respectful identity of the American citizens to other countries, perhaps their opinion of America will shift, if only slightly, and political dealings can become less strained.
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Journalists (or those suspected of being journalists) require special permission, which is quite difficult to obtain. .The North Koreans do not allow journalists to visit the country on tourist visas.^ US States or Countries with the most tourist visits annually.
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.A specialist North Korean travel agency can help you sort out the complex and ever-changing regulations.^ That obviously will change as you have fiqured out, so why not unload those worthless old dollars on me, before you get clipped?
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^ Therefore, if you really want to help out in the fight against homelessness, donate money to increase the amount of services and affordable housing available to homeless individuals.
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^ Go to http://www.unicef.org/ and find out what you can do to help, such as collecting money for the organization, or becoming a voice of youth leader.
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North Korea will rarely in practice refuse a visa to a tourist who meets the various requirements.

Tours

.North Korea can only be visited by an organized tour, but this can be a large group or a party of one.^ One group who was not restricted was the self-employed, which suggests that large numbers of craft workers took a high risk strategy which has obviously paid off.
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^ One group who came in especially large numbers were the Irish.
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^ North Korea is the only country that really tries to be completely self-sufficient and will stay dirt-poor while they remain an autarky.
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.Prices start from around $380/€300 for a 5-day group tour including accommodation, meals and transport from Beijing, but can go up considerably if you want to travel around the country or "independently" (as your own one-person escorted group).^ You want another one?
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^ It's your own life, if you want to keep it - do something.
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^ The price of oil may one day go up again but it is not clear when or how soon.
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Tour operators/travel agencies that organize their own tours to North Korea include:
  • Adventure Korea [2] - Seoul
  • Asia Pacific Travel, Ltd. [3] - Chicago
  • Explore North Korea Tour Group [4] - Dandong, New York
  • DPRK Travel [5] - Toronto, Beijing
  • Geographic Expeditions [6] - San Francisco
  • Koningaap [7] - Amsterdam
  • Korea Konsult [8] - Stockholm
  • Korea Reisedienst [9] - Hannover
  • Koryo Group [10] - Beijing
  • North Korea Travel [11] - Hong Kong
  • Regent Holidays [12] - Bristol
  • Universal Travel Corporation [13] - Singapore
  • VNC Asia Travel [14] - Utrecht
.Most people travelling to North Korea will travel through Beijing and you will probably pick up your visa from there (some agents arrange their visas elsewhere beforehand though).^ There is a certain level below which you can't go, and that break-through is above both others.
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^ There are over thirty ways a consumer can save energy in their house, but most people assume the hybrid car is the only option.
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^ Also do not forget it was France and Holland that stopped the constitution and Ireland that stopped the Lisbon Trraty - not the U.K. Perhaps you should direct just a little of your venom there.
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The North Korean consulate building is separate from the main embassy building at Ritan Lu, and can be found round the corner at Fangcaodi Xijie. .It is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 0930-1130 and 1400-1730, and on all other days except Sundays from 0930-1130. Bring your travel permission, US$45 and two passport photos.^ I told you, one nice posting per century from me is what you get and you just got yours the other day.
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^ According to Boganda, on every day but Sunday, the vicar would work with the youth in the fields from 7 am to 10 am and then again from 3 pm to 5:45 pm.
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^ I would think that you would be greatful that your family owned a buisness that you could work for, not all of us are that fortunate.
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.Your guides will take your passport and keep it during your stay in North Korea, or at least for the first couple of days of your tour, for "security reasons". Make sure your passport looks decent and doesn't differ from the most common passports from your country.^ Most common surnames by country (e.g.
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^ While North Korea's ethnic makeup has been homogenous throughout most of its history, the continued presence of religious minorities is closely linked to some of the peculiarities in the country's evolution unique past.
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^ Poverty can mean different things to different people, but if you take a look at the whole picture, you realize that our world really is in poverty.
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Visa-free entry from South Korea

There is one place in North Korea that can be visited without needing any kind of North Korean visa:
  • Panmunjom (Panmunjeom), the jointly controlled truce village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas, has regular one-day bus tours from Seoul.
.Until 2009, visa-free (or, rather, special group visa) tours were possible to two other places in North Korea — however, at time of writing, these have been suspended until further notice.^ Its northern border is shared with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), and both were until 1945 part of Korea, a country occupied by the Japanese after 1910.
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^ However, in other parts of the world, children have more difficulty obtaining a quality primary education and thus, have a harder time later on in life.
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^ These latter countries and Italy, however, are quite generous regarding care provisions at the other end of the age spectrum.
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  • Kaesong (Gaeseong), open to day-long group bus tours from Seoul organized by Hyundai Asan.
  • Kumgangsan (Geumgangsan), accessible by group bus tours from South Korea organized by Hyundai Asan. .There are daily buses from Seoul to Hwajinpo, the marshaling area for tourists, who then go by special buses through the DMZ to Kumgang.^ There is a certain level below which you can't go, and that break-through is above both others.
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    ^ Another statistic provided by the Global Campaign for Education states that there are 100 million children out there who do not go to school at all.
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    ^ There have been many laws created to help and support those who have special needs.
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    Tours are normally 2 days-1 night, or more appropriately for foreign travelers, 3 days-2 nights.
.All three locations are (were) accessible to Americans, South Koreans, and most other nationalities, although a different list of restricted nationalities applies for Panmunjom (see article).^ America has a Doctor Shortage and also America has less Hospital Beds Available per Capita then most other Western nations, know why?
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^ I believe there are actually three different storylines occurring contemporaneously, and all of them criminal.
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^ Indeed, I shared the American conceit that most emerging-market nations had poorly developed institutions and would do well to emulate Washington and Wall Street.
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Hyundai Asan was planning to open up tours to Paektusan (Baekdusan), called Changbaishan on the Chinese side of the border, involving a charter flights from Seoul to Samjiyeon near Mt. Paektu, with the rest of the tour by bus and on foot. .These never materialized though, so for time being, your options are to visit the Chinese side of the mountain (no special permits required) or add it as an expensive add-on to a standard North Korea tour.^ It does not follow that you are right and denigrating your opponents is no better than the ravings of the 'get me out of here' gang who post from time to time.
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^ If they are indeed eligible for these services, IDEA assures that each of these children will be able to get special education services that are of no cost to the child’s parents.
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^ In fact, a US company can actually use prison labor if the product requires unskilled labor at no cost and split the profits with the Chinese government.
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By plane

.North Korea's sole airline, Air Koryo [15], currently has scheduled flights from Beijing, which depart at 11:30 every Tuesday and Saturday, and return from Pyongyang at 09:00 on the same days.^ It was all part of the same political wave which allowed the Commerce Department to promote monopoly in nearly every area of the economy.
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Air Koryo also flies to and from Shenyang in Northeast China every Wednesday and Saturday, and to Vladivostok every Tuesday morning.
Air Koryo is the only 1-star (worst) airline on Skytrax's list [16] and has been banned in the EU due to concerns over safety. However, to date, Air Koryo has only had one incident resulting in death. The Air Koryo fleet consists largely of Soviet-made aircraft built between 1965 and 1990, plus the pride of their fleet, a 2008 Tupolev Tu-204, which now usually handles the core Beijing–Pyongyang route. Otherwise, you'll most likely end up on one of their four Ilyushin IL-62-Ms (1979-1988 vintage), but Air Koryo also flies Tu-154s dating back to the seventies and Tu-134s from 1983.
.The only other airline with scheduled service to North Korea is Air China, which flies three times weekly from Beijing to Pyongyang.^ Many people, unable to pay their bills, became homeless, and others who were homeless prior to the recession only suffered more during times of reconstruction (1).
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^ North Korea is the only country that really tries to be completely self-sufficient and will stay dirt-poor while they remain an autarky.
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^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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.Neither Aeroflot nor China Southern continue to fly to North Korea.^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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By train

Train K27/K28 connect Pyongyang to Beijing in China via Tianjin, Tangshan, Beidaihe, Shanhaiguan, Jinzhou, Shenyang, Benxi, Fenghuangcheng, Dandong and Shinuiju four times a week. .There is only one class on the international train between Beijing and Pyongyang: soft sleeper.^ This only takes into account one country and there are still hundreds of countries out there where AIDS is ravaging villages and communities.
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^ Stop doing stupid ones like "Time in spanish" or "foods in french" its either a 100% or a 0% theres no in between for those ones.
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^ Both hunted the same sort of food, thus, there could only be one survivor in a given area.
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.It can be booked at the station in Beijing, but reservations must be made several days in advance.^ Finland for several days if they made the reservation or not.
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.Your tour agency will usually do this for you, unless you are travelling on work purposes.^ You must start small, and slowly work your way up to the top, for example, by first beginning within your community.
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^ Unless of course your secret fear is that you don't have that much support .
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^ If you don't want to work, fight for your freedom and support your own family You won't like it here.
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.It has been increasingly difficult to book space on the Beijing–Pyongyang route, so confirm your tickets well in advance.^ We are well down this slope at this point, and it's increasingly difficult to see how we will emerge from the depths.
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Once a week train K27/K28 also conveys direct sleeping cars from Moscow via China to Pyongyang and vice versa. The route is Moscow - Novosibirsk - Irkutsk - Chita - Harbin - Shenyang - Dandong - Shinuiju - Pyongyang. Departure from Moscow is every Friday evening, arrival at Pyongyang is one week later on Friday evening. Departure from Pyongyang is Saturday morning, arrival at Moscow is Friday afternoon.
.There is also a direct rail link into Russia, crossing the North Korean/Russian border at Tumangan/Khasan.^ The completion of a Russian Orthodox church in 2006 has been noted, but as there is no indication of the existence of an Orthodox minority in North Korea this would merely appear to be a ‘Potemkin'.
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^ First, I think people need to see that there is a channel being constructed that has the potential to be effective in directing their anger into real positive reform and change.
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^ It may actually have been so, but by addressing the contract, the Russian government raised the border for foreign oil companies to act in the future in Russia.
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This route is served by a direct sleeping car Moscow - Pyongyang and vice versa and runs twice monthly (11th and 25th from Moscow), arriving Pyongyang 9 days later. .However, since the mid-nineties this has not been an officially permitted route for tourists, and KITC refuses to organize trips using this route; nevertheless, some Western tourists have been successful in taking this train into North Korea.^ Hedge funds can take high risk by using leverage - this is widely known and doesn't involve a conspiracy with Goldman Sachs or any other organization.
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^ The conservation organization has also helped them find work as forest guides for tourists who want to learn about net hunts and local medicinal plant uses.
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^ There have also been local studies in most states on childcare, since I live in Hawaii if I wanted to send this letter I would use some research from the government that I found.
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By boat

There is an unscheduled cargo-passenger ship between Wonsan and Niigata, Japan. .Only available for use by some Japanese and North Korean nationals, the boat service has been suspended indefinitely due to North Korea's reported nuclear testing; Japan has banned all North Korean ships from entering Japanese ports, and has banned North Koreans from entering the country.^ Not all Asian countries have the resources for primary education as Japan.
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^ But this line of reasoning fails to recognize that direct capital injections have been only one of the tools used during the crisisand in most countries not even the most important one.
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^ Not only does law require these things but, some countries have taken more measures that make it more beneficial to be away on leave than at work.
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By bus

.A bus is theoretically available from Dandong (China) across the Yalu River to Sinuiju, it's run by the "Dandong China Travel Company" but is only open to Chinese citizens at present.^ The rat race, across companies and between people, means that this can only be curtailed through regulation.
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^ If you want to have more prospering Europe then you have to level playing field for companies and citizens and that can only happen throe more closer union.
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^ This would cause a sharp decline in available jobs in China, sending many citizens back into poverty.
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Get around

All your transport needs will be dealt with by your tour company. Most of the time this means buses, although tour groups visiting remote sites (eg. Paekdusan, Mount Chilbo) occasionally use chartered flights by Air Koryo.
.A carefully stage-managed one-station ride on the P'yŏngyang metro [17] is included on the itinerary of most trips to Pyongyang, but use of any other form of local public transport is generally impossible.^ Yet, most of the assistance they received were clothing, transportation, and help with public benefits.
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^ The issues that we are considering revolve around electrical energy, which is converted from some other form, most popularly, the form of fossil fuels.
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^ In the last 20 years these continual campaigns have moved not only general public opinion to its side, but it also has rolled other media actors towards its line.
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Talk

The official language is Korean. .Note that North Koreans are quite picky about referring to Korean as Chosŏnmal, not hangukmal.^ And many really don't give a damn about North Koreans.
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^ A post entitled "The Alternative Reality of Christine Ahn" criticized her viewpoint, labeled her a "North Korean apologist," and detailed facts about her life and her beliefs.
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.Unlike South Korea, North Korea has abolished Chinese hanja characters and uses hangul characters, known as Chosŏn'gŭl, exclusively.^ While the U.S. is very strict about the use and distribution of Crystal Meth, countries like North Korea manufacture the drug for trading purposes (8).
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.Your guides will speak fairly decent and understandable English (some better than others) and will translate something if you wish.^ (This is just a sample letter, there are many other reasons to improve childcare but you can come up with your own reasons and use some of the facts that I found in the Study.
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^ Any efforts you or others put into educating people -- or enabling people to better educate themselves -- will surely pay off over time.
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^ I told you, one nice posting per century from me is what you get and you just got yours the other day.
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.Other guides have the ability to speak both Korean and either Mandarin, German, Japanese or French, depending on where you come from.^ If the French and Germans had not objected to the war on legal grounds, you could tear up your theory about a war on the Euro from day one.
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^ At 06:24am on 15 Nov 2008 , Buzet23 wrote: #31, Jukka_Rohila, You do have certain points about the free market approach but then so do the UK about the other extreme approach of the French and Germans.
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^ I take it you are not suggesting that French and Germans also wanted to undermine the Euro.
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.Although locals may be discouraged from speaking with foreigners due to government propaganda that implies foreigners are generally up to no good, and language can prove to be an additional barrier, there is no formal law preventing citizens of the DPRK from interacting with tourists.^ And no locals work there.
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^ Realistically, there is no way the government could stop the drug problem with their current funds and limited time.
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^ Also, due to the hard times in Israel, in 2005, the government decided to build homes for those harshly affected by the situations that have risen there.
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.A visit to the DPRK around their holidays may give you more of a chance to interact with the locals.^ It may be a generation or more before anyone gives serious thought to another large investment in Russia.
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^ You have few times noted about the Finnish education system, but may I ask do you have more sinister motives to praise it?
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^ You by your birth were given a citizenship that people around the world give up everything they know and have to obtain.
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Buy

.In 2002 Foreign Exchange Certificates (FEC) were abolished and along with them went all the different colored currencies.^ Euro started its life as a currency in 1999 and hold 18,14% of foreign exchange holding.
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^ Currency exchange rates and reserves change for all sorts of reason, to try and manipulate either by waging war is crazy.
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^ Currency exchange rates and foreign currency reserve levels are not fixed together.
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.Now there is just the standard North Korean won, which officially trades at 175 or so to the euro.^ There is more Euros in actual Circulation now then US dollars.
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^ Currently there are many child care facilities that just make up their own standards.
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^ Because there are a greater percentage of women in the working force now their needs to be adequate child care standards to be followed internationally.
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.Black market rates (especially in northern China near the border) are more favorable, but importing or exporting Korean won is strictly forbidden.^ Dozens of countries must compete for shrinking export markets and can export only a limited range of products because of Northern protectionism and their lack of cash to invest in diversification.
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.Conversely, were you to sneak out some won, they are practically worthless outside the country, but make unique souvenirs.^ While Rodrik has some points that are worth considering (particularly regarding the need for humility), he makes no progress at all with regard to practical solutions, while Simon's work does.
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^ If Britain makes anything in Russia, or the US, or anyone else, for the matter - they'll lose out to each other in competition.
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^ That obviously will change as you have fiqured out, so why not unload those worthless old dollars on me, before you get clipped?
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.In reality, foreigners are expected to use Euros or as an alternative Chinese RMB, US Dollars or Japanese Yen.^ What is the US dollar worth in Real terms?
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^ Well if countries start to trade directly with euro, the demand for dollars go done and US ability to just print dollars and externalize its inflation decreases.
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^ Iran will announce full opening of its euro denominated oil bourse and ending of oil trade with US dollars.
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.Getting the local money is possible, but it is difficult to use as the shops all want foreign currency.^ There have also been local studies in most states on childcare, since I live in Hawaii if I wanted to send this letter I would use some research from the government that I found.
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^ Of course US army uses all possible things which can work.
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^ The conservation organization has also helped them find work as forest guides for tourists who want to learn about net hunts and local medicinal plant uses.
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Currency handling is often bizarre, with a frequent lack of change and a number of rule-of-thumb conversions leading to highly unorthodox transactions. So be sure to bring lots of small change. .On the other hand, since you will already have paid in advance for your hotel, transportation and meals, your only expenses will be bottled water, souvenirs, snacks, drinks at the bars, laundry at the hotel (which is as expensive as in Europe) and tips for your guides.^ THe Training is also Free and Your paid 10-12 Euros an hour as you learn.
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^ I told you, one nice posting per century from me is what you get and you just got yours the other day.
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^ If you lower the wages for your people, another bank -- perhaps one based in Europe -- will hire them away with a crazy package.
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Pyongyang store for foreigners
Pyongyang store for foreigners
There are numerous hard-currency only souvenir shops at tourist sites. Interesting souvenirs include propaganda books and videos, postcards and postage stamps. .At some tourist sites (such as King Kongmin's tomb), you can purchase freshly finished paintings with your name and the artist's name at the bottom.^ In your name he has clearly expressed the sentiments that motivate you at this special time of reflection on your pastoral ministry.
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.And if you are very lucky you might be able to get hold of some socialist realism paintings, although customs officials are not keen on these things going out of the country, so do beware.^ Yes it is a very good thing to say 'you should not have done this, that or the other.
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^ Another thing I would do if I had the control is have the rich countries help provide HIV and AIDS medicine to these countries if they can not afford it.
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^ You don't have to go back almost a hundred years to find some legal and regulatory limitations on monopoly.
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On the tour to Kaesong tourists are warned not to purchase anything that could be construed as North Korean propaganda including any images of North Korean leaders such as stamps or postcards. No biographies or books are permitted back into South Korea. This is a South Korean restriction, it does not apply to border crossings with China. .If you are leaving the country via flight to Beijing or train via Dandong you should encounter no problems bringing home any North Korean merchandise for your own personal enjoyment.^ Do you recognise your country in that?
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^ So you are here on your own, entirely.
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^ US officials recently held talks with a senior North Korean diplomat, although no formal bilateral talks have been scheduled yet, and sanctions are still in effect.
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.You are, however, allowed to buy post cards and send them to yourself in the US or any other country except South Korea which we are told would not deliver them.^ What the U.S. needs is what the IMF would have told any country: .
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^ But you'll say there are cheaper areas to buy and yes there is but the same goes for Germany or many countries .
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^ The fact that many in the U.K. and other countries would like to see a vibrant, strong E.U. based on freetrade and movement of people does not make them wrong.
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Some excellent paintings on silk or linen were available in Kaesong directly from the artist. Haggling for price is not permitted but the prices are very low anyway.

Costs

.You will pay for most things up-front as part of your tour.^ You must start small, and slowly work your way up to the top, for example, by first beginning within your community.
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^ If you don't want to to put your life or your children's life on the line, you pay for the CAP, you pay for the food security.
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^ Carolina Taxpayers ponied up almost 1 billion dollars to lure the Assembly plant with most of the parts still shipped in from Germany!
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Most sights have a shop associated with them where you can buy bottled water, souvenirs and snacks. These are reasonably priced. .In August 2007, large bottles of local beer cost US$2 at the hotel bars in Pyongyang.^ The damage of Iraq war, of US and UK stopping the introduction of euro as an oil trading currency was largely potential costs.
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^ The Iraq war stopped and prevented the rapid destabilization of US dollar, to Euro and Eurozone it didn't have large current effects but what did it have was large potential costs.
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^ This would also add more local value to exports, an important consideration for a landlocked country for which freighting accounts for such a large share of export costs.
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.If you haven't planned on spending money on gambling at the casino at Yanggakdo Hotel, €200 for one week should be enough to cover your costs of water, drinks at the bars, souvenirs and tips for the guides.^ Also do not forget it was France and Holland that stopped the constitution and Ireland that stopped the Lisbon Trraty - not the U.K. Perhaps you should direct just a little of your venom there.
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^ I believe that although it will cost a lot of money the government needs to spend more time confiscating drugs.
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^ Turn off the TV before you go to sleep, get solar heating for your hot water, and no one has to stay up until 3:00 with the lights on.
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Eat

.Despite severe food shortages in North Korea, you are unlikely to have any problems getting food.^ The longer this problem lingers, the more severe it gets.
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.Your guide will order all your food for you, and you will eat in hard-currency only restaurants.^ You'll find Europeans all over the world, because they have a high currency standard.
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^ If you don't want to to put your life or your children's life on the line, you pay for the CAP, you pay for the food security.
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^ In your belief you would be content to simply sit back, accept all until you are under attack, and then hope somebody helps you.
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.Vegetarians, and people with food allergies/dislikes of common foods such as seafood or eggs will need to make arrangements in advance.^ Its major advantage was to make the supply of food more secure and above all to allow people to stay a little longer in each camp.
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^ Millions of children around the world are dying each day and we need to help out, and I think that the only way we can do such is by helping the people who can help.
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^ Prior to the Industrial Revolution people were dependent on fire for heating water, cooking food, extracting metals, firing clay and making any changes to raw materials.
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.A visit to a "real" local restaurant may be possible; enquire with your guide.^ You can also find and contact your local senators here and write to them about any questions you may have about this or other issues.
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^ Well enjoy your illusions only don't turn on the TV or read the newspaper or visit any news blog sites or your bubble may burst.
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^ You can contact the White House and ask them any questions you may have here or your local senators here.
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.Note that although your food is better than what the majority of the population eats, it's still not necessarily great.^ It does not follow that you are right and denigrating your opponents is no better than the ravings of the 'get me out of here' gang who post from time to time.
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^ People in Eastern Germany still have a better standard of living now than people in parts of Britain and the USA..
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^ One of your bloggers wrote that all great collapses are marked by fraud and corruption, although, sadly I missed the link.
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.Shortages combined with the typical use of Korean cooking styles mean that there is a relatively limited variety of food, which can get wearying on tours of more than a few days.^ However, there are a few countries that have minimum wage laws that ensure more pay for employees like Malta, Ireland, and Poland(1).
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^ Although the NCLB Act has made some important improvements, there are certain developments that are causing more harm than good.
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^ For example, the enrollment rate in South Asia in 1990 was 66%.¹ That's right a 66% enrollment rate, meaning that more than one-third of the kids in South Asia were not in school.
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Drink

The local speciality is insam-ju, Korean vodka infused with ginseng roots. Locally made Taedonggang beer is very good (brewery imported from Ushers in the UK) and some of the Sojus are not bad either. Local alcohol is inexpensive; a 650mL bottle of beer is 0.5 euro. However do not get drunk and cause trouble. .Toe the line and show respect, or you and your guide will face serious penalties.^ If you don't want to to put your life or your children's life on the line, you pay for the CAP, you pay for the food security.
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^ Do you deny what they show, it is that you don't care, or are you both contractually bound to avert your eyes?
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^ How about showing your score and your ranking at that time in your profile so you can regard how you did in history?
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.When it comes to water, stick to bottled water, as other under-developed countries, the water is not always properly treated.^ Not funny, The USA has always lectured other countries on fiscal responsibilities.
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^ It provides low-interest loans and interest free credit to many developing countries, in order to help them improve their health, education, infrastructure, communication, and many other needs.
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^ If we keep the prices as is and when technology improves, we will have extra needed money to invest into researching and developing other fuels for our country.
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Yanggakdo International Hotel in P'yŏngyang
Yanggakdo International Hotel in P'yŏngyang
.This is likely to be your principal expense while in North Korea.^ While the U.S. is very strict about the use and distribution of Crystal Meth, countries like North Korea manufacture the drug for trading purposes (8).
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.You may only stay at "designated tourist hotels", for which you will need to pay in hard currency.^ Then we can focus on a state’s specific needs, as opposed to issuing broad solutions that may only apply to a few states.
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.There may be discounts if you ask for lower class accommodation, if you are travelling as part of a group, or if it is low season (November – March).^ You may agree that the way the United States decides to teach their kids is a full proof method, which it may expect for there are many underlying issues.
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^ You can contact the White House and ask them any questions you may have here or your local senators here.
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.Costs for your tour, which will include accommodation, all sightseeing activities and meals, will range from US$70 – US$200 a day, depending on these factors.^ Production and Trade In 1990, US$ 3 million was spent importing tobacco products (0.7% of all import costs), while US$ 1.1 million was earned from tobacco exports (0.5% of all export earnings).
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^ Fortunately, a person’s race is beginning to contribute less to poverty and maybe some day it will not be a factor at all.
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.Usually you pay for all your meals, hotel and Beijing–P'yŏngyang journey to your tour operator before you leave.^ I would think that you would be greatful that your family owned a buisness that you could work for, not all of us are that fortunate.
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^ I hereby wash my mouth and head, since I told you that all your wealth and animals should come to me!
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^ In your belief you would be content to simply sit back, accept all until you are under attack, and then hope somebody helps you.
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One week in high season at a four-star hotel will then cost something between €1300 and €1600, depending on your tour operator. See e.g. VNC Asia Travel [18], Koryo Tours [19], Korea Konsult [20] and Regent Holidays [21]. .Depending on the rate of the U.S. dollar, it might also be worth checking out the American tour operator Asia Pacific Travel, Ltd.^ And while you might not know it regardless of what the "studies" come out with, American medical care is the best money can buy.
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^ It is worth hundreds of Billions of dollars and is growing at double digit rates, just because the US is behind does not mean it is not happening in many countries and it is!
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^ European countries main form of currency is the Euro, so to compare that to U.S. dollars we must first find the strength of the Euro to the Dollar; it turns out that one Euro is worth about $1.27(2).
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.[22],or the Asian based Canadian company Young Pioneer Tours [23], where you might get as low as €800 for one week as well as North Korea Travel [24].^ So it's like a report card where you are doing very well across the board, but there is this one subject that is really dragging you down.
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^ You may have to go to work 2 days a week instead of one.
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^ Well, one you know, The Chechen Autonomous Republic.
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Work

.If you are interested in teaching in North Korea, you may find success by contacting the North Korean UN Mission in New York, or contacting a North Korean university directly.^ "New York, how do you screw me?
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^ You may agree that the way the United States decides to teach their kids is a full proof method, which it may expect for there are many underlying issues.
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^ I find it interesting that you ignore the comments about looting.
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.Your odds of success are, however, quite low: there is only small a team of 4 English Language Instructors dealing with teaching and teacher training, with a Project Manager leading the team of three, placed in Kim Il Sung University, Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies and Kim Hyung Jik University of Education.^ There should be a push for an expansion of teacher training and education.
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^ In addition to teaching the English language, .
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^ However, this will not happen until the ridiculously low income of teachers improves, and the emphasis of a “good education” is strengthened.
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Travel Warning
.WARNING: Under no circumstances whatsoever are you to say something that could be perceived as an insult to Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-Il, Juche, or the North Korean people or government.^ Blair seems to me to have been right in 1999 to say that we are in need of some principle by which we can "identify the circumstances in which we should get actively involved in other people's conflicts".
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^ Whilst this could be disastrous for people, the population is pacified by the creation of government sponsored service-based jobs which pay the bills but have no productivity.
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^ People dying because they have no health insurance or the HMO will not let the doctor treat the patient properly, you have that in Germany?
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.You and your guide are likely to face serious trouble but assume that your guide will bear the worst of it.^ You will never look back and your steering wheel will not buck like a horse.
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^ Smth like your parliament if you have one (sorry never cared to learn your systems).
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^ About my post 377 – of course i got what you were talking about – i did not like one sentence in your previous post – and mine 337 – was a pure polemic.
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"In trouble" does not mean a slap on the wrist. .North Korea is known for extremely harsh punishments which range (for the guides) from lengthy prison sentences to a lifetime of torture and forced hard labour in the gulags, while you will most probably just be deported and banned from re-entering.^ In that sense you're like most of the electorate.
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However, your conversations will not be monitored, and contrary to popular belief, your hotel room will not be bugged.
Crime levels are practically zero, at least to tourists on a strictly controlled tour. However, pickpockets are the least of your worries. .The authorities are very touchy, and you need to watch what you say and how you say it.^ Yes it is a very good thing to say 'you should not have done this, that or the other.
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^ How can you say to people across europe who are losing their jobs in mamnufacturing that we cannot provide subsidies for you but we can provide subsidies to farmers (some of which are doing very well any way) In many ways this summaries one of the differences between myself and you.
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^ I take it your answer means NO. "EU" lovers seem to have a problem with the word NO. I hope you know how to say NO in your own language.
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.Just do what the guides do, praise every stop on your tour, and remember the rule, "If you can't say anything good, say nothing at all."^ But all this nonsense of 'it's all your fault' has got to stop.
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^ I read them all, so please have your say.
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^ Yes it is a very good thing to say 'you should not have done this, that or the other.
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.Also, the official policy is that you are not to wander around on your own.^ So you are here on your own, entirely.
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^ I would think that you would be greatful that your family owned a buisness that you could work for, not all of us are that fortunate.
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^ Go buy your own in any pharmacy, and remember yourself what you bought and why.
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.You are expected to get permission and/or have a guide accompany you if you are leaving your hotel on your own.^ So you are here on your own, entirely.
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^ It's your own life, if you want to keep it - do something.
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^ I take it your answer means NO. "EU" lovers seem to have a problem with the word NO. I hope you know how to say NO in your own language.
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This will vary depending on what hotel you are in. The Yanggakdo Hotel is on a island in the middle of the Taedong River in Pyongyang. .Therefore you can walk around the area a little more freely than if you are at the Koryo Hotel right in the center of town.^ In this condition we have more freedoms than you do.
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^ For example, the enrollment rate in South Asia in 1990 was 66%.¹ That's right a 66% enrollment rate, meaning that more than one-third of the kids in South Asia were not in school.
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^ It does not follow that you are right and denigrating your opponents is no better than the ravings of the 'get me out of here' gang who post from time to time.
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.You should always be friendly and courteous to your guides and driver who will normally reciprocate by trusting you more and giving you more freedom.^ In this condition we have more freedoms than you do.
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^ PatienceOver, Judging by your 'here' comment you are yet another German poster who's living in a dream world.
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^ You by your birth were given a citizenship that people around the world give up everything they know and have to obtain.
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.For taking photographs, one needs to exercise restraint, caution and common sense.^ With much to take into consideration within the next generation, one thing is clear, we need an efficient energy source and an answer to high gas prices.
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^ These suggestion and the ones stated previously will help to take pressure off the need for oil.
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.If you appear to be looking for negative images of North Korea, the guides will not be happy and will tell you to delete any questionable images.^ Everyday you hear people saying, “money can’t buy happiness,” but have you ever really taken a look at the kinds of people saying that?
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.In particular, you are not to take photos of anything military, including personnel, or anything showing the DPRK in a bad light.^ If you are sick, they take care of you right away including elective surgery.
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^ LOL. but as you are not far, come anything one can always return home, so they take the risk and go not sure where they are going to.
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^ I agree with you that the U.K. should show more leadership, but not towards a federal europe but back towards the light of what the the european union should be, a free trading block.
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.Try to recognize a good photo opportunity, raise your camera at a reasonable speed, compose and take the picture, and lower the camera at a reasonable speed.^ Good try your getting there.
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^ Ultimately your goal would to get these people on a good path where they can succeed on their own, and if your programs become effective they too can expand and become nationally recognized organizations.
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^ I take your point that there should be a great deal of popular anger -- there is certainly plenty of reason for ordinary voters to be upset.
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Try not to spend overly long times composing a perfect masterpiece, or make fast, or furtive motions. .This will only call attention to yourself and the image you are trying to take and can result, whether justified or not, in your being told to delete the image.^ Or, as you say, you need to see it again and again, and perhaps you need to worry about the consequences for your own well-being.
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^ I told you, one nice posting per century from me is what you get and you just got yours the other day.
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^ If you are interested in restricting attention to algorithmic strategies for equities and want to roll your own, checkout the website portfolio123.com .
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Stay healthy

.Drinking water is untreated and there are reports of foreigners being hospitalized in the DPRK after drinking the water, sticking to bottled water is highly recommended.^ What, if any, plans are there being put forward to correct these outstanding problems, and bring us cheap and abundant water and power again??"
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.Medical facilities are clean, but outdated and often lacking in basic supplies, and if you fall ill you might be better off returning to China for treatment.^ Lack of funding for the teachers are not only the problem, but school supplies, facilities, and transportation for kids also play a role in this complex issue.
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^ (NEA) Lack of funding for the teachers are not only the problem, but school supplies, facilities, and transportation for kids also play a role in this complex issue.
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^ A reason for low teacher salaries and poor facilities and supplies is due to lack of federal funding.
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.Contact your embassy or consulate in North Korea (if your country has one) for assistance.^ Home About us Contact us News Updates Advanced search ›› Directory › Asia and Oceania › North Korea › North Korea Overview Quick search ›› .
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^ North Korea OVERVIEW Country Data RESOURCES Minority Based & Advocacy Organizations Sources and Further Reading top of page powered by the webbler © MRG 2005 :: Contact us :: Sitemap :: Accessibility .
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^ North Korea is the only country that really tries to be completely self-sufficient and will stay dirt-poor while they remain an autarky.
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US citizens may contact the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang for advice if needed.

Respect

.It is important to emphasize that the government of the DPRK -- in particular the leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il -- are very highly revered in North Korean culture.^ It would appear that the government sees any kind of religious belief as a competitor to the cult of personality centered on dictator Kim Jong Il and his late father, Kim Il Sung.
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^ A dictatorship under the rule of Kim Jong Il, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is considered by many in the West to have one of the world's most opaque and repressive governments.
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.While slavish devotion is not expected from tourists, especially given that the Juche philosophy of the DPRK is specifically aimed at the Korean people only and is not applicable to foreigners, insulting them in any way is highly offensive and illegal, and will get you and (much more so) your guides into trouble.^ Not only did people use more and more of the already-existing drugs, but new drugs were also introduced that became largely popular to many.
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^ There are over thirty ways a consumer can save energy in their house, but most people assume the hybrid car is the only option.
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^ You must start small, and slowly work your way up to the top, for example, by first beginning within your community.
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.The guides already know how the rest of the world sees their country, it is not worth inadvertently threatening their livelihood by insulting their leaders.^ But how is the rest of the world fairing?
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^ On a worldwide scale, it is very evident that 2nd and 3rd world countries are the leaders in illicit drug production.
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^ Now I don't know how UK behavior can explained, but what I do know is that UK went along with the Iraq war and UK has had twofold relationship with the rest of the Europe, going along but doing it reluctantly.
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Bringing gifts like cigarettes or scotch for the men, both guides and the driver, and chocolate or skin cream for female guides, is a nice gesture. .Please be respectful toward your guides, especially since North Korean guides are known to occasionally take tourists whom they trust well enough to see other places and events in North Korea that they wouldn't ordinarily go to.^ They don't have a place to go back to.
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^ Still think they are wrong in the direction they want the E.U. to go but can respect them for most of the time putting the E.U. above their own narrow national interests, unlike their close ally.
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^ Hedge funds can take high risk by using leverage - this is widely known and doesn't involve a conspiracy with Goldman Sachs or any other organization.
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.Most, if not all, tour groups to the DPRK are asked to solemnly bow on one or two occasions in front of statues of Kim Il Sung when visiting monuments of national importance.^ Most visited National Parks in the US. .
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^ In New Orleans there is another homemade Confederate Submarine in front of the museum and I have to admit it is one of the most desperate looking machines of war I have ever seen.
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^ Of all the drugs used throughout the nation, Marijuana is the most prominent.
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.If you're not prepared to do this, do not even try to enter North Korea. Just be sure you always act in a respectful manner around images of the two leaders.^ Middle school is those good old teenage days that you’re parents always talk about.
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^ And if our leaders do something wrong, we hold them accountable in the form of approval ratings, re-elections, and even impeachments.
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^ At 4:12pm on 29 Nov 2008 , WebAliceinwonderland wrote: tomricc, if you count absolutely everything there is around surely the picture gets scary.
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This includes taking respectful photos of any image of them.
.Any trouble you cause as a tourist will likely be blamed on your tour guide's inability to control you, and he or she will bear the brunt of the penalties.^ You will never look back and your steering wheel will not buck like a horse.
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^ Smth like your parliament if you have one (sorry never cared to learn your systems).
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^ When he causes problems for BP he sends out a strong signal that Russia is a place where you can lose your shirt.
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.Additionally, future tourists will be allowed less freedom and will face increased restriction on where they can visit and what they can photograph.^ Further, they declared that a then pending Senate proposal to regulate derivatives could increase "the vulnerability of our economy to potential future stresses."
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.Other than your tour guide, you will likely not meet anyone else in your trip who speaks English; a few Korean words and phrases are a nice internationalist gesture.^ You will never look back and your steering wheel will not buck like a horse.
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^ This is a small hairy man like a cat in size, who lives behind the stove/home fire, and guards you.
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^ PatienceOver, Judging by your 'here' comment you are yet another German poster who's living in a dream world.
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.Despite the sharp political differences, North and South Koreans generally share a common culture; the various tips in the South Korea article under respect (such as using two hands to pour drinks) will also help here.^ In Kindergarten, teachers are to teach young kids the simple rules that adults use everyday such as the “Golden Rule,” or how to share, simple things such as that.
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^ According to an article, “The unemployment rate in South Africa is one of the highest in the world, 36% to 42% since the year 2000 using the broad definition.
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^ Despite varied approaches to public housing around the world, most housing programs share some common problems.
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Contact

Mobile phones

.The use of mobile phones is banned in North Korea, and your guides will demand that you surrender your mobile phones to security at the airport.^ If you don't want to to put your life or your children's life on the line, you pay for the CAP, you pay for the food security.
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^ So if you have saved a lot of money for retirement you will have to cash in your policies and use that money to live off.
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^ If you say that Iraq had to be 'liberated' because Iraq was a dictatorship then why Iraq, why not North-Korea, and why then?
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.Recently a 3G mobile phone network was introduced in Pyongyang and is rolling out across the country and widely used by locals who can afford and long-term staying foreigners who file an application.^ Nearly 79% of people who need long-term care live at home or in community settings rather than in institutions.
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^ And we ignore our proclivity as a nation to spend, year in year out, more than we produce, to put off dealing with long-term problems, and to engage in grandiose long-term programs that as a nation we can ill afford.
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^ What’s shocking is that out of all the countries in the world, the United States is the largest consumer of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and is increasingly using methamphetamine.
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Sim cards and phones can be purchased in International Communication Center.

Internet

Internet is mainly banned for locals, but can be used by foreigners after filing an application for permission. In the large hotels, internet access is theoretically possible, but must be applied for in some days advance. .If you stay longer, or tell your inviting party early enough, it can be arranged.^ I don't know where you get your figures from or whether or not they tell the whole story.
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^ Tell your crazy man that if Jolly Roger harms his inbreed hound you can get him another one for the price of postage,ha, ha.
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^ At 01:08am on 18 Nov 2008 , WebAliceinwonderland wrote: so get your sleeping pills ready i'm going to tell you a real scary story for the night.
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.There are no public internet cafes or business centers with web access in the hotels.^ He complained that the opposition had not been given fair access to the media and that there was no neutral joint election commission to monitor the vote, which was organized by the interior ministry.
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^ Although this may not please the public, there is no other way possible.
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^ Before you guys are shuffled off to the tent city (hopefully you'll still have highspeed internet access) I was wondering is there anything you need?
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Cope

Foreign Embassies/Missions in Pyongyang

Practically all foreign embassies in Pyongyang are inside the Munsu-dong
.Other EU citizens who need consular assistance can go to one of the other EU embassies as they should offer protection due to the EU laws.^ They need to go to jail.
  • Corruption of Regulators 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.softpanorama.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Japan has reached a plateau and they need to open up their protected domestic sectors if they are to grow again.
  • BBC - Mark Mardell's Euroblog: Germany loses revs 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ The government should definitely try to put aside money into taking action like they do for AIDS and for other issues in this world.
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  • H.M British Embassy to DPR Korea [25], Munsu-dong Diplomatic Compound, Pyongyang, +850 2 381 7980 (International dialling) (0) 2 382 7980 (Local dialling) There is a Duty Officer rota for out of hours emergencies - to contact use international dialling (+850 2 381 7985 Fax International dialling) email:postmaster.pyonx@fco.gov.uk.^ There have also been local studies in most states on childcare, since I live in Hawaii if I wanted to send this letter I would use some research from the government that I found.
    • Summer Economics/ CS 2006: July 2006 Archives 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC iws.punahou.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    GMT:Mon-Fri: 0000-0830 Local Time: Mon-Fri: 0900-1730.*
  • Chinese Embassy[26], Kinmaul-dong, Moranbong District, Pyongyang, +850-2-3813116 fax: +850-2-3813425
  • German Embassy [27], Munsu-dong Diplomatic Compound, Pyongyang, +850 2 381 7385.
  • Polish Embassy[28],Tedonggang - Munsu-Dong, Pyongyang, D.P.R.K. phone: +850 2 381 7325, +850 2 381 7328, +850 2 381 7331 fax: +850 2 381 7634 fax/phone: +850 2 381 7637
  • Swiss Embassy [29], Daedonggang District Munhundong, Yubo Street No. 3, Pyongyang. +850 2 381 76 45, email: pyongyang@sdc.net
  • Russian Embassy Chungang-gu, Singang-Dong, Pyongyang, phone: +850-2-3813101, +850-2-3813102 fax: +850-2-3813427, email: [31]
* The British Embassy incorporates a minor Canadian diplomatic presence, this offers reasonable consular services to Canadian citizens
** The United States does not currently maintain diplomatic relations with The D.P.R.K, American citizens can receive limited consular help from the Swedish Embassy (usually emergencies only)
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North Korea
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  1. Country in East Asia whose territory consists of the northern part of Korea.^ China, is a country in East Asia.
    • Documento sin título 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC webs.ono.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Geographically, it is the largest country in area in East Asia and the fourth largest in the world after Russia, Canada and the United States.
    • Documento sin título 1 February 2010 8:38 UTC webs.ono.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ To all supporting Tiber/Xizang independence/autonomy, whatever you call, Can your country endure part of its territory to be surrendered to other nations?
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    Official name: Democratic People's Republic of Korea

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Simple English

Democratic People's Republic of Korea
조선민주주의인민공화국
朝鮮民主主義人民共和國
Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk
File:Flag of North File:Coat of Arms of North
Official flag Coat of Arms
National information
National motto: 강성대국 (强盛大國) (A powerful and prosperous country)
National anthem: Aegukka
About the people
Official languages: Korean
Population: (# of people)
  - Total: 23,113,019 (ranked 48)
  - Density: 55 per km²
Geography / Places
[[Image:|250px|none|country map]] Here is the country on a map.
Capital city: Pyŏngyang
Largest city: Pyŏngyang
Area
  - Total: 120,540 (ranked 98)
  - Water:n/a km² (4.87%)
Politics / Government
Established: September 9, 1948
Leaders: Leader Kim Jong Il
Economy / Money
Currency:
(Name of money)
Wŏn (KPW)
International information
Time zone: +9
Telephone dialing code: 850
Internet domain: none (.kp is reserved)

North Korea, or the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a country in the northern part of Korea. North Korea borders China, Russia, and South Korea. The capital city of North Korea is Pyŏngyang.

After World War II, Korea became independent of Japan and was occupied by the Soviet Union and the United States. They left Korea in 1948. North Korea was formed with Soviet support. North Korea became a socialist country, and still is. America decided to split the nation to stop communism from spreading to the South, so South Korea was formed with American support.

In 1950, North Korea sent troops to South Korea, trying re-unite Korea and Korean families under Communism. This began the Korean War. American troops led by Douglas MacArthur and troops from many other countries were sent in by the United Nations because the United States wanted to stop the communist political system from spreading. They forced the North Koreans almost as far as the border with China on the Yalu River. Because of this, China sent its troops to help the North Koreans. After a while, both sides agreed to stop the war and leave the border between the two countries close to where it was before the war began.

Kim Il-Sŏng was the first leader of North Korea. He was the founder of Juche ("self-reliance"). In 1994, he died and his son, Kim Jŏng-Il took over. Kim Jŏng-Il is the current leader of North Korea.

North Korea is a socialist country, but most countries in the world agree that it is a totalitarian Stalinist dictatorship.[1][2]In certain parts of the country, the supply of food is not enough. Experts agree that this is because of the system of army supremacy which allows the military to steal food from any civilian at any time. Currently, foreign countries provide food for some of North Korea's population. That is called foreign aid. People cannot travel freely in North Korea because of the government's obedience of the Juche idea. Going to North Korea is heavily restricted, and visitors from other countries must be followed and guided by two army members called "minders". They also do not have freedom of speech or human rights, so they cannot say anything against Communism or the government. Aside from Juche, North Korean society runs on an ideology called "Songun" (army first). The economy exists to feed the army and Kim Jong-Il holds ultimate power as the official Chairman of the National Defense Commission of North Korea, which controls the army. The average North Korean citizen makes 900-1000 dollars a year, while Kim Jong-Il makes 650,000-800,000 a year. He also lives in a palace.

In October 2006, North Korea said that it had tested a nuclear weapon. Although the government says that the test was not dangerous, many other countries and the UN became very angry because of this. In 2002, American president George W. Bush called North Korea part of an "axis of evil".

On 25th of May 2009 North Korea continued nuclear testing, a violation of resolution 1718.

In 2010, a South Korean warship sank, killing over 40 soldiers.[3] An international investigation concluded that North Korea had sunk a South Korean warship with a torpedo. North Korea strongly said that it did not have anything to do with the sinking.[3] When the U.S. and South Korea planned defensive military practices, North Korea's National Defence Commission threatened on 24 July 2010 to start "sacred war of their own style" with "nuclear deterrent" because of "the US imperialists and the South Korean puppet forces deliberately (purposefully) pushing the situation to ... war."[4][5][3]

References

  1. Brooke, James (2003-10-02). "North Korea Says It Is Using Plutonium to Make A-Bombs". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/02/international/asia/02CND-KORE.html?ex=1380513600&en=a29d7f1e49aabee0&ei=5007&partner=USERLAND. Retrieved 2007-10-31. "North Korea, run by a Stalinist dictatorship for almost six decades, is largely closed to foreign reporters and it is impossible to independently check today's claims." 
  2. Baruma, Ian. "Leader Article: Let The Music Play On". The Times of India. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Let_The_Music_Play_On/articleshow/2859521.cms. Retrieved 2008-03-27. "North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is one of the world's most oppressive, closed, and vicious dictatorships. It is perhaps the last living example of pure totalitarianism - control of the state over every aspect of human life. Is such a place the right venue for a western orchestra? Can one imagine the New York Philharmonic, which performed to great acclaim in Pyongyang, entertaining Stalin or Hitler?"