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How does North Korea appoint its mayors and governors?

Local elections have been held since 1999.[16] The people elect representatives to city, county, and provincial people's assemblies in local elections every four years.[1] The number of ...
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Did any country condemn Senegal for importing so much goods from North Korea?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_North_Korea According to Wikipedia, in 2021, 20.4% of North Korea's exports went to Senegal, almost as much as China's share of North Korea's exports. I was ...
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Has the EU or EC done anything to stop laborers from North Korea from being exploited in Poland?

"I could feel the tremendous fear he was going through. The fear that something horrible would happen to his family because he did not return to North Korea," says Kati Piri, a Dutch Social ...
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What are the costs and benefits associated to having a permanent mission in UNESCO for North Korea?

North Korea has “unilaterally” closed its embassy in Angola, according to the southern African nation, in what appears to be part of a wider series of DPRK embassy closures around the world. The ...
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What does North Korea gain from making voting compulsory?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsory_voting What does North Korea gain by making voting compulsory? North Korea doesn't have a democracy, and yet, it practices compulsory voting. What does North ...
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How much success did North Korea achieve by increasing tensions as a means to extract concessions?

How much success did North Korea achieve by increasing tensions as means to extract concessions? https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/north-koreas-kim-calls-change-status-south-warns-war-2024-01-...
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Is there an incentive for Russia to respect some UN sanctions against North Korea?

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) export and Russia’s procurement of DPRK ballistic missiles, as well as Russia’s use of these missiles ...
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What is exactly the issue with Russia using North Korean missiles?

Reading Ukraine is 'test site' for N. Korean missiles -S. Korea The United States and its allies on Wednesday condemned what they described as Russia's firing of North Korean missiles at Ukraine, ...
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Why do soldiers not rebel in impoverished dictatorships?

Why do countries like the DPRK exist? why do people not spontaneously organize into a decentralized structure. Alas rulers/dictators either dead or alive have always been supported by an army. Kim ...
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Was there an effort to modify the US-Korea FTA to prevent North Korean goods from entering America duty-free?

Human Rights Watch generally takes no position on free trade per se, and the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is no exception. Instead, we believe that trade agreements can provide important ...
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Are/were anti-US murals and posters in Pyongyang gone for good since 2018?

NY Post claimed in 2018: Gone are the posters depicting the U.S. as a “rotten, diseased, pirate nation” and promising “merciless revenge” on American forces for an imagined attack on the totalitarian ...
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What are some of the amendments made to reduce the ideological influence on the North Korean judiciary?

The penal code is based on the principle of nullum crimen sine lege (no crime without a law), but remains a tool for political control despite several amendments reducing ideological influence.[4] ...
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About N. Korea's Nukes and Delivery Systems

Sorry if this question is inappropriate for this SE or perhaps too technical but it is frankly a genuine concern for me. Basically, the question is, how much should the claims of NK be believed? My ...
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What has Russia committed to NOT doing with North Korea, trade-wise?

Putin and Kim seem to be on a little bit of a bromance these days. It is speculated that Russia wants to get North Korean ammunition for its "special military operation" in Ukraine. North ...
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What are possible sanctions the U.S. could put against North Korea if they were to provide arms to Russia?

Foreign governments and experts have speculated that Kim will likely supply ammunition to Russia in exchange for receiving advanced weapons or technology from Russia. Milley and the other defense ...
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Could there have been advantages to extending an invitation to North Korea to observe the Belt and Road Initiative?

Could there have been advantages to extending an invitation to North Korea to observe the Belt and Road Initiative? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belt_and_Road_Initiative Observers North Korea[72] ...
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Who is the Kim Kun Ok that North Korea named their recent submarine after?

According to CNN The submarine, named “Hero Kim Kun Ok,” was launched to much fanfare at a ceremony attended by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday, according to the state-run Korean Central ...
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Is it possible for the Worker's Party of North Korea to become a minority?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_People%27s_Assembly Under the 1972 Constitution, the number of seats in the Assembly was 655.[3] This was increased to 687 following the 1986 election.[4] In ...
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Does political lobbying exist in North Korea?

Up until his death, Kim Jong Il maintained a strong national military-first political system that equated stability with military power. Kim Jong Un continues to carry on the militarized political ...
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What did North Korea's diplomatic mission achieve in Germany?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_diplomatic_missions_of_North_Korea I was looking at the article and noticed that North Korea has an embassy with Germany surprisingly enough. Knowing that there's ...
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Which countries other than China deport illegal North Korean immigrants back to North Korea?

The Chinese government routinely labels North Koreans as illegal “economic migrants” and forcibly repatriates them under a 1986 bilateral border protocol. But as a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention ...
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Was North Korea sanctioned for providing arms and advisors to Libya?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_involving_North_Korea In this article, we see that North Korea was caught providing weapons and advisors to Libya during the civil war, but I am wondering if ...
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How can one tell the missiles North Korea showed Sergei Shoigu are banned?

Source Russia’s defense minister accompanied North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to a defense exhibition that featured the North’s banned ballistic missiles as the neighbors pledged to boost ties, North ...
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How do "opposition parties" in the North Korean parliament get their seats?

When looking at Wikipedia, I noticed that the Parliament of North Korea has multiple parties in the Parliament besides the Workers' Party, united under one coalition. From the question Is there ...
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How do Realists explain US intervention in the Korean War?

Many sources argue that President Harry Truman went into Korea to prevent the conquest of an independent nation by the communist North. His motivations stemmed from the urge to resist the advancing ...
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Are there any international rules against firing ballistic missiles over other countries?

The BBC reports that (for the 2nd time since 2017) "North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan". The missile fell into the Pacific ocean. I'm guessing there are some treaties on the ...
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Has China shown any inclination towards a unified Korea?

If North Korea fell to South Korea, and China could get the US out of the peninsula, China would exchange an erratic belligerent poor state for a stable affluent trading partner on its border at the ...
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What might be dissuading Russia to sell advanced nuclear and military technologies to North Korea after the economic sanctions imposed against Russia?

What might be dissuading Russia to sell advanced nuclear and military technologies to North Korea after the economic sanctions against Russia? Since Russia feared NATO sanctions from weapon sales and ...
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How come there are still two Koreas?

How come there are still two Koreas while the other divisions created by the Cold War have ended? Do the people of Korea want the division to continue?
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Has the Russian Federation received any meaningful help from China or North Korea other than political statements against US/NATO/EU?

Ukraine has been receiving at least some help from various countries. I have read about many countries are sending gear and weapons to Ukraine. Almost every country is supporting Ukraine morally. ...
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Is it legal in the US to take down North Korea's internet?

(Not sure if this question should be in the Law.SE, but it is deeply political) American hacker says he keeps turning off internet in North Korea This sounds pretty crazy to me because: Denial-of-...
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Can the popular opinion in North Korea be determined?

What are the approaches for outsiders to measure/poll public opinion in a closed society like North Korea? In particular, are any figures for the political support of the current government accepted ...
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Does North Korea get permission to test-fly weapons over China and Russia?

The CNN video Experts on what North Korea's series of missile tests may mean summarizes several tests of different "flying objects" including (apparently) two hypersonic missiles or at least ...
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What are the most reliable source for information about North Korea politcal and social system?

I think that both internal and external sources wouldn't be fair about the data in two opposite ways, either improving or destroying the image of the country. What could be a trustable source of ...
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Why was it so bad for Kim Jong Nam to "visit" Japan with a fake pass?

According the numerous news sources, Kim Jong Nam lost his "crown prince" position after he tried to visit the Tokyo Disneyland with a forged passport. Yes, but... such things happen. ...
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Why China does not conquer North Korea now? [closed]

North Korea did not have a new nuclear test, and no rocket test since years ago. Its likely reason is economical (hunger), and political (doing this too much annoys all the big dogs around them - not ...
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Why is North Korea refusing COVID vaccine donations?

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/kim-jong-un-rejects-covid-vaccine-offer-urges-north-korea-n1278445 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered officials to wage a tougher epidemic prevention campaign ...
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How does having other countries support a security guarantee increases the likelihood that this security guarantee will be followed through?

But Putin, keen to use the summit to burnish Russia’s diplomatic credentials as a global player, said he believed any U.S. guarantees might need to be supported by the other nations involved in ...
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Is there any restriction on whom can use the Seoul–Pyongyang hotline and for what type of communication it can be used?

North Korea’s state media outlet, KCNA, also said all inter-Korean communication channels resumed operation at 10 a.m. Tuesday (0100 GMT) in line with an agreement between Moon and Kim. “The two ...
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Why won't China or Russia modernize North Korea's army by selling them modern military equipment?

North Korea's uses many outdated tanks, mostly T-62s, or based on T-62s, many of which would be expected to be ineffective against the more modern Abrams tank. The S-400 missile system is the best ...
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Who would have the strongest claim to power if Kim Jong Un were to die tomorrow?

Who would have the strongest claim to power if Kim Jong Un were to die tomorrow? Does his sister have the strongest claim, or is she likely to get shun by the North Korean elites, because she's a ...
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Is South Korea a province of Korea?

I am aware of the debate between whether Taiwan is a province of China vs whether Taiwan and China are 2 separate countries. For that issue, China's official name is People's Republic of China and ...
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Why did the US invade Iraq for weapons of mass destruction but not North Korea [duplicate]

Why can the US invade Iraq for weapons of mass destruction but not North Korea who have confirmed nuclear weapons? Are they more scared of NK?
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How is North Korea democratic, if there's only one party with one ideology?

How is North Korea, which is officially called the "Democratic People's Republic of Korea", democratic, if there's only one party with one ideology? Is this a moving box in a non-movable box?...
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Is any country allowed to purchase conventional arms from North Korea?

North Korea Military Parade 2020 I was watching the latest North Korean video on its military parade. Looks like they have developed an impressive arsenal, and more importantly, a formidable defense ...
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How come Orwell's 1984 and North Korea are so similar? [closed]

Is it just a coincidence that Orwell published the book 1984 in June 1949 and North Korea was founded in September 1948? I'm watching documentaries about North Korea and I'm shook by the similarities,...
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How does the United Nations get information on North Korea's economy?

I have read from a Bloomberg article that the North Korea economy has expanded by 1.8% according to the United Nations. However, I know the North Korean government is secretive with information about ...
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How much of North Korea's economy is supported by the black market?

I read from a news article that North Korea is generally supported by a black market that the government generally accepts . What percent of the economy is supported by this black market and how much ...
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Why did G.W. Bush remove North Korea from the list of sponsors of terrorism?

According to some news reports: The designation of state sponsor of terror was removed from North Korea by President George W. Bush in 2008. North Korea was named among the ‘axis of evil’ countries ...
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What makes North Koreans to never manifest any rebellion or movement for democracy or civil rights? How come Kim Jong-un so successful at this?

How come North Koreans never rebel for democracy against the autocratic rule, whereas almost every other country in the world has successfully seen or is rebelling against the authoritarianism in some ...
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