Questions tagged [north-korea]

Questions relating to the government or politics of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), known as North Korea to the rest of the world.

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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North Korea's uses many outdated tanks, mostly T-62s, or based on T-62s, many of which would be expected to be ineffective against the more modern Abrams tank.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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What would most likely happen if KJU threw in the towel and asked the South Korean government to take over?

If China would never allow it, let's just assume they aren't a factor and NK stands alone. Would the SK government even be willing to take a completely broken country under its wing? And if they did ...
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Why haven’t North Korea already signed a peace treaty with South Korea?

After the end of the Korean War North Korea, China and the US had signed an armistice (as mentioned in the article, South Korea never signed the agreement), that formally ended the war. Considering ...
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Why won't the U.S. sign a peace treaty with North Korea?

Why won't the U.S. sign a peace treaty with North Korea? Is there a reason why it wasn't done sometimes after the cease fire? What was the purpose of not signing a peace treaty with North Korea if the ...
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Does the North Korea Kim Jong Un have an heir?

Does the North Korean leader have an heir apparent for his successor? I think he was hidden even during his studies in Switzerland. Is there any heir apparent?
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Why does North Korea test their nuclear weapons underground?

When the U.S. and the Soviet Union were testing their nuclear bombs during the Cold War, they did the testing above ground. Why does North Korea test their nuclear weapons below ground, and how is it ...
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Why do world governments allow North Korea to continue to exist with it's current government? [closed]

I was recently listening to the story of a North Korean defector that was born and raised in internment camp #14. Hearing about the horrendous conditions, the brutal treatment of people, and the ...
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Paektu / Changbai border dispute — why does the BBC shade a large area around the mountain?

In this BBC News article, an area around Paektu / Changbai is shaded in grey despite being clearly north of the DPRK/PRC-border. Although there is a border dispute around the mountain, that would ...
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Why doesn't US use military force to retrieve citizens from North Korea?

There have been several American citizens detained in North Korea and one mortally injured during his incarceration. Under what circumstances do countries (such as the USA) use military force to ...
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Has North Korea made any statement on the alleged attack on its embassy in Madrid?

According to the BBC: On 22 February, a group of 10 assailants reportedly broke into the building, tying up, beating and interrogating eight people inside. The incident took place just days before a ...
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Is the timing of the US-North-Korea summit in Vietnam and Michael Cohen's testimony in Congress coincidence?

Both event happened more or less at the same time. I wonder if this is a coincidence or actually a coordinated set of events? In particular, was the summit arranged by Trump at the same time as the ...
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Are Russian, North Korean and other countries' show of strength aimed for a domestic or international audience?

I don't know if I'm asking this on a correct site but here it goes. I've noticed this trend on many occasions. Examples: recently Russia announced the start of production of new "superweapons" such as ...
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What would a ''united'' Korea look like for the west.....? [closed]

After decades of isolationism from the South, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said he wanted to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons when he met with a special envoy from South Korea, the ...
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Has the Kim dynasty had significant control over the starvation of their people?

The Kim's are generally portrayed in the US media as ruthless cold blooded dictators who repress their populace. It's widely known that there is widespread lack of food in North Korea. But how much of ...
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Who is "Destiny Pictures", and has there been anything similar to this video before?

The Washington Post news article Reporters thought this video was North Korea propaganda. It came from the White House. includes a five minute video shown in Singapore immediately before the US ...
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Can North Korea open source its atomic bomb and missile technology? [closed]

Can North Korea open source its atomic bomb and missile technology (put all schematic and methods how build on internet or print books)? This is one way keep its technology by give technology to every ...
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How close is North Korea to a viable nuclear deterrent? [duplicate]

Today, for the first time in history, the leaders of North Korea and the USA met with a handshake. They both agreed to denuclearise the Korean peninsula. But for me this seems ridiculous. I ...
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Why was Singapore chosen to host the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un?

What is the reasoning for choosing Singapore to host the North Korea–United States summit? There are many other neutral places as far as I can tell, e.g. Japan. So why Singapore, of all places?
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Why is North Korea so active in Intellectual Property-related conventions?

North Korea is a poor, communist and very isolated country, that is not very active on the international stage (except when it comes to nuclear weapons). It therefore is also not party to a large ...
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Letter from North Korea

On June 1, Kim Yong Choi hand delivered a "large" letter from the North Korean president to President Trump. Did the physical letter and envelope actually come from North Korea, or was a file ...
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Why does North Korea frequently send teams to the Olympics?

It is well established that North Korea maintains tight control over its media and internet access to keep its citizens in the dark about the outside world. Given that, why does North Korea ...
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Is there anything Democratic about the DPRK?

It's a bit of a running joke that dictatorships have the word "Democratic" in their name, and this is especially well known for the "Democratic People's Republic of Korea". My question is, though, is ...
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Did North Korea say "we will meet you on the nuclear battlefield", causing Trump to cancel June 12 summit?

On CNN (5/27/18) Rudy Giuliani said that North Korea's statement on May 23 (that Trump characterized as "tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement") contained the ...
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What evidence is there that North Korea's leaders have always wanted to meet a US President?

It's been reported on a number of news channels that President Trump's meeting of North Korea's leader Kim Jun Un could be a propaganda victory for Kim Jun Un. All the reports claim that North Korea'...
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Who negotiated the release of the prisoners out of North Korea?

On the 10th of May 2018, three prisoners, Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song, were released from North Korea. Did anyone negotiate for the release or was it just a show of goodwill by Kim Jong-...
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Why did North Korea not broadcast internally an historical event such as Kim-Moon meeting? [closed]

According to Washington Post, Kim-Moon meeting was a historical event: In 2016, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened to strike the residence of South Korea's president with missiles, ...
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Why would the US want a peace treaty in the Korean peninsula?

The United States have some projects in South Korea that would be negatively impacted by cooperation with the North: A ballistic missile defence (BMD) system in South Korea. Its defence area allow to ...
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How much influence has Donald Trump had on current efforts to improve relations with North Korea?

Recently it has been reported that: Kim Jong-un has pledged a "new history" in relations with his neighbour as he became the first North Korean leader to set foot in South Korea since the end of the ...
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How will Trump’s tariffs affect North Korea?

How will Trump’s tariffs affect North Korea? Do tariffs mainly worsen the condition of the North Korean economy?
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What did Kim Jong-un travel to Beijing for?

Many news outlets are claiming that Kim Jong-un traveled to Beijing today: CNN: 'Strong possibility' North Korea's Kim Jong Un made surprise Beijing visit Beijing (CNN) North Korea's leader Kim ...
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Why are states purportedly performing assassinations with chemical and radioactive weapons?

Purportedly the Russian state assassinated Alexander Litvinenko by poisoning with him with: radioactive polonium-210, believed to have been administered in a cup of tea Alexander Litvinenko: ...
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Which flag will North and South Korea march under at the Olympic games?

I read through a BBC article which stated that Kim Jong Un's sister is likely to attend the opening ceremony of this years Olympic games in Pyeongchang. The was one thing that got me confused though: ...
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Is it accurate to compare the nuclearization of North Korea with that of Pakistan and India? Why or why not?

I heard a prominent university professor say on the radio the other day that we shouldn’t worry about North Korea going nuclear, because Pakistan and India both went nuclear peacefully - is this an ...
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How are women integrated into the North Korean military?

Background Korean People's Army soldiers (per Wikipedia) About 25% of North Korea's population is in either an active duty role or a reserve/paramilitary role in the Korean People's Army, and North ...
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What's the relationship between North Korea and Russia?

We all know the relationship between the USA and North Korea and how the two presidents keep threatening each other. I know that the majority of the EU stands with Trump in this matter, but do we know ...
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Which part of the Korean border is off-limits to North Korean soldiers?

The North/South Korean border looks like: So there are at least 3 (or possibly more) borders that can be crossed: The North Korea/DMZ border The military demarcation line The DMZ/South Korea border ...
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What would it take to shut down NK’s internet? [closed]

According to the South Korean govt, North Korea makes quite a bit of money of crypto mining and hacking. If we could shut off there internet, we could make this income a lot harder to get and access, ...