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Questions tagged [north-korea]

Questions relating to the government or politics of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)

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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 ...
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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, ...
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Why doesn't South Korea give up its claim on North Korea?

By now it's completely obvious that the Korean peninsula won't be reuniting any time soon. It's also quite likely that the South wouldn't want a full reunification anyway given the enormous economic ...
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Has the Korean War actually ended?

Charles Armstrong on 26 May 2010 stated that: The Korean War began 60 years ago on June 25, 1950, and it still hasn't ended. Fighting on the Korean Peninsula may have stopped with a cease-fire ...
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How is there room for further sanctions against North Korea?

As United States continues to augment sanctions against North Korea, is there a point where all avenues are theoretically exhausted for further sanctioning? It always surprises me when a US President ...
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Is there a North Korean “interests section”, representation of NK interests, or consular arrangement for NK citizens, in the United States?

The United States and North Korea do not have diplomatic relations with each other, and therefore neither hosts a diplomatic mission of the other, although NK does maintain a mission to the United ...
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Does North Korea accept asylum seekers?

Is it possible for a UK citizen seek asylum in Democratic People's Republic of Korea ? They seem to have an embassy in London but I have not managed to find their web-site and any relevant information ...
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Since the war, why did South Koreans make Seoul their capital again?

Seoul is very close to North Korea. Indeed, during the war, the city was even at times controlled by North Korean forces. During this time, Busan was the capital of South Korea. However, today, Seoul ...
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What is the role of the South Korean military service in case of a war with North Korea

South Korea is still officially at war with North Korea and Kim Jeong-Eun, the North Korean leader, regularly threatens to attack the South to various extents. South Korea has a mandatory military ...
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If the U.S. government wants to say something to Kim Jong Un, how it does it?

They have no diplomatic relations, they have no official channels. However, a situation can happen any time as Trump wants to send a message to Kim Jong Un, or vice versa. Closing all communication ...
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Why does the U.S. not recognize North Korea as a nation?

The U.S. officially recognizes only the government of South Korea and not the government of North Korea. I am trying to understand why this is because the U.S. has recognized many other dictatorships ...
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What did Kim Jong-un mean by “denied the existence of … my country”?

According to this statement from Kim Jong-un, Now that Trump has denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of ...
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How exactly are further sanctions meant to prevent North Korea from continuing their nuclear program?

I understand that sanctions in general work in a variety of ways, such as preventing new technologies from being developed, encouraging unrest among the populace, etc. However, it appears to me that ...
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Why does the US engage with North Korea

How does having any type of relationship with the North Korean government advance the interests of the United States government?
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What is China's motivation for being friendly to North Korea?

Since China are the primary importer into NK and exporters of North Korean goods as well as the main contributer to foreign aid, what is their motivation to do that? Why do China choose to be ...
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Why does the US not just accept North Korea's nuclear ambitions and attempt to mend relationships?

Many experts propose that it is not practically possible (without engaging in war and endangering the lives of many civilians, in both US and ally territory) to prevent North Korea from building ...
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Why is North Korean behaviour often described as “provocative”?

The media often uses the word "provocative" to describe North Korean behaviour but if so, what exactly is it that they're trying to provoke? My thinking is that it's the opposite: North Korea don't ...
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Why have North Korean relationships worsened since the June 15th joint declaration?

If you review the June 15 Declaration of 2005, you might think that relations with North Korea had been improving. The progress in inter-Korean relations of the past five years have been so ...
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Why doesn't the USA bomb North Korea's missile infrastructure?

When the Iraqis tried to build a nuclear reactor in 1981, the Israelis, perhaps out of fear that it could be used to develop nuclear weapons, bombed it. Why won't the US bomb North Korea's ballistic ...
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What did Trump mean when he mentioned “extortion money” for North Korea?

In a recent tweet, Trump said: The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer! But I don't get it, what does he mean with "...
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Why haven't Japan intercepted the North Korean missile? [duplicate]

North Korea just fired a missile over Japan's air space. Why couldn't Japan intercept that missile? Japan apparently possess Patriot PAC3, and its own Chu SAM.
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Why hasn't the US tried to stop the North Korean missiles?

The US has several anti-ballistic missile systems in South Korea and I think some more in Japan, so why haven't they tried to shoot down the North Korean missiles, like the one that North Korea just ...