Territory in northeast Asia, nominally ruled since 1948 by the Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk

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

Measures of Freedom

North Korea | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Not Free, Aggregate Score: 3, Political Rights: 7, Civil Liberties: 7
"In October 2015, North Korea celebrated the 70th anniversary of the ruling Korean Workers' Party (KWP) with a large military parade in Pyongyang and a speech by leader Kim Jong-un. Kim reportedly granted amnesty to thousands of prisoners in the run-up to the event, though political prisoners were apparently excluded. Also in October, state media announced plans to convene a seventh congress of the KWP in May 2016, which would be the first party congress since 1980."

Articles

North Korea's Nukes: Why Now?, by Justin Raimondo, 11 Oct 2006
"When longtime 'Glorious Leader' Kim Il-Sung died, there was, at first, some question as to who would succeed him: the father had made his intention clear that his son was to take the helm, but this was by no means foreordained - there was competition for the job, coming from the military and the various factions within the Workers Party of Korea, the one-party dictatorship that has ruled North Korea since the end of World War II."
Related Topic: South Korea

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