North Korea

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North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a state in East Asia, occupying the northern half of the Korean Peninsula. Its capital and largest city is Pyongyang.

The Korean Demilitarized Zone serves as the buffer area between North Korea and South Korea. The Amnok River is the border between North Korea and People's Republic of China. The Tumen River in the extreme north-east is the border with Russia.

The peninsula was governed by the Korean Empire until it was occupied 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. 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.

Both North and South Korea claimed sovereignty over the peninsula as a whole, which led to the Korean War of 1950. A 1953 armistice effectively ended the fighting; however, the two nations are officially still at war with each other, as a peace treaty was never signed. Both nations were accepted into the United Nations in 1991.  Source

North Korea Facts

Population: 23 million

Capital: Pyongyang

Currency: Won

Area: 120, 540 km2

Language: North Korean won

Main Religion: Buddhism / Non-Religious

Calling Code: +850

Time Zone: GMT + 9

Main Cities: Pyongyang, Hamhung, Hungnam, Kaesong, Wonsan, Chongjin, Sinuiju, Haeju, Kanggye, Sariwon