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North Korea’s Academy of Defense Science successfully tested a new submarine launched ballistic missile, Pukguksong-3, off the Eastern coast of Korea. This missile test comes only days before the restart of the DPRK – U.S. working level negotiations.

Pak Yong Mi won a gold medal in women’s 53 kg category of the 2019 World Wrestling Championship. Over 980 athletes from 100 countries including North Korea, China, Russia, Cuba, and Iran are competing in the championship which began in Kazakhstan on Sept. 14.

Dozens of universities in North Korea established new majors focusing on science and technology this year, the North’s main newspaper said Tuesday.

According to the Rodong Sinmun, 85 new majors opened at 37 universities nationwide, including those in the fields of medical equipment, information security, nano-material engineering and robot engineering.

The newspaper also said preparations are under way to open 11 new high schools specialized in information technology in each province, as well as to designate one middle school each in every city and county to focus on technology education.

“This holds great significance in that it enables nurturing talents necessary for economic development in the regions and other sectors,” the Rodong Sinmun said.

In a similar article, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, “Educational system of professional technology was further strengthened through the combination and arrangement of some colleges of professional technology.”

“Technical senior middle schools in various fields were established throughout the country last year and this year to train students into talents mastering at least one modern technology along with the secondary general knowledge,” it said. “Senior middle schools” in North Korea are comparable to high schools in South Korea.

North Korea has been stressing the importance of improving its science and technology levels, revising its constitution in April to state that “science and technology power is the nation’s most important strategic resource.”

The articles came as North Korea kicked off a national conference of teachers in Pyongyang to discuss the country’s future education policy direction.

On Monday, senior party officials urged the participants at the conference to train more “talents to make contributions to the development of national science and technology,” according to the KCNA.

Newly built Mirae Sci-Tech Center at Kim Chaek University of Technology. The university is one of North Korea’s top schools and graduates thousands of engineers annually. The new high rise has development labs to research, produce, and test cutting edge equipment. 

Newly renovated Kaeson Station in Pyongyang. The interior’s lighting has been replaced with LED lights. Flat-screen TVs as well as new overhangs have also been installed next to the subway tracks. The redesign will serve as inspiration for future remodeling of existing Pyongyang Metro stations.

Kim Jong Un and newly elected members of the State Affairs Commission. This group, comprised of technocrats, diplomats, generals, and party officials, is North Korea’s highest guiding organ.

Kim Jong Un and newly elected members of the State Affairs Commission. This group, comprised of technocrats, diplomats, generals, and party officials, is North Korea’s highest guiding organ.

Newly built Taesong Department Store in Pyongyang. Renovated in under a year, the facility is equipped with grocery, clothing, and house ware sections. The department store also has Korean and international cuisine restaurants on its top floor.

Newly built Taesong Department Store in Pyongyang. Renovated in under a year, the facility is equipped with grocery, clothing, and house ware sections. The department store also has Korean and international cuisine restaurants on its top floor.

Kim Jong Un took part in Supreme People’s Assembly elections. He cast his vote for Hong So Hon, the president of Kim Chaek University of Science and Technology.