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Kim Jong Un took part in Supreme People’s Asse…

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.

The central control room of the Pukchang Therm…

The central control room of the Pukchang Thermal Power Complex. North Korea’s largest power plant, it recently completed an expansion project that saw the installation of new generating equipment. The plant is currently renovating circulating pumps and manufacturing feeding pump blades to further boost electricity production.

N. Korean media highlight high-tech achievemen…

North Korea’s media outlets are repeatedly playing up the importance of information and communications technology (ICT) apparently as part of an effort to attain economic development.

DPRK Today, a propaganda website run by the Pyongyang regime, said in an article Wednesday that a laboratory affiliated with the North’s most prestigious university has developed a number of advanced artificial intelligence programs and systems.

The article said that the IT Institute of the Latest Science Institute of Kim Il Sung University has been chosen as one of the North’s 10 best ICT enterprises of 2018.

A Korean language voice recognition program and a Korean language document recognition program, both developed by the Kim Il Sung University institute, have been certified as the best artificial intelligence technology products, it noted.

The institute has also developed an integrated search system based on the North’s internal network within six months, making it possible to quickly and accurately search for information stored on hundreds of websites, the article said.

The Pyongyang-based institute is now in the process of developing a simultaneous interpretation program, a free conversation software combining voice and character recognition technologies, and a program capable of recognizing any handwriting, it said.

According to a recent report of the Rodong Sinmun, the 29th National Exhibition of IT Achievements that opened at the Sci-Tech Complex in the North’s capital on Nov. 7 featured a voice-controlled smart home system and other advanced information technology devices developed by the Kim Il Sung University institute.

The mouthpiece of the North’s ruling party argued that an intelligent speaker is capable of recognizing human voice to automatically control household devices, including fans, air conditioners, televisions and lights.

Watchers say that North Korea appears to be actively coping with the latest global trends in the IT sector under North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s campaign for economic development.

“Well aware that the introduction of high value-added industries would speed up economic development, the North appears to have embarked on its own fourth industrial revolution. It seeks to maximize productivity by elevating the level of automation through the integration of ICT,” said Lim Eul-chul, a professor at Kyungnam University.

“What is important is the commercialization of indigenously developed technologies. With only the domestic market available, the North appears to be preparing for a market opening and reform after denuclearization and sanctions relief.”

– Yonhap News Agency

Kim Jong Un crossed the DMZ to greet South Kor…

Kim Jong Un crossed the DMZ to greet South Korean President Moon Jae-in. He then invited Moon to cross briefly North with him before returning to the Southern side. The two will hold a one day summit where they will discuss issues related to inter-Korean relations.

Xi Jinping, president of China, hosted a grand…

Xi Jinping, president of China, hosted a grand banquet to welcome Kim Jong Un to Beijing. During Kim Jong Un’s first international trip as the leader of North Korea, the two statesmen had substantial talks about the current political situation on the Korean peninsula and pledged to improve cooperation between China and North Korea. 

The North and South Korean Winter Olympic Team…

The North and South Korean Winter Olympic Teams marched together under the Korean Unification flag at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The athletes were greeted by a thunderous applause when they joined hands and entered the stadium.

A dozen North Korean women’s hockey players jo…

A dozen North Korean women’s hockey players joined their South Korean counterparts to start preparing for next month’s Winter Olympics. The two sides will form their first-ever joint Olympic team.  The South Korean side presented their new teammates with flowers and the players later shouted “We are one!”.

Newly designed Jindallae (Azalea) smartphone m…

Newly designed Jindallae (Azalea) smartphone manufactured by Mangyongdae IT Corporation. The locally produced smartphone can access the national intranet “Kwangmyong” to shop online, access news, and download music and movies. The phone has a quad-core CPU, 8 mp camera, and runs Android 4.4.2 OS.

North Korean Adder Liquor. With a real snake…

North Korean Adder Liquor. With a real snake inside the bottle, it’s said to help men’s sexual stamina.

North Korea Optimistic About Its Five-year Str…

North Korea evaluated 2017 as one of the most important and meaningful years in which it has achieved the historical feat of completing its nuclear forces and making it a strong “rocket” power.

Looking back on the year in a December 12 editorial titled “The Socialist Korea, Which Is Advancing With the Power of Self-help, Is Invincible,” Rodong Sinmun (North Korea’s largest newspaper) declared that the country “has surged up high as one of the most powerful nuclear powers in the world, having the strongest mobile intercontinental ballistic rockets, super-strong thermonuclear weapons and strategic submarine-launched ballistic missiles, all of which are made 100 percent on its own and capable of striking all across the mainland United States, the evil empire, as it pleases.”

In addition, the state newspaper praised the state’s economic achievements: “Raising the banner of byungjin, North Korea has achieved a strong economic growth while taking a series of great victories in its national history amid the most severe sanctions and blockade.” The year 2017 is, it asserted, a year in which North Korea has “exhaustively showed off the strength of its self-reliant economy and its potential for unlimited development.”

According to the article, North Korea has further perfected the technological foundations of its self-sustaining economy and its self-sufficient economic structure and achieved a remarkable increase in production in every sector, based on its own strengths, technologies and resources. “Even in the midst of unscrupulous sanctions and devastating natural disasters, the number of units which have achieved their annual targets in the key sectors of the people’s economy has increased dramatically and a breakthrough was made in grain and fruit production.”

In relations to economic development, the state media boasted the “great strides” made in science and technology, in particular inventions and research achievements that can contribute to strengthening the self-reliance of the economy and facilitating production, including the introduction of high yield crops.

It added that the country’s capacity for self-help has grown stronger, noting that prospects have brightened in all sectors for the implementation of the five-year strategy of national economic development. “Our ability to self-rehabilitate is stronger than the sanctions pressure of hostile forces, and the last victory is for a socialist Korea led by the great party,” the newspaper asserted. Moreover, it encouraged the readers to make greater miracles in the New Year when the North Korean regime celebrates the 70th anniversary of its foundation.

This insinuates that, in 2018, North Korea will adhere to its economic development strategy led by science and technology and focus more on making economic accomplishments as its regime turns 70.

– The Institute for Far Eastern Studies