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The Korean People’s Army’s newest assault rifle first seen in 2017. The rifle appears to be based on North Korea’s Type 88 assault rifle and includes an integrated grenade launcher and sophisticated computerized scope. 

Tissue Culture lab of the Institute of Biotechnology. In the early 90s, much of North Korea’s potato crop was destroyed by viruses. However, with help from international organizations, the nation is now self-sufficient in its production of virus-free seedlings and has developed some of the world’s most advanced aeroponic technology.

Yangdok Hot Spring Resort nearing completion. The resort will contain medical and relaxation spas, cultural buildings, and multi-purpose sports facilities such as a ski ground and horse riding park. The resort will be constructed in about a year.

Newly built Ryongbong School Supplies Factory. The factory highlights Kim Jong Un’s continued focus on improving North Korea’s educational environment. It will produce pencils, pens, pencil cases, as well as art supplies. 

Students from Kim Chaek University of Technology finished in 8th place at the International Collegiate Programming Contest. In doing so, the university ranked ahead of famous universities including Harvard and Stanford in the U.S.

Typical lunch at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology: BBQ braised pork, japchae glass noodles, kimchi, and rice.

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.