Category: Politics

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.

Rifle training conducted by Worker-Peasant R…

Rifle training conducted by Worker-Peasant Red Guards. The militia is organized on a provincial/town/city/village level and maintains infantry small arms, with some mortars, field guns, anti-aircraft guns, and even modernized older equipment such as multiple launch rocket systems. Its strength is estimated at 3.5 to 5 million personnel.

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

Dancing in front of Yi Seong Gye’s villa in Ha…

Dancing in front of Yi Seong Gye’s villa in Hamhung, North Korea. 

Yi Seong Gye was the founder of the Chosun Dynasty in the late 14th century and is credited with safeguarding Korean culture from rival Yuan and Ming Dynasties in China. 

A ceremony took place in Kim Il Sung Square to…

A ceremony took place in Kim Il Sung Square to launch a new batch of Sungni trucks, Chollima-804, and Chungsong-122

tractors. The design and serial manufacturing processes

of these new vehicles were finalized and set up earlier this year.

North Korean MiG-29 pilots scrambling in res…

North Korean MiG-29 pilots scrambling in response to American and South Korean air activity near the DMZ.

“For the party and for the fatherland! Launch …

“For the party and for the fatherland! Launch the missile bravely!”

Kim Jong Un signed the above document on November 28, 2017 ordering the test fire of the Hwasong-15 ICBM. The missile flew at dawn the next day and reached an altitude of 4,475 km over a distance of 950 km in 53 minutes.

Can you have pets of any kind?

Can you have pets of any kind?

Citizens of North Korea can freely own pets, however, it is only common for elites in urban areas such as Pyongyang to own one. North Korea is still food insecure so the majority of the population do not have the resources to take care of a household pet. Although in the countryside, dogs are commonly used as shepherds to assist with animal husbandry, as guard dogs, or raised to eventually be eaten in dog-meat soup (dangogi guk).

Kim Jong Un provided field guidance to the Kumsong Tractor…

Kim Jong Un provided field guidance to the Kumsong Tractor Factory which successfully produced the new Chollima-804 tractor. He personally drove one to learn in detail about its performance and technical specifications.

The second Sunday of every month is Sports Day in North Korea,…

The second Sunday of every month is Sports Day in North Korea, with the first one of the year falling on Kim Jong Un’s January 8 birthday. Group running, mass rhythmic exercises, and other colorful sports activities were held throughout the country.