Category: Politics

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

North Korean soldiers inside the Joint Security Area have begun sporting new uniforms. The padded, woodland-pattern camouflage uniforms also include sunglasses, earpieces, and armbands.