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The capital and biggest city is Pyongyang. North Korea shares a land boundary with China to northwest and the north, along the Amnok and Tumen rivers. A tiny segment of the Tumen River additionally forms the short edge with Russia in North Korea to the northeast. The Korean Demilitarized Zone indicates the border between South Korea and North Korea. The legality of the edge isn't accepted by either side, as both states promise to be the legitimate government of the whole peninsula.

In 1945, when Japan was defeated in the second world war, Korea was split into two zones that were occupied, with the north inhabited by the south by America as well as the Soviet Union. Dialogues on union failed, and in 1948 two different authorities were formed: the Republic of Korea in the south, as well as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the north. The conflicting claims of sovereignty caused the Korean War in 1950. An armistice in 1953 perpetrated to a ceasefire, because a proper peace treaty was never signed, but the two nations stay formally at war.

The DPRK formally describes itself as a socialist state and holds elections, but it's broadly considered a dictatorship and has really been described as Stalinist and totalitarian with an elaborate cult of personality round the Kim family. The Workers' Party of Korea, headed by an associate of the ruling family, directs the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland of which all political officers must be a member and holds power in the state. Juche, an ideology of self reliance started by the first President, Kim Il-sung of the country's, became the official state ideology, replacing Marxism Leninism, when the nation adopted a new constitution in 1972.

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EU leaders to call for end to North Korea's weapons program: draft Reuters Top News (Wed Oct 18)
Signs of activity at North Korea's 'Hotel of Doom' via @PaulinaDedaj Fox News (Wed Oct 18)
North Korea's Kim Jong Un has never been more focused on military activities Newsweek (Wed Oct 18)
Seoul considers unilateral sanctions against North Korea Reuters Top News (Wed Oct 18)
North Korea plans more satellites, says US violating UN sanctions via @PaulinaDedaj Fox News (Wed Oct 18)
What's it like to live in North Korea? BBC News (World) (Wed Oct 18)
Hillary Clinton says threats to start war with North Korea 'dangerous, short-sighted' Reuters Top News (Wed Oct 18)
A quick fix isn't the answer to the North Korea problem. Foreign Policy (Tue Oct 17)
Analysis: Hawks worry about the lack of American resolve to confront North Korea Washington Post (Tue Oct 17)
North Korea warns nuclear war could 'break out any moment’ National Post (Tue Oct 17)
North Korea: 'Nuclear war may break out any moment' Fox News (Tue Oct 17)
Countless shell companies operate in Hong Kong's shadows, including some accused of aiding North Korea… CNN (Tue Oct 17)
Nuclear war ‘may break out any moment,’ North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador warns The Globe and Mail (Tue Oct 17)
Russia's Putin signs decree imposing restrictions on North Korea Reuters Top News (Mon Oct 16)
North Korea warns states: Don't join any U.S. action and you're safe Reuters Top News (Mon Oct 16)
Jockeying for cash: North Korea allows racetrack gambling as sanctions bite Reuters Top News (Mon Oct 16)
Jockeying for cash: North Korea allows racetrack gambling as sanctions bite Reuters Top News (Mon Oct 16)
Even Russia is now slamming "provocative" North Korea Newsweek (Mon Oct 16)
'Mad dog' anti-Trump leaflets, suspected floated in from North Korea, turn up in Seoul Reuters Top News (Mon Oct 16)
On @SundayFutures, @JoeLieberman @POTUS's decision on the Iran deal & warned about Iran and North Korea's "alliance… Fox News (Mon Oct 16)
Decoding dress in North Korea, one writer finds unexpected expression in the details The New York Times (Mon Oct 16)
Rex Tillerson said he will use diplomacy in North Korea "until the first bomb drops" Newsweek (Mon Oct 16)
North Korea not ready to meet with South Korea in Russia: agencies Reuters Top News (Sun Oct 15)
Diplomacy with North Korea to continue until ‘first bomb drops’: Tillerson The Globe and Mail (Sun Oct 15)
[email protected]: "It's not whether [Iran & North Korea] are working together, it's how MUCH they're working together… Fox News (Sun Oct 15)
Hillary Clinton: Trump will provoke 'nuclear arms race' over North Korea The Guardian (Sat Oct 14)
Republicans want Trump to go to war with North Korea before Kim Jong Un attacks the U.S. Newsweek (Fri Oct 13)
North Korea is running a mysterious shipbuilding program, satellite images show Newsweek (Fri Oct 13)
The state of Hawaii dismisses North Korea and Venezuela's inclusion as "almost entirely symbolic" The Economist (Fri Oct 13)
North Korea's crab trading has been banned by the UN -- so why are they for sale in shop after shop? Learn more in… CNN International (Thu Oct 12)
How does North Korea see the U.S.? In an interview, @NickKristof offers a rare look inside the country. The New York Times (Thu Oct 12)
Asked to explain 'calm before the storm' remark, Trump talks North Korea Reuters Top News (Thu Oct 12)
Why the world should worry about North Korea's cyber weapons CNN International (Thu Oct 12)
North Korea says Trump is "insane" and has "lit the wick of war" Newsweek (Thu Oct 12)
Trump "lit the wick of the war" against North Korea, Russian state media quotes N. Korea foreign minister as saying… CNN International (Wed Oct 11)
Analysis: What the U.S. is actually getting right on North Korea Washington Post (Wed Oct 11)
The U.S. military put on a new show of force overnight against North Korea by flying two B-1 bombers from Guam to t… CBS News (Wed Oct 11)
UN slaps port ban on 4 ships for dealings with North Korea, including one caught smuggling rocket-propelled grenade… CNN (Wed Oct 11)
Trump, top defense officials, discuss North Korea options: White House Reuters Top News (Wed Oct 11)
North Korea hackers stole South Korea-U.S. military plans: Yonhap Reuters Top News (Tue Oct 10)
Mattis says U.S. army must "be ready" to confront North Korea threat Newsweek (Mon Oct 09)
Russia, China call for restraint after Trump hints at military action on North Korea The Globe and Mail (Mon Oct 09)
Kim Jong-un’s sister now one of North Korea’s top policy makers The Globe and Mail (Mon Oct 09)
Kim Yo Jong, North Korea's 'princess' and Kim Jong Un's sister, now a top policy maker Reuters Top News (Mon Oct 09)
Trump warns Kim Jong Un, says US policy toward North Korea 'didn't work' - via Fox News (Mon Oct 09)
Kim Jong Un's younger sister has been promoted at a key meeting of North Korea's ruling party, state media reported… CNN (Mon Oct 09)
Meet Kim Jong-un’s mysterious sister: Kim Yo-jong promoted to North Korea’s politburo RT (Sun Oct 08)
North Korea: Kim Jong-un promotes sister to position of greater power BBC News (World) (Sun Oct 08)
Kim Jong Un promotes sister to North Korea's ruling politburo, reports Fox News (Sun Oct 08)
North Korea: Kim Jong-un promotes sister Kim Yo-jong to centre of power The Guardian (Sun Oct 08)
[email protected] tweets 'only one thing will work' on North Korea Fox News (Sat Oct 07)
Podcast: Trump tells Tillerson that he’s wasting his time negotiating with North Korea. Foreign Policy (Sat Oct 07)
Russia says North Korea will test a missile it claims could reach the U.S.'s West Coast Newsweek (Sat Oct 07)
North Korea preparing long-range missile test: RIA cites Russian lawmaker Reuters Top News (Sat Oct 07)
Putin says a strike against North Korea is possible, but results would be unpredictable Newsweek (Sat Oct 07)
Putin says a strike against North Korea is possible, but results would be unpredictable Newsweek (Fri Oct 06)
Trump talks of 'calm before the storm', after discussions on Iran and North Korea with U.S. military… Reuters Top News (Fri Oct 06)
Putin says a strike against North Korea is possible, but results would be unpredictable Newsweek (Fri Oct 06)
Here's how deadly a North Korea nuclear attack could be TIME (Fri Oct 06)
Americans buying cheap salmon may be unknowingly funding North Korea's missile programs Newsweek (Thu Oct 05)
North Korea was listed as a state sponsor of terrorism for two decades, from 1988 until 2008. USA TODAY (Thu Oct 05)
AP Investigation: Americans buying salmon at Walmart, ALDI may have subsidized North Korea as it builds nukes. The Associated Press (Wed Oct 04)
North Korea accuses US of blocking development FRANCE 24 English (Wed Oct 04)
Why war with North Korea might be longer and bloodier than expected Newsweek (Wed Oct 04)
Unification is a better North Korea policy than deterrence, Daniel Blumenthal writes. Foreign Policy (Tue Oct 03)
Trump might think his war of words with North Korea is harmless. But wars have a way of escalating out of control.… Foreign Policy (Tue Oct 03)
White House again rules out talks with North Korea on nuclear issue The Globe and Mail (Mon Oct 02)
Trump didn’t contradict Tillerson on North Korea, says an adviser to the secretary of state Newsweek (Mon Oct 02)
Unification is a better North Korea policy than deterrence, Daniel Blumenthal writes. Foreign Policy (Mon Oct 02)
?? Rex Tillerson in China over North Korea - "There is no official direct dialogue going on" FRANCE 24 English (Mon Oct 02)
Analysis: Trump’s tweets make matters worse in Puerto Rico and North Korea Washington Post (Mon Oct 02)
Russian firm provides new internet connection to North Korea Reuters Top News (Mon Oct 02)
No sign North Korea is ready for talks, State Department says CBS News (Mon Oct 02)
Trump says Rex Tillerson 'wasting his time' with North Korea negotiations The Guardian (Sun Oct 01)
Match North Korea overture with Iran offer, Germany tells U.S. Reuters Top News (Sun Oct 01)
Leaders worried after seeing North Korea shift around weapons in Pyongyang Newsweek (Sun Oct 01)
The Trump administration acknowledged that it is in direct contact with North Korea over its nuclear tests The New York Times (Sun Oct 01)
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says President Trump has "issued no red lines" on North Korea… CBS News (Sun Oct 01)
US probes North Korea's willingness to talk FRANCE 24 English (Sun Oct 01)
Tillerson says U.S. has direct channels to talk to North Korea CTV News (Sat Sep 30)
"In the coming days, there are three possible triggers for war with North Korea that need to be carefully watched" Al Jazeera English (Sat Sep 30)
U.S. "probing" to see if North Korea interested in dialogue: Tillerson Reuters Top News (Sat Sep 30)
North Korea ready for war with the U.S. as millions volunteer to join military Newsweek (Sat Sep 30)
North Korea needs to stop firing missiles to 'calm things down,' U.S. Secretary of State says during China visit CBC News Alerts (Sat Sep 30)
BREAKING U.S. in direct contact with North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says USA TODAY (Sat Sep 30)
Tillerson: U.S. is in direct contact with North Korea over nuclear tests Washington Post (Sat Sep 30)
Rex Tillerson says the U.S. is in direct contact with North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests The New York Times (Sat Sep 30)
JUST IN: Tillerson says US has 'lines of communications' to North Korea: report Fox News (Sat Sep 30)
Rex Tillerson in China for top-level talks on North Korea euronews (Sat Sep 30)
"Let's just get the hell out of here" Meet a footballer who played in North Korea during missile tests [@cnnsport] CNN International (Sat Sep 30)
Trump slow to implement Russia, Iran, North Korea sanctions law: senators Reuters Top News (Sat Sep 30)
President Trump could go to war with North Korea so everyone forgets about the Russia probe, says a new report… Newsweek (Fri Sep 29)
Trump to 'confront North Korea threat' on Asia tour BBC News (World) (Fri Sep 29)
The Korean war of 1950-53 is largely forgotten in America. In North Korea it is ever present The Economist (Fri Sep 29)
Why isn’t North Korea on the list of terrorist states? It should be | Opinion Newsweek (Thu Sep 28)
Green Party's Jill Stein defends Russia, North Korea's Kim Jong Un and Trump voters Newsweek (Thu Sep 28)
Former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on North Korea and Trump's approach to diplomacy The Globe and Mail (Thu Sep 28)
Russian senator warns Trump not to open "Pandora's box" with North Korea Newsweek (Wed Sep 27)
North Korea says that it has the right to shoot down U.S. military aircraft. Foreign Policy (Wed Sep 27)
Report: North Korea is jamming BBC's new radio service. (Photo: AFP) USA TODAY (Wed Sep 27)
Trump might think his war of words with North Korea is harmless. But wars have a way of escalating out of control.… Foreign Policy (Wed Sep 27)
North Korea’s rhetoric is the same as it’s always been. It’s Trump’s response that makes this different. Washington Post (Wed Sep 27)
Trump ignores pleas to calm North Korea tensions FRANCE 24 English (Wed Sep 27)
What it's like to play football in North Korea CNN International (Wed Sep 27)
Trump warns that the US is prepared to use "devastating" military action if necessary as North Korea moves jets… CNN (Tue Sep 26)
North Korea seeks help from Republican analysts: 'What's up with National Post (Tue Sep 26)
President Trump said the U.S. is "totally prepared" for "devastating" military action against North Korea… NBC News (Tue Sep 26)
President Trump: Previous administrations left a “mess” with North Korea, “but I’ll fix the mess” NBC News (Tue Sep 26)
Trump says the US is "totally prepared" for a military option against North Korea, which would be "devastating"… CNN (Tue Sep 26)
Behind North Korea’s belligerent rhetoric, some analysts see a leadership anxious to avoid a war it can’t win The New York Times (Tue Sep 26)
Parents of U.S. student describe son howling, 'jerking violently' following release by North Korea… National Post (Tue Sep 26)
Trump might think his war of words with North Korea is harmless. But wars have a way of escalating out of control. Foreign Policy (Tue Sep 26)
Steve Daines: It's important "that we put all the economic pressure and diplomatic pressure we can on North Korea f… Fox News (Tue Sep 26)
North Korea's history of declaring war on US Fox News (Tue Sep 26)
Otto Warmbier’s parents lash out: "North Korea is not a victim. They're terrorists." Washington Post (Tue Sep 26)
North Korea places jets in east after new U.S. bombers arrive Newsweek (Tue Sep 26)
Military analysts say North Korea doesn't have the capability or intent to attack U.S. bombers and fighter jets. The Associated Press (Tue Sep 26)
North Korea says Trump declared war via Twitter, making U.S. planes targets Newsweek (Tue Sep 26)
Twitter says Trump's tweet warning North Korea "won't be around much longer!" didn't violate its terms of service… NBC News (Tue Sep 26)
US dismisses statement by North Korea accusing Washington of declaring war, calling the idea "absurd" BBC News (World) (Tue Sep 26)
As North Korea threatens electromagnetic pulse attack, questions over lapses in US grid security rise Fox News (Tue Sep 26)
U.S. won't strike North Korea first because it can fight back, Russia says Newsweek (Tue Sep 26)
North Korea says Trump's latest threat is a "declaration of war" TIME (Tue Sep 26)
North Korea risks lift yen, euro struggles near four-week lows vs dollar Reuters Top News (Tue Sep 26)
North Korea says Trump has declared war FRANCE 24 English (Tue Sep 26)
North Korea says Trump's latest threat is a 'declaration of war' TIME (Tue Sep 26)
U.S. won't strike North Korea first because it can fight back, Russia says Newsweek (Tue Sep 26)
UPDATED: North Korea accuses U.S. of declaring war CTV News (Mon Sep 25)
'We have not declared war on North Korea': U.S. says it's not seeking regime change in Pyongyang… National Post (Mon Sep 25)
North Korea says that it has the right to shoot down U.S. military aircraft. Foreign Policy (Mon Sep 25)
Japan's Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea Reuters Top News (Mon Sep 25)
How are media outlets reporting on the escalating war of words between President Trump & North Korea's Kim Jong-un?… Al Jazeera English (Mon Sep 25)
Press Sec. Sanders: "We've not declared war on North Korea. Frankly, the suggestion of that is absurd."… ABC News (Mon Sep 25)
Press Sec.: “We’ve not declared war on North Korea, and frankly, the suggestion of that is absurd” NBC News (Mon Sep 25)
North Korea says Trump has declared war and it will down U.S. bombers beyond it borders National Post (Mon Sep 25)
North Korea accuses President Trump of declaring war CNN International (Mon Sep 25)
Japan's Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea via @ReutersTV Reuters Top News (Mon Sep 25)
US has declared war on us - North Korea euronews (Mon Sep 25)
North Korea accuses Trump of declaring war, claims right to ‘countermeasures’ The Globe and Mail (Mon Sep 25)
Wall St. falls on North Korea comments, tech selloff Reuters Top News (Mon Sep 25)
Trump's new travel ban drops Sudan from the list and adds Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela. USA TODAY (Mon Sep 25)
Abe triggers snap election in Japan amid North Korea crisis FRANCE 24 English (Mon Sep 25)
North Korea takes aim at the U.S. Air Force and Navy in its latest propaganda video Newsweek (Mon Sep 25)
70% see North Korea as serious threat to US, ABC/WaPo poll finds; 62% don’t trust Trump to handle it responsibly.… ABC News (Mon Sep 25)
The US extends travel ban to citizens from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad euronews (Mon Sep 25)
China watches in frustration as North Korea crisis enters dangerous spiral Washington Post (Mon Sep 25)
Trump slaps travel restrictions on North Korea, Venezuela as critics accuse him of discriminating against Muslims… Al Jazeera News (Mon Sep 25)
New Trump travel ban targets North Korea, seven other nations FRANCE 24 English (Mon Sep 25)
More @cbcnews Trump administration issues new travel ban affecting 8 nations including Iran and North Korea: CBC News Alerts (Mon Sep 25)
Trump slaps travel restrictions on North Korea, Venezuela in expanded ban Reuters Top News (Mon Sep 25)