Mansudae Korea

That time Kim Il Sung died in 1986, and then didn’t

Kim Il Sung served as the leader of the DPRK from the founding of the country in 1948 until his death in 1994; initially serving as premier until 1972 when the position of President was created, which he held until his death*. During the second half...

Tracing China-DPRK Border Crossings

The border between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the People’s Republic of China is 1,420km long and runs along the course of the Amnok River (known in China as the Yalu River) and the Tumen River. The two rivers are separated by...

When the US & North Korea Teamed Up: The Dai Hong Dan Incident

In October 2007, the Korean Central News Agency released a statement praising the United States and its military which, from today’s perspective, would seem to come from an alternate reality. We feel grateful to the United States for its assistance...

Youth Leagues of the DPRK

There are two important youth organisations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea both of which are linked closely with the ruling Worker’s Party of Korea. The Korean Children’s Union (조선소년단) is the junior organisation serving children and...

Pukkuksong: A history of the Pukkuksong Missile System

On the 2nd of October 2019, reports began flooding in from monitoring agencies in South Korea of a potential missile test from the eastern side of the peninsula. Initial reports suggested a launch from Kangwon Province (South-east DPRK). However...

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