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Visiting North Korea can be challenging, and you will not have the freedom to explore the country without a North Korean escort, either as part of a group or individual tour.

Citizens of South Korea are normally not permitted to visit North Korea. In addition, there have been reports of difficulties regarding Israeli, American, British, and Japanese nationals. In January 2010, North Korea lifted the restrictions on American citizens who are now free to visit at any time of the year – but they are not allowed to travel by train (especially the train to Beijing) or to participate in homestay-programs (Choson Exchange and The Pyongyang Project are able to bring Americans into the country by train). Contrary to rumour, Israelis and Jewish citizens of other countries do not face any additional restrictions. Citizens of all countries (except Malaysian passport holders entering for 30 days or less for official, business or tour purposes who have already acquired documentation at the DPRK Embassy in Kuala Lumpur showing, North Korean business counterparts or tour and travel agency arrangements) will need a visa, which will only be issued after your tour has been booked, approved by the North Korean authorities and paid for. Journalists (or those suspected of being journalists) require special permission, which is quite difficult to obtain. The North Koreans do not allow journalists to visit the country on tourist visas. A specialist North Korean travel agency can help you sort out the complex and ever-changing regulations. North Korea will rarely in practice refuse a visa to a tourist who meets the various requirements.

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Aug 16, 2012 – North Korea tourism and travel information including facts, maps, history, culture, transport and weather in North Korea. Find popular places to …

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Overview. North Korea occupies some 120,540 square kilometres of land – an area roughly five times the size of Wales – on the northern part of the Korean …

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A guide to North Korea with articles, photos, facts, videos, and news from National Geographic.

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15 posts – 12 authors – 9 Feb 2008

1. The elaborate air defenses of Pyongyang. The North Korean capital is probably the most heavily defended city on the planet. I’ve catalogued …

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Oct 2, 2008 – 36 hours in North Korea without a guide… Image Hosted by ImageShack.us. Our train trip via Russia to North Korea – using an officially closed …

Generalities

Tourists often arranged a tourist visa through booking a tour with the travel agencies that organise such tours. The travel agencies will usually deal with the visa on their behalf, although in some cases tourists are required to have a short telephone interview with the North Korean embassy in order to verify their identity and their job. In most case the interview are conducted in a friendly matter so it is nothing to worried about. Visas are often only confirmed on the day before the tour, but rarely will a tourist ever get rejected (unless you show that you are of political status or being a journalist).

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Jan 8, 2013 – So far, president-elect has only put forth “hopeful generalities”, but could … The Choson Sinbo, published by Japan’s pro-North Korea General …

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2 days ago – Read all Generalities news. … The Inside Story Of Dennis Rodman’s North Korea Trip. By Alex Weprin on March 4, 2013 10:17 AM. North Korea …

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Feb 2, 2013 – Enough generalities. Case in point: the Google maps story. Google and North Korea is about as unlikely a pairing as could be imagined.

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North Korea Table of Contents … Presidential powers are stated only in generalities. … In the North Korean judicial process, both adjudicative and prosecuting …

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Ian Jeffries – 2012 – Social Science

We demand that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea refrain from … toward North Korea’s military provocations, the Chinese government on Tuesday [29 … only in generalities to Mr Obama about the need for ‘peace and stability’ on the …

Formalities

North Korean tourists visas are often issued on a tourist card. If joining a tour group, group visas are often issued on separate sheets of papers containing all the members of the group, attached with a tourist card that bear the name of the tour leader. This visa is never held by the tourists, although tourists can ask to take a photo of the visa themselves. In both case, no stamp will be put onto the passport. The only way where a visa and entrance stamp will be put on the passport is when the visa is issued in European embassies, which is very rare for tourists to visit North Korea as most travel agencies operate tours out of China (and hence only arranged the visa in China.)

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If you want to get your visa in Beijing, please make sure to arrive there at least one day before departure to North Korea. Visa and booking procedure step by …

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5 days ago – Latest travel advice for those travelling to North Korea. Includes information on entry requirements, security, local laws and health.

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1)Transport,hotel,meals listed in the itinerary in north korea, procedure fee of in-. and out-bound,visa. 2)you travel with chinese group(about 10-20 mumbers) …

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South Korea – Formalities … Because of the delicate nature of South Korea’s relations with North Korea, the military authorities are extremely suspicious of any …

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Sep 1, 2008 – We stopped at a checkpoint a few kilometers from the border to go through the North Korean border formalities. They weren’t a big deal and …

Visas

There is one place in North Korea that can be visited without needing any kind of North Korean visa:

Joint Security Area (often called by the misnomer Panmunjom), the jointly controlled truce village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas, has regular one-day bus tours from Seoul for a list of restricted nationalities – see Panmunjom article for details.

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BOOKING, VISA, PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION. To get a tourist visa for North Korea you have to book a full package including hotel accommodation, …

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North Korea Visa, India: Application, Requirements, North Korean Visa Services by VisaHQ, India. Apply Online.

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North Korea Visa Services: Secure Online Application; Tourist, Business, Private Visas to North Korea. Comprehensive Information on North Korea Visa …

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May 27, 2012 – Everyone needs a visa, and you need to book a tour. North Korea is such a special country that only a few tourists get to visit each year.

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6 days ago – Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against all travel to North Korea (officially named the Democratic People’s Republic of …

Work

If you are interested in teaching in North Korea, you may find success by contacting the North Korean UN Mission in New York, or contacting a North Korean university directly. Your odds of success are, however, quite low: there is only a small team of 4 English Language Instructors dealing with teaching and teacher training, with a Project Manager leading the team of three, placed in Kim Il Sung University, Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies and Kim Hyung Jik University of Education.

There is an opportunity to teach in Pyongyang Summer Institute during summer time where it is opened to foreigners.[29] It is voluntary, unpaid work.

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Do you want to work on an issue where you can make a direct impact? If you have skills and experiences that could help us impact the North Korean people and …

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North Korea Jobs includes jobs in agricultural, industrial, information sectors.

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Excluding local Anjeonbu and Bowibu offices, most of North Korea’s concentration and labor camps fit into one of the following classifications: 1. The vast …

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Through our aid work, Mercy Corps plays a unique role in building a relational bridge between Americans and North Koreans. Program details ? …

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Dec 12, 2011

Sneaking into North Korea’s Secret Russian Labor Camp. By Shane Smith, Photos by Jason Mojica. This guy …

Accommodation

Despite severe food shortages in North Korea which have left millions dead, you will not have any problems getting food. Your guide will order all your food for you, and you will eat in hard-currency only restaurants. Vegetarians and people with food allergies/dislikes of common foods such as seafood or eggs will need to make arrangements in advance. A visit to a “real” local restaurant may be possible; enquire with your guide. Note that although your food is better than what the 95% of the population eats, it’s still not necessarily great. Shortages combined with the typical use of Korean cooking styles mean that there is a relatively limited variety of food, which can get wearying on tours of more than a few days.

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Hotels in North Korea: Find 248 traveler reviews and 77 candid photos for 13 North Korea Hotels on TripAdvisor.

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Oct 10, 2011 – For more than two decades, an unfinished pyramid-shaped tower dubbed the “Hotel of Doom” has marked Pyongyang’s skyline.

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North Korea Hotel Reviews: Tips, guest photos, and deals on hotels in North Korea from real travelers and locals.

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Sep 27, 2012 – Pictures are released showing the inside of a 105-storey pyramid-shaped hotel that has been under construction in North Korea for 25 years.

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Apr 6, 2006 – Under the personality cult of leaders Kim Jong-il and his father Kim Il-sung, North Korea has become fiercely isolationist, nationalistic, and …

Study

Internet facilities are limited, as few locals have permission to use it. Most of the larger hotels have internet access available, but this needs to be applied for some days in advance. Advise your tour operator or inviting party of your requirements well ahead of time so that access permission can be arranged. There are no public internet cafes or business centers with web access in the hotels. Also note that even if you have internet access, your traffic may be monitored, so be careful of what you type in your email, and be aware that access to many websites that people outside of North Korea normally use is blocked by a firewall.

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Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center Korean Studies Program Stanford … North Korea has conducted its third underground nuclear test.

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North Korean Studies(Canberra, Australia). [A North Korean Study Site maintained by Leonid A. Petrov of the Australian National University. The site description: …

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Institute for North Korean Studies (INKS) – The University of Detroit Mercy established a non-partisan, non-proprietary research center on North Korea within its …

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June 1993 country profile provides information about its historical setting, society and environment, economy, government and politics, and national security.

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North Korea, formerly designated a state sponsor of terrorism by the United States, … RAND Stanton Research Fellows Issue New Studies Examining Nuclear …

Health care

As North Korea is one of the poorest countries in the world, drinking water is untreated and there are reports of foreigners being hospitalized in the DPRK after drinking the water, so sticking to bottled water is highly recommended. Medical facilities are clean, but very outdated and often suffer a lack of doctors who are actually healthy. If you fall ill you might be better off going to China for medical treatment. Contact your embassy or consulate in North Korea (if your country has one) for assistance. US citizens may contact the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang for advice if needed.

www.nkeconwatch.com/category/health-care/

Institute for Far Eastern Studies (IFES) 2013-2-22. The number of North Korean made products is increasingly on the rise at North Korean department stores.

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the North Korean healthcare system as seen through the lens of resilience, … Movement, healthcare workers in North Korea wear name badges bearing the …

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Jul 16, 2010 – The World Health Organization says Amnesty’s report on North Korea’s health system is unscientific and outdated.

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Jul 17, 2010 – Imagine a healthcare system in which amputations and major surgeries are performed with no anesthesia, hospitals that do not sterilize …

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Health Care in North Korea includes a national medical service and health insurance system. North Korea’s government claims that it provides universal health …

Bank

The won became the currency of North Korea on December 6, 1947, replacing the Korean yen that was still in circulation.[3]

North Korean won are intended exclusively for North Korean citizens, and the Bank of Trade (????) issued a separate currency (or foreign exchange certificates) for visitors, like many other socialist states. However, North Korea made two varieties of foreign exchange certificates, one for visitors from “socialist countries” which were colored red and hence nicknamed “red won”[4], and the other for visitors from “capitalist countries” which were colored blue/green and hence known as “blue won”[4]. FECs were used until 1999, then officially abolished in 2002, in favor of visitors paying directly with hard currency, especially the euro.[

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directory.mapsofworld.com provides you relevant information on banks in North Korea and the different aspects of banking in North Korea.

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May 3, 2011 – Prosecutors in South Korea say North Korean hackers were behind an attack that paralysed a leading bank last month.

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In the planned, state-controlled economy of North Korea, familiar concepts (including insurance) acquire a very different meaning. In a market economy, …

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Mar 24, 2005 – North Korea banks on China By Michael Rank A North Korean bank is planning to open its first branch in China but, as with all things North …

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Photos from inside North Korea. Give now to North Korea’s children

Tax

This entry records total taxes and other revenues received by the national government during the time period indicated, expressed as a percent of GDP. Taxes include personal and corporate income taxes, value added taxes, excise taxes, and tariffs. Other revenues include social contributions – such as payments for social security and hospital insurance – grants, and net revenues from public enterprises. Normalizing the data, by dividing total revenues by GDP, enables easy comparisons across countries, and provides an average rate at which all income (GDP) is paid to the national level government for the supply of public goods and services.

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Apr 5, 2010 – In North Korea, April 1st is commemorated as “Tax Abolition Day.” Ever since the law, “On Completely Abolishing Taxes,” was ratified through …

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Facts and statistics about the Taxes and other revenues of North Korea. Updated as of 2012.

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3 answers – 11 Nov 2010

Top answer: all goods, property, manufacturing, and natural resourced are owned by the state, therefore anything sold, the money goes to the state there are no …

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Oct 18, 2012 – N. Korea’s ‘tax bomb’. Keeping Gaeseong complex benefits both. The joint industrial complex in the North Korean border city of Gaeseong is …

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Tax System. North Korea’s tax system on foreign investment business enterprise and foreign individual. · North Korea established “The law of the DPRK on …

Transports

A bus is theoretically available from Dandong, China, across the Yalu River to Sinuiju. It’s run by the “Dandong China Travel Company” but is only open to Chinese citizens at present. You can also take a private bus from Dandong over the Sino-Korea Friendship Bridge (the same bridge ove the Yalu river that the trains take) but it is booked through the travel company you are using to enter North Korea as part of the tour.

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Transport in North Korea. Arriving and departing using public transportation in North Korea such as busses, trains, car hire, flights and ferries – Lonely Planet.

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Overview: Rail, road, air, and water transportation all are used in North Korea. Railroads are the most important mode of transportation, linking all major cities …

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Feb 18, 2013 – North Korea Transportation: 55 tips on getting to and getting around North Korea from real travelers and locals.

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Flag of North Korea, Eastern Asia, northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Korea Bay and the Sea of Japan, between China and South Korea …

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North Korea limits trade and transportation links with other countries and tightly restricts the circumstances under which foreigners may enter the country and …

Driver’s licence

“There is no better way to make a living than being a driver in North Korea. By delivering food, vegetables and even lumber for winter use to companies, one can take a portion as a driver too. Even when transporting radishes or cabbages for Kimchi (Korean cabbage pickles) one can always put aside the ones of best quality in a plentiful amount.”

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5 days ago – International Driving Permits are not valid in North Korea. Foreigners living in North Korea must get a local driving licence by passing a local …

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If you want to drive in Korea, here is how you get your license.

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While in many cases it’s possible to keep the driver’s licence from your own … Canada, Korea, Croatia, Israel, Japan, North Korea, Monaco, New Zealand, …

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Aug 3, 2007 – “There is no better way to make a living than being a driver in North Korea. By delivering food, vegetables and even lumber for winter use to …

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Andrei( Nikolaevich Lan?kov – 2007 – Korea (North)

Unlike most Western countries and, for that matter, South Korea, only a tiny minority of people in the North possess a driver’s license. There are a few ways to …

Removal

In this photo taken in April, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, looks over at North Korean People’s Army senior officers, Vice Marshal and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Choe Ryong Hae, center, and Vice Marshal and the military’s General Staff Chief Ri Yong Ho, left, during a mass military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea said Monday that it has relieved Ri Yong Ho from all posts because of illness.

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Jul 16, 2012 – North Korea’s top military chief Ri Yong-ho has been removed from his job, state media say, seven months after Kim Jong-un came to power.

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Jul 16, 2012

As the head of the North Korean army is relieved of his duties, The Telegraph’s correspondent in Tokyo …

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Jul 16, 2012 – North Korea’s politburo has removed army chief Ri Yong Ho from all his posts in the most significant power shift since Kim Jong Un took control …

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Jul 16, 2012 – Official reason is illness but analysts suspect Ri Yong-ho, a key mentor of Kim Jong-un, was sidelined for political reasons.

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Jump to Removal from terror list?: On October 11, 2008, the U.S. and North Korea secured an agreement in which North Korea agreed to resume disarmament of …

Communications

Most of these are installed in government offices, collective farms, and state-owned enterprises (SOEs), with only perhaps 10 percent controlled by individuals or households. By 1970 automatic switching facilities were in use in Pyongyang, Sinu(iju, Hamhu(ng, and Hyesan. A few public telephone booths were beginning to appear in Pyongyang around 1990. In the mid-1990s, an automated exchange system based on an E-10A system produced by Alcatel joint-venture factories in China was installed in Pyongyang. North Koreans announced in 1997 that automated switching had replaced manual switching in Pyongyang and 70 other locales.[2] North Korean press reported in 2000 that fiber-optic cable had been extended to the port of Nampho and that North Pyong’an Province had been connected with fiber-optic cable.

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Foreigners visiting North Korea should be able to get mobile data service on their cellphones within the coming week, according to a report on Friday. Koryolink …

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Jun 24, 2010 – North Korea – officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is an East Asian state occupying the northern half of the Korean Peninsula.

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North Korea will soon allow foreigners to tweet, Skype and surf the Internet from their cellphones, iPads and other mobile devices in its second relaxation of …

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Although North Korea’s infrastructure is extensive, it is crumbling and in need of expansion and modernization. The country’s road system, estimated at 20,000 to …

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Communications information about Korea, North. … Korea, North’s Communications | Korea, North Communications. Advertisement. Select a country …

Leisure

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Helen-Louise Hunter – 1999 – History

Leisure. Activities. With all the demands made on their time, North Korean students have little to spend by themselves, with their friends, or at home with family.

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Readers’ top tips. A woman under an umbrella on a beach. Been there is where our travel readers share top tips. Sign up right now and send us tips about your …

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According to the Korea Times: North Korea, the planet’s deepest information void, appears to be dabbling with electronic books (e-books), a South Korean …

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Feb 19, 2009 – You’d be forgiven for not immediately thinking of North Koreans as people enjoying unlimited leisure time. A vicious famine decimated up to a …

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North Korea Travel Guide featuring the best hotels, restaurants, sights, and activities in North Korea.

Miscellaneous

Those pics are sad and nice at the same time Cliffie, they capture a certain something don’t they. To be honest, it’s like looking at photos that could have been taken in the 1950s. I do like them though, very much. Hey, have you ever seen the film ‘Brotherhood’? It’s set mostly during the Korean war. I love this film, it’s brilliant, it’s the only war film that has ever made me cry… well besides Asoka

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Miscellaneous. No albums or photos uploaded yet. Agglobe Services International: Agglobe Services International is a U.S.-based humanitarian aid …

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North Korea miscellaneous and travel directory is a complete list of miscellaneous located in different region of North Korea alongwith other travel services.

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Those pics are sad and nice at the same time Cliffie, they capture a certain something don’t they. To be honest, it’s like looking at photos that could have been …

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Noord-Korea on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more…

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FIND General & Miscellaneous Korean History on Barnes & Noble. Free 3-Day … Hardcover $15.36 · The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future …

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