North Korea

Chosun Minchu-chui Inmin Konghwa-guk (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Korea was ruled by Japan from 1905–45. Although promised independence by China, Britain and the USA, Korea was divided along the 38° Parallel after Japan’s defeat in 1945. The north was occupied by Soviet troops, who supported a Communist-led provisional government under Kim Il Sung. In 1948 the southern Republic of Korea, led by Syngman Rhee, and the northern Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (with Pyongyang as capital) came into being.


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Further Reading

  1. Cha, Victor D. and Kang, David C., Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies. Columbia Univ. Press, 2003Google Scholar
  2. Cumings, Bruce, North Korea: Another Country. New Press, New York, 2004Google Scholar
  3. Harrison, S., Korean Endgame: A Strategy for Reunification and US Disengagement. Princeton Univ. Press, 2002Google Scholar
  4. Hunter, H., Kim Il-Song’s North Korea. Praeger Publishers, Westport (CT), 1999Google Scholar
  5. Kleiner, J., Korea: a Century of Change. World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore, 2001CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Oh, K. and Hassig, R. C., North Korea Through the Looking Glass. Brookings Institution Press, Washington (D. C.), 2000Google Scholar
  7. O’Hanlon, Michael E. and Mochizuki, Mike, Crisis on the Korean Peninsula: How to Deal with a Nuclear North Korea. McGraw-Hill, New York, 2003Google Scholar
  8. Sigal, L. V., Disarming Strangers: Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea. Princeton Univ. Press, 1999CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Smith, H., et al. (eds.) North Korea in the New World Order. London, 1996Google Scholar
  10. National statistical office: Central Statistics Bureau, Pyongyang.Google Scholar

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