North Korea

Asian Geographic - - In Focus -

Pop­u­la­tion 24.5 mil­lion Supr eme leader: Kim Jong- un North Korea re­mains the most closed-off so­ci­ety in the world. Af­ter WWII, north­ern Korea sur­ren­dered to the Sovi­ets, while those in south­ern Korea sur­ren­dered to the Amer­i­cans; the states were sep­a­rated along the 38th par­al­lel of lat­i­tude. South Korea’s econ­omy flour­ished un­der a string of cap­i­tal­ist dic­ta­tor­ships and the coun­try even­tu­ally be­came a democ­racy. North Korea re­mains com­mu­nist, ruled by the same fam­ily for three gen­er­a­tions: Kim Il-sung, fol­lowed by his son Kim Jong-il, and now the grand­son Kim Jong-un. North Korea con­tin­ues its mil­i­taris­tic pol­icy, gen­er­at­ing much in­ter­na­tional anx­i­ety about its nu­clear pro­gramme.

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