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Flag - North Korea (DPRKNorth Korea. International developments regarding North Korea's possible nuclear weapons program continued in January with American experts being allowed to visit one of the country's nuclear facilities. The delegation stated that it had seen parts of the North Korean Nuclear Program and its conclusion was that the North Koreans could probably manufacture plutonium, but that there were no signs that the North Koreans could manufacture nuclear charges from the metal.

In April, reports that at least 166 people were killed and over 1,300 injured in a severe North Korea rail accident, the collision between two trains loaded with oil and liquefied gas was described as one of the worst to date in the world. It occurred in the city of Ryongchon, 3 km north of the capital Pyongyang. Ryongchon was reported to be completely destroyed by the explosion. Only a few hours earlier, dictator Kim Jong Il is said to have passed Ryongchon by train from Beijing. However, the details of the disaster were very uncertain as hardly any information leaked out of North Korea. According to the country's propagandist state news agency, many people died as they ran back into burning buildings to rescue portraits of Kim Jong Il and his late father, Kim Il Sung, " president forever. "

According to CountryAAH, the total population in North Korea is 25,778,827 people in 2020. The slow approach between North Korea and South Korea continued for the first time since May of the Korean War in 1953 for generals from both countries to meet. The countries agreed to end the propaganda war along the border and the exchanges at sea.

The US burger reached the communist North Korea Burger during the summer had been approved by Kim Jong Il, who thought the fast food was "quality food for students".

The first UN report on the environment in North Korea was presented in August. The worst was the state of the country's forest population, which has decreased significantly, but warnings were also issued for severe water and air pollution.

In November, a rumor spread that some of Kim Jong Il's countless portraits would have been removed from public places in Pyongyang. This could, according to Western diplomatic sources, be interpreted as the dictator losing a political power struggle and a coup d'etat. North Korea firmly demented the rumor. "It would be like taking the sun down," was a comment from North Korean. According to North Korea, the rumor was instead part of an American plot to overthrow "the dear leader."

2004 North Korea

In November 2005, a fifth round of negotiations between the six countries in Beijing was concluded without much success. In May 2006, the country opened up slightly and allowed foreign ships to enter the country with international relief.

In July, the country conducted 7 missiles. Including Taepodong 2, a long-range weapon capable of reaching Alaska. The international community was divided in its reaction. Japan presented a draft UN Security Council resolution backed by the United States, the United Kingdom, France and five other member states that characterized North Korea as a "threat to peace and global security". At the same time, the resolution invoked Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which allows for international sanctions and even military action. However, the resolution never came to a vote as China and Russia threatened to veto. The two permanent members stressed the need to seek a diplomatic solution to the problems.

Also in July, the country's central parts of the heavy rainfall hit, leading to flooding. 10,000 lost their lives or were missing, and 60,000 had to flee from the masses of water, which at the same time destroyed 100,000 tons of crops.

North Korea reportedly conducted a nuclear weapons test blast in October 2006. Reportedly, because the explosive strength was only measured at 550 tonnes of TNT. The weak strength could be a sign that the blast had gone completely wrong, but at the same time South Korea and Japan subsequently reported that no changes in the radiation pattern could be measured. Therefore, whether it was a nuclear explosion remained unconfirmed. The blast was a direct consequence of the US disruption in 2001 of US-North Korea approaches. Approaches initiated under President Clinton. Thus, US policy has created the 4th nuclear power in Asia.

The Western media referred to North Korea as the 9th nuclear power. It thus became official that the 8th atomic power is Israel - which, however, has never admitted this. Israel is not only the largest rogue state of the Middle East, but also the only nuclear power with about 100 nuclear weapons - according to. international experts.

After four years of negotiations, in June 2007, Pyongyang agreed to shut down the Yongbyon nuclear reactor for international assistance. The UN Security Council characterized the agreement as a major step forward. At the same time, negotiations on the final shelling of the country's nuclear program continued. A month later, the first shipment of 6,200 tonnes of oil arrived from South Korea. The first of them promised 1 million tons.

 

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