North 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. "
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.