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North Korea

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a country in East Asia, located in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering South Korea and China. Its capital, Pyongyang, is the country's largest city by both land area and population. It is a single-party state led by the Korean Workers' Party (KWP), and governed by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un since 2012. It has a population of 24,052,231 (UN-assisted DPRK census 2008) made up of Koreans and a smaller Chinese minority. Japan 'opened' Korea in 1876 and annexed it in 1910. The Republic of Korea (ROK) was founded with US support in the south in August 1948 and the Soviet-backed Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north in September that year. 

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More S Koreans leave N Korean factory park under ban

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 April, 2013, 11:33am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 April, 2013, 11:33am

More South Koreans have begun to leave North Korea and the factory park where they work, four days after Pyongyang closed the border to people and goods.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry says seven South Koreans left the Kaesong industrial park Saturday morning, and about 100 of the roughly 600 still there were expected to return home by day’s end.

One manager interviewed as he left says North Korea has bolstered security along the border.

The industrial park is the last remnant of North-South cooperation. Pyongyang’s blocking of traffic there is among many provocative moves it has made recently in anger over U.N. sanctions for its Feb. 12 nuclear test and current U.S.-South Korean military drills. North Korea suggested earlier this week that diplomats in Pyongyang leave for their own safety.

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