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.
North Korea's new rocket launchers 'capable of striking beyond Seoul'
North Korea has deployed new rocket launchers along its border capable of hitting targets beyond Seoul, a report said yesterday.
Artillery units from the North were spotted replacing older multiple rocket stations with an upgraded version of the 240mm guns, Yonhap news agency said.
The agency quoted an unnamed government official as saying the multiple rocket launchers with a maximum range of 70 kilometres could extend their reach beyond the South Korean capital.
The South's defence ministry declined to confirm the report. North Korea has 5,100 multiple rocket launchers, according to military data.
It has been eager to upgrade its mainstream multiple rocket launchers, which pose a serious threat to South Korea.
Residents in Seoul and neighbouring satellite cities, together home to nearly half the South's 49 million people, have always lived under threat of attack from the North's rockets and long-range artillery.
In 2010, North Korea using multiple rocket launchers shelled the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong near the disputed Yellow Sea border, killing four people.