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A humanitarian and developmental aid organization serving North Korea in the name of Christ through the support of TB/hepatitis hospitals and rest homes. To find out more about CFK, visit our website at cfk@cfk.org, and you can donate online at donate.cfk.org.
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In recent years, North Korea has worked to combat negative effects of climate change, such as environmental degradation, deforestation, and agricultural decline.1 Other consequences of climate change include food scarcity, water and energy scarcity, the rising sea level, and other extreme weather events. The North Korean government has worked cooperatively with other signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to form a response plan to climate change.2 Currently, North Korea is facing environmental strife. The landscapes are barren and there is no wildlife.3 North Korea's forests have been reduced in recent years by at least 17%.4 The Red Cross Society in North Korea is the only non-governmental agency auxiliary to the government.5 The agency provides much needed disaster management expertise to the ...See More country. It also tries its best to provide prevention training and preparation, as well as mitigation, after disasters. Officers work at the community level and help to strengthen the physical infrastructure of cities and villages.6 Show Less

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1http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/20/north-korea-unlikely-champion-fight-against-climate-change
2 Ibid
3 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/nature/inside-north-koreas-environmental-collapse/
4 Ibid
5http://www.ifrc.org/Global/Publications/disasters/resources/reducing-risks/201300-North-Korea-Case-Study.pdf
6 Ibid
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North Korea News

ABC News 
For nearly a decade, Young Pioneer Tours offered travelers from the United States and other countries the chance to see another side of North Korea. Videos on the Young Pioneer's YouTube channel feature activities ranging from karaoke bars to ... See more..
CNN 
The legacy of the war lives on in North Korea, where it's still used as a key piece of propaganda for the Kim regime. American fighter jets blanketed the country with about 625,000 tons of bombs on North Korea, killing 20% of the country's population, ... See more..
NEWS.com.au 
Kim, who was born in South Korea, posed as an Evangelical Christian who was teaching English at a North Korean school for six months, but really was gathering information to expose the truths and cover ups in the heavily governed nation. After writing ... See more..
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Newsweek 
Hundreds of colorfully dressed women marched in central Pyongyang on Thursday, vowing to seek revenge on the United States. With their fists held high in ... See more..
New York Times 
North Korea defended its treatment of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was freed on June 13 and died days later, saying that he had been given medical treatment and treated with respect even though he was a “criminal of the enemy state.”. See more..
Financial Times 
The choice is stark: endure a life of servitude at the hands of the world's most oppressive regime or risk everything with a perilous dash for freedom. In recent decades tens of thousands of desperate North Koreans have embarked on “Asia's Underground ... See more..
NBCNews.com 
The London suburb of New Malden has become an improbable home to hundreds of North Korean defectors — earning it the nickname "Little Pyongyang." See more..
CNN International 
"We don't have enough time to organize between the two Korean teams, but I am scheduled to meet North Korean (International Olympic Committee) member Chang Ung next week -- I will propose positive participation in the Pyeongchang Olympic Games.". See more..
BBC News 
Despite international condemnation, North Korea has increased its missile tests, with the aim of developing an intercontinental nuclear-armed rocket. The US Defense Intelligence Agency warned last month that North Korea was on an "inevitable" path to ... See more..
Fox News 
“China understands that the United States regards North Korea as our top security threat,” Tillerson told reporters Wednesday. “We reiterated to China that they have a diplomatic responsibility to exert much great economic and diplomatic pressure on ... See more..
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Geography

Eastern Asia, northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Korea Bay and the Sea of Japan, between China and South Korea
Area

Total 120,538 sq km
Land 120,408 sq km
Water 130 sq km

Climate

temperate with rainfall concentrated in summer
Natural Resources

coal, lead, tungsten, zinc, graphite, magnesite, iron ore, copper, gold, pyrites, salt, fluorspar, hydropower ;
Natural Hazards

late spring droughts often followed by severe flooding; occasional typhoons during the early fall

volcanism: Changbaishan (elev. 2,744 m) (also known as Baitoushan, Baegdu or P'aektu-san), on the Chinese border, is considered historically active Changbaishan (elev. 2,744 m) (also known as Baitoushan, Baegdu or P'aektu-san), on the Chinese border, is considered historically active
Current Environmental Issues

water pollution; inadequate supplies of potable water; waterborne disease; deforestation; soil erosion and degradation

Demographics

Nationality
Korean
Population
24,720,407 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

North Korea, one of the world's most centrally directed and least open economies, faces chronic economic problems. Industrial capital stock is nearly beyond repair as a result of years of underinvestment, shortages of spare parts, and poor maintenance. Large-scale military spending draws off resources needed for investment and civilian consumption. Industrial and power output have stagnated for years at a fraction of pre-1990 levels. Frequent weather-related crop failures aggravated chronic food shortages caused by on-going systemic problems, including a lack of arable land, collective farming practices, poor soil quality, insufficient fertilization, and persistent shortages of tractors and fuel. Large-scale international ...See More food aid deliveries as well as aid from China has allowed the people of North Korea to escape widespread starvation since famine threatened in 1995, but the population continues to suffer from prolonged malnutrition and poor living conditions. Since 2002, the government has allowed private "farmers' markets" to begin selling a wider range of goods. It also permitted some private farming - on an experimental basis - in an effort to boost agricultural output. In December 2009, North Korea carried out a redenomination of its currency, capping the amount of North Korean won that could be exchanged for the new notes, and limiting the exchange to a one-week window. A concurrent crackdown on markets and foreign currency use yielded severe shortages and inflation, forcing Pyongyang to ease the restrictions by February 2010. In response to the sinking of the South Korean destroyer Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea's government cut off most aid, trade, and bilateral cooperation activities, with the exception of operations at the Kaesong Industrial Complex. In 2012, KIM Jong Un's first year of leadership, the North displayed increased focus on the economy by renewing its commitment to special economic zones with China, negotiating a new payment structure to settle its $11 billion Soviet-era debt to Russia, and purportedly proposing new agricultural and industrial policies to boost domestic production. The North Korean government often highlights its goal of becoming a "strong and prosperous" nation and attracting foreign investment, a key factor for improving the overall standard of living. Nevertheless, firm political control remains the government's overriding concern, which likely will inhibit fundamental reforms of North Korea's current economic system. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$40 billion (2011 est.); $40 billion (2010 est.); $40 billion (2009 est.)
Agriculture Products

rice, corn, potatoes, soybeans, pulses; cattle, pigs, pork, eggs
Industries

military products; machine building, electric power, chemicals; mining (coal, iron ore, limestone, magnesite, graphite, copper, zinc, lead, and precious metals), metallurgy; textiles, food processing; tourism