Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Worker’s Party of Korea and one of the most important propaganda tools of the DPRK government, has launched a website.

The site was first reported on Thursday although appears to have been officially launched a day earlier on Feb. 16, which was Kim Jong Il’s 69th birthday. DNS (domain name system) records for the site, at www.rodong.rep.kp, which are required for public access to the server, first appeared on Feb. 16.

The website appears to contain the full text of each day’s newspaper and stories back to Jan. 1, 2011. Each day’s newspaper is also available as a color PDF file.

The site is hosted on the same server that carries the Korea Computer Center’s Naenara site and the Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries home page. The server is believed to be located in Pyongyang.

Articles from the Rodong Sinmun have previously been available through Uriminzokkiri, a China-based site that carries official news and commentary from Pyongyang, but the availability of PDF reproductions of each’s day newspaper is likely to be of considerable interest to North Korean researchers.

The site is the latest in a string of new home pages to be launch by Pyongyang in the last six months. North Korea’s first full Internet connection was made earlier in 2010 and the country restarted the national dot-kp domain name earlier this year.