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It sure seems like 2015 is the year of the North Korea book. There have already been a number of high profile autobiographies by defectors and journalists and specialists continue to turn out books that look at the country, its leader and its future.
So, to bring all these books together into one place and to help pay my server bills, I’m launching a North Korea Book Store.
Books are organized by subject and there’s a list of upcoming titles, so you can place pre-orders before they are published.
Sometime in early July, the long-time Japan-based site carrying Korean Central News Agency stories became inaccessible.
That was bad news because it carried an archive of KCNA stories going back 18 years and each story had a unique URL, which made it perfect to hyperlinking back to previous articles (There are many KCNA links on North Korea Tech pointing to the site).
But, it turns out the site hasn’t been taken down. It’s been geo-blocked so connections from outside of Japan are refused.
North Korea will next week take the unusual step of creating its own time zone by shifting clocks back by 30 minutes.
Pyongyang Time is being created by a decree of the Supreme People’s Assembly that was issued on Wednesday but wasn’t reported until Friday by the Korean Central News Agency.
The decree said the decision to adopt the new time zone, which puts the DPRK out of step with its neighbors, is intended to mark the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan on August 15th.
It’s happened again … and it won’t be the last time.
The parody DPRK News Service Twitter account has fooled someone and made it onto national television in the U.S.
The subject in question was a couple of computer problems that hit United Airlines and the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday morning. The United problem, which was blamed on a network router, caused a nationwide grounding of all flights that weren’t in the air while the NYSE glitch resulted in a 3.5-hour halt of trading.
Not much is known about North Korea’s intranet — the Internet-like system that links up libraries, universities and other organizations throughout the country but goes no further than the country’s borders.
Few foreigners get a chance to access it and delve into the websites and services it offers, but thanks to sharp-eyed Aram Pan and his DPRK360 Facebook page, we now know a little more.
The Singaporean photographer spotted this poster on the wall of the e-library in Rason in the country’s north east. It details some of the sites available from computers in the facility.
North Korea has at least two more satellites ready to fly “at any time,” two of the country’s space scientists have told CNN in an interesting interview conducted in Pyongyang.
The interview builds on one given a month ago to The Associated Press during which one of the two National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA) officials said it was developing a more advanced satellite than one launched in late 2012.
Both interviews appear to be part of the country’s build-up to a launch that experts outside the country predict will occur later this year.
By James Pearson
SEOUL (Reuters) – Designer shirts, duty free watches and cosmetics, and chocolate fondue will soon await visitors to North Korea, according to photos of Pyongyang’s new airport terminal released by state media on June 24.
Three pages of Thursday’s ruling Workers’ Party official daily newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, were devoted to images of leader Kim Jong Un and his wife inspecting shops, restaurants and waiting areas in a large, glass-fronted terminal building state media said would open on July 1.