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Population: 23,479,088
Languages: Korean
Large Cities: Pyongyang (capital), Haeju, Hungnam, Kaesong
Expected athletes: 6 athletes (2 male, 4 female)
Location: Asia

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An independent kingdom for much of its long history, Korea was occupied by Japan in 1905 following the Russo-Japanese War...Five years later, Japan formally annexed the entire peninsula...Following World War II, Korea was split with the northern half coming under Soviet Communist domination... Failed in the Korean War (1950-53) to conquer the US-backed Republic of Korea (ROK) in the southern portion...North Korea's history of military, nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programs as well as armed forces are of major concern to the international community...Located in Eastern Asia, in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Korea Bay and the Sea of Japan, between China and South Korea.

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