2009
07.27

DPRK-FAQ(updated)

DPRK FAQ

Last modified on 2010-11-22 21:33:12 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Synopsis

This is the official FAQ for questions about North Korea. If your question is not on the list you can

security@korea-dpr.com <– send us your question.

Index

1. Can I get a signed photograph from Leader Kim Jong IL?

The KFA Shop is offering this article. Please visit the following webpage:

http://www.korea-dpr.com/catalog2

2. Can I send a letter to North Korea and get a penpal in North Korea?

You can send the letter if you have an valid address and contact person. We provide no service for penpal friends.

3. Can I emigrate to North Korea and live in North Korea?

It’s possible only in very special situations and having honor/merits. You must send a request letter stating your reasons, together with your complete CV, copy of your passport and certificates to korea@korea-dpr.com

4. Can I work in North Korea as a teacher/interpreter/(other)?

No.

5. Can I travel to North Korea? I heard it is impossible to travel to North Korea. Is it true?

You can travel to North Korea only as a tourist, or as a part of a delegation invited to the country by the Government. The Korean International Travel Company (Ryogaengsa) can give more information about tourist trips, and the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) also arranges delegations to the DPRK every year. See for more information

http://www.korea-dpr.com/travel

6. I am a US citizen / I am a South Korean citizen, can I visit North Korea?

Special protocols are in effect regarding US and South Korean nationals. Contact your local embassy for more information. The Korean Friendship Association (KFA) organize trips and will allow visas for some US citizens that contributed for the peace and friendship between USA and the DPRK.

7. I am a journalist / news reporter and I’m interested in doing a documentary in North Korea. Can I?

Send your details to Special Delegate Mr. Alejandro Cao de Benos in the e-mail korea@korea-dpr.com

8. Can I travel to North Korea as a backpacker?

(Independent travel)

No. You must travel as a group only, even if you are the only participant you must be with Korean guides at all times.

9. Can I join the Korean People’s Army?

No, only Korean nationals with DPRK citizenship

10. I’ve heard that everbody starves in North Korea. How is the food situation?

It is no secret that there was a crisis during the mid 1990′s in the DPRK. Because of the collapse of the Socialist market, and due to the isolation caused by US embargo and sanctions, the country suffered a difficult period. A natural disaster caused floodings, and combined with the other factors, it created a period which we now call the “Arduous March” where the DPRK had to recover from this situation, and the collapse of the Soviet union while still unduring hostilities by the US who continually to this day try to stifle and isolate the DPRK. Since the end of the 1990′s and around year 2000, the country has completely recovered from the “Arduous March” and has survived as a country which has now become even stronger and more independant than before.

11. I want to know why North Korea has nuclear weapons.

After the US failed to fulfill the terms in the Agreed Framework by supplying two light-water reactors to the DPRK as compensation for the discontinuing of Korean nuclear power, the DPRK withdrew in October 2002 from the NPT and thus restarted its own energy-producing program, and then started to recycle spent fuel-rods.

The DPRK has a nuclear deterrence as a life-insurance to protect the motherland. The US, who put the country inside the “Axis of Evil”, and is threatening with a nuclear holocaust pre-emptive strike has created this situation and made this neccessary. The situation is no less serious because the US side has nuclear weapons and other missiles stationed in South Korea.

12. What does the DPRK want regarding the nuclear standoff?

The DPRK wants a peaceful solution to the nuclear standoff by having unilateral talks with the US, and that the US side signs a non-aggression treaty. The DPRK is open and ready for a switchover in the hostile policy of the US.

13. Is North Korea a dictatorship?

No, the DPRK is a single-united-party constitutional democracy guaranteeing freedom of speech and assembly to all citizens. DPRK citizens play an active role in their nation’s political life at the local, regional and national levels, through their trade unions or as members of one of the nation’s three political parties, which include the Workers’ Party of Korea, the Chondoist Chongu Party and the Korean Social Democratic Party.

14. Does North Korea suppress religion?

The DPRK is a multi-confessional society with sizable Christian and Buddhist populations, for example. While most North Koreans are non-religious or atheist, all citizens of the DPRK enjoy full religious freedom under the Socialist Constitution.

15. Can North Koreans travel abroad?

In spite of accusations to the contrary, North Koreans enjoy the full freedom of travel. Many DPRK citizens travel abroad for scientific research, education, language training, religious conferences and trade fairs, for example. There are also thousands of DPRK citizens living abroad, in China and Japan, for example.

16. Has North Korea’s economy really collapsed?

On the contrary, the DPRK enjoys a highly diverse and productive economy with a wide array of thriving manufacturing industries that produce automobiles, computer hardware and software, electronics, textiles and processed foods, just to name a few. While the DPRK economy has historically been geared towards heavy industry, the country’s light industrial sector is quickly taking off. Korea’s specialized and educated workforce provides an ideal environment for joint-venture projects and investment.

17. I hear that North Koreans are very poor. Is this true?

By international standards, DPRK citizens enjoy a very high standard of living. In Socialist Korea, the state guarantees all citizens the right to quality healthcare, education, stipends for the disabled, retirement pensions and access to recreational facilities, as well as a wide array of other state-supported services. Indeed, DPRK citizens are guaranteed many provisions that are uncommon in many developed capitalist societies, which are home to real poverty. Unlike in many countries of the capitalist world, the DPRK is a state free of homelessness, unemployment, prostitution and starvation.

18. Is North Korea a ‘Stalinist’ state?

The term ‘Stalinism’ is highly loaded and is most frequently employed not as a descriptive term but as an insult. The DPRK political system is based on the Juche Idea, an original theory developed by the late President Kim Il Sung stressing national self-reliance and development according to the unique characteristics of individual nations. ‘Stalinism,’ on the other hand, was articulated as a universalistic political ideology. The DPRK is indeed a socialist state, meaning that all the means of production are socially owned. However, the central implication of the ‘Stalinist’ accusation–simply that the DPRK is a dictatorship–is inaccurate. Korea is a socialist democracy guaranteeing its citizens the full range of individual liberties and rights provided by many liberal regimes, and more.

19. Is North Korea ‘reforming’ its economy and moving towards capitalism?

While the comparison between the DPRK and ‘China in the 1980s’ is frequently evoked by many so-called ‘experts’ these days, it is completely incorrect and misleading. The DPRK remains a planned socialist economy and has no intention of embracing the capitalist developmental model.

20. What is North Korea’s stance on homosexuality?

Due to tradition in Korean culture, it is not customary for individuals of any sexual orientation to engage in public displays of affection. As a country that has embraced science and rationalism, the DPRK recognizes that many individuals are born with homosexuality as a genetic trait and treats them with due respect.

Homosexuals in the DPRK have never been subject to repression, as in many capitalist regimes around the world. However, North Koreans also place a lot of emphasis on social harmony and morals. Therefore, the DPRK rejects many characteristics of the popular gay culture in the West, which many perceive to embrace consumerism, classism and promiscuity.

21.What does your flag symbolize?

The North Korean National flag represents the history, economic and political situation of Korea. The red colour represents the blood shed by the anti-Japanese fighters and revolutionaries in the struggle against the Japanese (of whom the Korean peninsula was a colony for 45 years) and fight for national freedom. The white represents the long history and culture of the Korean people depicting that Korea is one homogeneous nation. The red star represents a prosperous future for the Korean people and their impeccable integrity while the blue means that Korea is a sovereign nation.

22.What is the symbolism of your emblem? In particular I want to understand what the red star means. In other communist/socialist countries the starts were yellow and not red.

The red star represents a prosperous future for the Korean people and their impeccable integrity.

23. What activites does the average person do in a week for fun?

Hiking, Bowling, Reading, listen to music etc – it differs from person to person.

24. Is it true that all citizens of the DPRK work for the government?

Government and people are one. There is no distinction of them.

25. What is the favorite sport in the DPRK?

That must be football, based on popularity, but traditionally native is Tae Kwon Do, but since so many sports are popular in the DPRK, it’s difficult to name just one.

26. The DPRK is being attacked with a flood of negative press and media. How does the DPRK respond to the so-called documentaries of the current despair in your nation?

We have an article that will shed some light on this: The DPRK and Western media fairy tales.

33 comments so far

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  1. I am a duel citizen with one of my citizenships being the United States. Am I allowed to travel to North Korea with my other passport?

  2. Of course you can, as long as the passport you use are valid for atleast 6 months into the future

  3. Thank you very much

  4. Hi, i’m a U.S. citizen but really want to visit the DPRK soon. Will your policy change in the near future so Americans can visit? I only have a U.S. passport.

  5. The change of DPRK policy will depend on the behavior of the new US administration. At the moment, US citizens only can visit during Arirang period and for less than one week time.

  6. Dears Komrades
    I am a french supporter of DPRK and I’d like to know if it exist a KFA group for french ?
    Thank you very much.

  7. The closest thing we have right now is the Swiss delegation, see http://www.korea-dpr.com/users/switzerland.

  8. What happened to the old forum? Direct open discussion of issues among people is surely the best way to achieve understanding about issues regarding life in the DPRK.

  9. Why does North Korea not make any cars ?
    South Korea makes some of the best cars in the world .

  10. Thanks to Korea’s Leader, Chairman Kim Jong-il, for his pardon of the two U.S. citizens who trespassed onto Korean land in order to make a documentary for their interests. His pardon of their crime is very compassionate.

    This matter also shows that the American government should learn that a little respect goes a long way.

  11. DPRK makes several brands of cars and motorbikes, also in cooperation with Hyundai Asan in South Korea.

    See our import/export section for more information about cars and automotives.

  12. We explain the reasons before.
    Also we’re opening the chance for some people to apply for becoming regular publisher in our forum.
    People can post questions and follow-ups to any article regardless of their member situation, thus increasing openness, while limiting the range of topics open at the same time.
    If you want to take up a specific topic, please email to forum@korea-dpr.com.

  13. I read on the site about the wall that the US built to divide Korea. this is horrible!!! I would ask that you put some pictures of it on the site so my fellow PDRK supporters can see first hand the atrocious imperialist policies the United States Government has been involved with.

  14. I am an Austrian citizen and will make a trip to your country in September and have already the visa in my passport. I am greatly interested in your country and the successes achieved there. I read with
    attention the history about your country and the struggle of the great leader against imperialism. I am
    very impressed and should like to enter into this forum. Herewith I apply for it.

  15. If I was to travel to North Korea, does that mean airfares are arranged for me such as may I choose between :Air Koryo or Air China personally?

  16. How can I recieve material of Korea life by post?

  17. Soon CD’s, books and other materials will be available in our KFA shop:

    http://www.korea-dpr.com/catalog2/

  18. The shop is re-opened. See http://www.korea-dpr.com/forum/?p=162

  19. I’m from Poland and I’m looking for some info about travelling to North Korea. How does it (the travell) look like? KRL-D is a very exciting country. Thanks!

  20. See http://www.korea-dpr.com/travel

  21. Shalom ,I would like to know,if I could volunteer and help in any way in the DPRK.I have taught english and spent many years on a collective(kibbutz).I am from Israel.Also can I visit the DPRK.

  22. You can visit the DPRK with a passport from Israel as part of a KFA delegation.

    There are just a few foreign teachers in Pyongyang and always native-english speakers. They come via British Council or other government-level organizations.

    We recommend that you help the DPRK by taking an active role in KFA-Israel. If you want to do so, please write to korea@korea-dpr.com

  23. Does anyone have an idea when the special protocols regarding American citizens will be relaxed? I’d difinetly like to visit sometime in the next few years if I can.

  24. Hi,
    I am a born American- yet I am greatly interested in benefiting and helping the interest of the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of North Korea. However, I’m not exactly sure where I should start. I am wondering if there is any volunteer work I could take up in some manner which could help the KFA’s websites (I am very experienced in web development). Admin, do you think it is my best bet to write an email to korea@korea-dpr.com for further advice?

    Thanks!
    Jones

  25. Hello, I’ve just knew that Brazil has open an embassy in North Korea. How can I learn more about the relations between the two countries? I’m from Brazil, so I would be happy if there is a way I can help this relationship to become better and better..

    thank you,

    Daniel

  26. Can a North Korean citizen use the internet to visit this web site?

  27. This webpage is for non-DPRK citizens and is published outside the DPRK targeted for the international audience.
    There is no direct access to the internet in DPRK.

  28. I returned from my first journey to your country and I was exceedingly impressed by the great successes achieved by your people!! I fell in love with your capital Pyongyang which is really nice, very clean and tidy, but I also liked the towns of Kaesong and Myohyang. I visited a lot of museums and was horrified about the pictures of the bombings by the American Imperialists. On Sept. 9th the National Holiday of the Foundation of the Republic I was invited to participate in a big dancing activity in front of the Palace of Culture at Pyongyang. At the same evening the National Television broadcasted a report of this event showing me in a close-up among the pretty young girls wearing their beautiful national costumes! I’m very proud of this fact.
    I want to come back to your fascinating country as soon as possible maybe next springtime for the big festival of the birthday of the Great Leader Kim Il Sung on April 15th, 2010.

  29. After careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that I would like to join the KFA. How and where can I apply for membership?

  30. Please visit:

    http://www.korea-dpr.com/membership.htm

  31. For DANIEL, Brazil,

    You can learn more about DPRK and improve relations by taking an active role in KFA-Brazil.

  32. It touches the heart of every good Human , to read truth and reality , of the life of that great leader and mother , KIM JONG SUK , devoted to her country , husband and family .

    Her braveness go beyond what is commonly expected in a MOTHER . MOTHER OF THE JUCHE PENINSULA OF KOREA> .And together with the great leader , brought light to live and hereditary magnificense of their son THE GREAT LEADER OF KOREA KIM JONG IL .

  33. I am a Canadian Citizen with a valid pasport. I am curious if 1. I am allowed to visit, 2 How much would it cost?