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National Day of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea today

Today is the National Day of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or North Korea. Most of the country’s foreign relations are with its socialist neighbors such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and China.

North Korea’s population of roughly 24.5 million is one of the most ethnically and linguistically homogeneous in the world, with very small numbers of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, South Korean, and European expatriate minorities.

North Korea has an industrialized, near-autarkic, highly centralized command economy. Of the five remaining Communist states in the world, North Korea is one of only two (along with Cuba) with an almost entirely government-planned, state-owned economy.

The country has the biggest number of military personnel in the world with around 9.45 million active, reserve, and paramilitary personnel. The country is a nuclear weapons state and the government has an active space program.

We congratulate the people and government of North Korea led by Their Excellencies, Supreme Leader Kim Jomg-Un, Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly Kim Yong Nam, Premier Pak Pong-ju, Supreme Commander of the People’s Armed Forces Kim Jong-un, National Defense Commission Vice Chairman Jang Song-taek, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pak Ui-chun, on the occasion of its National Day. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

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