There is, from year to year, a sameness to the dire threats from Pyongyang.
Seoul and Washington think that reducing the “combined counterprovocation plan” to paper will help contain Pyongyang.
A giant, 92.5-meter version is in Pyongyang, and is a popular destination for people paying their respects on special occasions.
North Korean capital, from Korean p'yong "flat" + yang "land."
Capital of North Korea and largest city in the country, located in west-central North Korea.
Note: Pyongyang is Korea's oldest city, but little remains from its three-thousand-year history, after successive devastations by Japan and in the Korean War.
Republic on northern Korean Peninsula on east coast of Asia, bounded on the north by China, on the northeast by Russian Siberia, on the east by the Sea of Japan, on the south by South Korea, and on the west by the Yellow Sea and Korea Bay. Its capital and largest city is P'yongyang.
Note: A communist country that used to have close ties with the Soviet Union, North Korea, continues to maintain a close relationship with China.
Note: It was established in 1948 after two occupation zones were set up in northern and southern Korea during World War II.
Note: The Korean War began in 1950, when North Korean forces invaded South Korea. Supplied by the Soviets, and eventually joined by the Chinese, North Korea fought forces of South Korea and the United Nations.
Note: Run by one most closed and repressive regimes on Earth, North Korea has suffered from food shortages and a deteriorating economy.