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(Democratic People's Republic of Korea - DPRK)

Use the tabs below to find online resources about North Korea from governmental and nongovernmental sources. Most of these sources are freely available to the public, but titles followed by a CU symbol are only accessible on campus or via VPN.
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  • Diplomacy and Aid
  • Health
  • Military and Peacekeeping
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Australian Government - DPR Korea
Country profile, economic and trade information, and foreign relations from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

BBC News Country Profile - North Korea
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.

CIA World Factbook - North Korea
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

FAO and Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Information on economic and agricultural issues from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It also has a good selection of maps.

Human Development Report on North Korea
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.

Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

IAEA In Focus - IAEA and DPRK (North Korea)
International Atomic Energy Agency page with latest news coverage, documents and reports, background information, facts and figures.

IEA - Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Country information, energy-related statistics, graphs and publications from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).

Library of Congress Country Study - North Korea
This is a book-length report studying the history, social customs, and politics of the country from early times to the present.

Country background, treaties, reporting status, calendar of events and publications related to human rights from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).

UNESCO Worldwide - DPRK
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States. United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - North Korea
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.

UNdata Country Profile - DPR Korea

Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division.

United Nations Environmental Snapshot - Korea, Dem. People's Rep.
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.

United Nations News Centre - News Focus: DPR Korea (North Korea)
News, press releases, official statements and reports.

U.S. Department of Energy - North Korea
Country energy profile for production, consumption, U.S. oil imports, and CO2 emissions.

U.S. Department of State - Background Note: North Korea
This resource provides background information on issues such as the economy, history, politics, and foreign relations. The State Department also provides access to annual reports on human rights and terrorism.
Official Web site
Links to biographies of leaders; information on tourism, politics, history, geography, unification, society, souvenirs, business, and more.

Korean Central News Agency
State-run news agency of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

E-Library of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Suk
Full-text collection of documents authored by Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Suk.
Find Articles and More Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Declassified Documents
Declassified information available from the FOIA Electronic Reading Room. Enter "North Korea" as the search term.
  • National Intelligence Council (NIC) Declassified Documents
    Database of intelligence reports, National Intelligence Estimates, and other publications produced by the National Intelligence Council or its predecessor organizations, the Office of National Estimates and the Office of Reports and Estimates since 1946.
Crisis Group International Databases and Resources
Crisis Group provides analysis of violent conflicts and peace implementation.
  • CrisisWatch Database
    Monthly bulletin of significant situations of conflict or potential conflict around the world.
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports CU
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the research arm of Congress, prepares short reports on topics of interest to members of Congress. Enter "Korea, North" as the search term.

Declassified Documents Reference System CU
Search this database to find declassified documents related to North Korea.

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
Department of Defense Scientific and Technical Reports Collection provides access to citations to unclassified unlimited documents that have been entered into DTIC's Technical Reports (TR) Database, as well as the electronic full-text of many of these documents.

Digital National Security Archive CU
Database of primary declassified documents regarding critical U.S. policy decisions.

Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
An integrated database containing information on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and weapons.

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
"Public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations."

Human Rights Watch - North Korea

News and reports related to human rights.

LexisNexis Academic Country & Region Reports CU
News, country briefings, and country risk guides. Filter by country or choose "Country & Region Reports" from publication type.

UNdata provides a single entry point allowing users to search and download numerous statistical resources of the United Nations System.

U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - North Korea
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with North Korea.

World dataBank
Contains data from the World Bank, including the World Development Indicators & Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, African Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor, and Millennium Development Goals. Users can select variables (some going as far back as 1960) to create customized tables, charts, maps, and reports.

Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS)
WITS is the National Counterterrorism Center's database of terrorist incidents.
EU's Relations with North Korea
Overview, country strategy, EU support, and documents on the European Union's relations with North Korea.

G-77 at the United Nations
The Group of 77 is an intergovernmental organization of developing states in the UN. It provides the means for the countries of the South to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, and promote South-South cooperation for development. There are now 130 member states (including DPR Korea), although the name G-77 was retained because of its historical significance.

ReliefWeb - DPR Korea
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.

United Nations Division for Sustainable Development - DPR Korea
Economic, social and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.

News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

U.S. Department of State - North Korea
U.S.-North Korean relations, humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, and country background notes.

World Food Programme - DPR Korea
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger.
WHO - DPR Korea
Information and statistics on the status of public health in North Korea from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Official site of the World Health Organization South East Asia Region (WHO-SEAR).
International Crisis Group - North Korea
Reports, briefings, and analysis of violent conflicts and peace implementation in North Korea.

Military Policy Awareness Links (MiPALS) - North Korea
MiPALs are published by the National Defense University (NDU) Library to provide access to key U.S. policy statements on the country or topic for Military Education Research Library Network (MERLN) users.

North Korea Military Guide

Maps, agencies, military branches, nuclear capability, news, and references from GlobalSecurity.org.

National Archives - Korean War Records

Record holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) relating to the Korean War.

NTI - North Korea Profile

Nuclear, biological, chemical and missile development programs, policies and activities from the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). NTI is non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen global security and fulfill the Non-Proliferation Treaty's goals and ambitions. NTI's members are from the United States, Russia, Japan, India, Pakistan, China, Jordan, Sweden, France and the United Kingdom.
The library collection contains numerous secondary, federal, and international sources of information on North Korea.


Try these searches to see some of the resources in Chinook, the library catalog:


Electronic Resources Print and Electronic Resources
North Korea and econom* North Korea and econom*
North Korea and histor* North Korea and histor*
North Korea and politic* North Korea and politic*
North Korea
(government publications only)
North Korea
(government publications only)
The * replaces up to five characters in a word.

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