Founding of the Korean People’s Army. 조선인민군 창설

The North Korean military is known as the KPA (Korean People’s Army 조선인민군) and was founded 73 years ago today on 8th February, 1948.

The KPA possess a variety of Chinese and Soviet military equipment and weapons. However they recently displayed their self-developed prototype tanks during the military parade, held in January to commemorate the 8th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea. KCNA reports these tanks have “high maneuverability and striking power”. At first glance the new tank design is highly reminiscent of modern tanks from the US, Europe and Israel. I haven’t seen any footage of the new tank in military drills and look forward to a display of its firepower in the upcoming months.



Here is a military propaganda poster that dates back to the 1950s. I’ve placed an iPhone on it to better estimate it’s size. The slogan translates to: “Love our soldiers as like we do to brothers and support them with your heart”.



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DPRK English Newspaper – 2021 January 16th

North Korea publishes English, Chinese, Japanese and Russian news very regularly. These publications are carefully written to convey only approved state messages. These publications are unlike international newspapers that are written with the individual journalist’s personal thoughts and emotional influences. North Korean publications therefore provide a direct link to the country’s strategic and tactical plans.

Clever Raccoon Dog 령리한 너구리

Clever Raccoon Dog is the most popular children’s cartoon in North Korea and you can find character statues in parks and playgrounds across the country. 령리한 너구리는 조선에서 가장 사랑받는 어린이 만화영화로서 전국의 많은 공원과 놀이터에서 만화영화 주인공들의 동상을 쉽게 만날 수 있다.