a country in E Asia: formed 1948 after the division of the former country of Korea at 38° N. 16,000,000; 50,000 sq. mi. (129,500 sq. km). Cap.: Pyongyang. Cf. Korea. Official name, Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
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