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North Korea: Domestic Politics And Economy 2007-2008

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Information about domestic developments in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is rare. This chapter covers events from April 2007 to 31 March 2008 and provides a comment on the 2007 parliamentary reports followed by the major points of the New Year editorial. It presents an account of other domestic developments. The 5th session of the 11th Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) of the North Korean parliament took place on 11 April 2007 in Pyongyang. The SPA reports about the budget are the closest we have to official macroeconomic data on North Korea. Infrastructure modernisation continued to be a priority of North Korean economic policy. In May 2007, the first test-run of trains on the restored tracks along the west (Kyŏngŭi line) and the east coast (Tonghae line) between the two Koreas at last took place.

Keywords: Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK); infrastructure modernisation; New Year editorial; North Korea; Pyongyang; Supreme People's Assembly (SPA)



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