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    Korea, North Geography - 2005

      Eastern Asia, northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Korea Bay and the Sea of Japan, between China and South Korea

      Geographic coordinates:
      40 00 N, 127 00 E

      Map references:

      total: 120,540 sq km
      land: 120,410 sq km
      water: 130 sq km

      Area - comparative:
      slightly smaller than Mississippi

      Land boundaries:
      total: 1,673 km
      border countries: China 1,416 km, South Korea 238 km, Russia 19 km

      2,495 km

      Maritime claims:
      territorial sea: 12 nm
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      note: military boundary line 50 nm in the Sea of Japan and the exclusive economic zone limit in the Yellow Sea where all foreign vessels and aircraft without permission are banned

      temperate with rainfall concentrated in summer

      mostly hills and mountains separated by deep, narrow valleys; coastal plains wide in west, discontinuous in east

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Sea of Japan 0 m
      highest point: Paektu-san 2,744 m

      Natural resources:
      coal, lead, tungsten, zinc, graphite, magnesite, iron ore, copper, gold, pyrites, salt, fluorspar, hydropower

      Land use:
      arable land: 20.76%
      permanent crops: 2.49%
      other: 76.75% (2001)

      Irrigated land:
      14,600 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards:
      late spring droughts often followed by severe flooding; occasional typhoons during the early fall

      Environment - current issues:
      water pollution; inadequate supplies of potable water; waterborne disease; deforestation; soil erosion and degradation

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Environmental Modification, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution
      signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea

      Geography - note:
      strategic location bordering China, South Korea, and Russia; mountainous interior is isolated and sparsely populated

      NOTE: The information regarding Korea, North on this page is re-published from the 2005 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Korea, North Geography 2005 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Korea, North Geography 2005 should be addressed to the CIA.

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