North Korea: Government

Democratic People's Republic of Korea Flag
Coat of Arms of Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Key Figures

Chief of State: Kim Jong Un

Head of Government: Premier Pak Pong-ju

Overview

Government Name: Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Constitution: Adopted: 1942; Last amended in 2012. Establishes status as a socialist state and defined as dictatorship of people's democracy. People have civil and political rights but they are superseded by safeguarding political and ideological unit of the people.

Government Type: Communist State under Totalitarian Dictatorship.

Main Powers Election Process Election Cycle Source: ElectionGuide, http://www.electionguide.org/
Executive

Cabinet is the administrative and executive body of the highest organ of state power and a general state management organ.

No credible election process.

Until dismissal by chief of state

Judicial

The judiciary does not practice judicial review. The security forces so often interfere with the actions of the judiciary that the conclusion of most cases is foregone. Experts outside North Korea and numerous defectors confirm this to be a widespread problem.

Elections in North Korea are non-competitive and have only single candidate races.

5 years

Legislative

The Supreme People's Assembly always passes all proposals by the government into law during its sessions with almost no debate or modification.

Elections in North Korea are non-competitive and have only single candidate races.

5 years

International Relations

Foreign Policy Trends: Isolationist - only maintain significant relations with China, Russia, and Pakistan. Limited with others and none with Japan, US or South Korea.

Regional Trade Blocs: No regional trade blocs.

Treaties: No multilateral military treaties


International Organization Participation  Source: CIA World Factbook

ARF ESCAP FAO G-77 ICAO ICC
ICRM IFAD IFRCS IHO IMO IOC
IPU ISO ITSO ITU NAM UN
UNCTAD UNESCO UNIDO UNWTO UPU WFTU
WHO WIPO WMO

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Environmental Agreements  Source: CIA World Factbook

Antarctic Treaty Biodiversity Climate Change Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol Desertification Environmental Modification
Hazardous Wastes Law of the Sea Ozone Layer Protection Ship Pollution

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Tax Authority: Information not available

Tax Name: Information not available


Sources:

CIA World Factbook and U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets except where stated otherwise.

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