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    Korea, North Geography - 1989

      Total area: 120,540 km2
      land area: 120,410 km2

      Comparative area: slightly smaller than Mississippi

      Land boundaries: 1,671 km total
      China 1,416 km, South Korea 238 km, USSR 17 km

      Coastline: 2,495 km

      Maritime claims: @m5Extended economic zone: 200 nm
      @m5Territorial sea: 12 nm
      @m5Military boundary line: 50 nm (all foreign vessels and aircraft without permission are banned)

      Disputes: short section of boundary with China is indefinite; Demarcation Line with South Korea

      Climate: temperate with rainfall concentrated in summer

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

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

      Land use: 18% arable land; 1% permanent crops; NEGL% meadows and pastures; 74% forest and woodland; 7% other; includes 9% irrigated

      Environment: mountainous interior is isolated, nearly inaccessible, and sparsely populated; late spring droughts often followed by severe flooding

      Note: strategic location bordering China, South Korea, and USSR

      NOTE: The information regarding Korea, North on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Korea, North Geography 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Korea, North Geography 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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