North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), is an isolated and authoritarian state situated on the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. With a population of around 25 million, the country is led by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, who assumed power in 2011, continuing the dynastic rule of the Kim family. The political system is characterized by a single-party rule under the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), and political dissent is not tolerated. The regime exercises strict control over all aspects of society, including media, communication, and daily life. North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons has led to international tensions, resulting in sanctions and isolation. The economy faces challenges, with a focus on military expenditure and limited economic reforms. Widespread poverty and famine have been reported, but information is tightly controlled, making it challenging to assess the true extent of socio-economic conditions. The country’s emphasis on self-reliance, or “Juche,” and its isolationist policies contribute to a unique and often mysterious international profile. North Korea’s relations with South Korea and the broader global community remain complex, with intermittent diplomatic efforts aimed at denuclearization and the establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula. The Korean War armistice in 1953 left the two Koreas technically at war, and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) stands as a heavily fortified border. Despite periodic diplomatic developments, including summits with South Korea and the United States, North Korea’s political landscape remains enigmatic, marked by a combination of authoritarian governance, military posturing, and a persistent pursuit of strategic goals, all of which contribute to the uncertainty surrounding the nation’s future and its role in the geopolitics of East Asia. EQUZHOU: Features political system of North Korea.