[KS] North Korean website

Afostercarter at aol.com Afostercarter at aol.com
Mon Jul 19 12:30:12 EDT 2004


At last, a (the?) real North Korean website! See below.

Trouble is, I can't register. I fill out the form, but am
endlessly asked to fill in my password, even when
I already did so.

Anyone else have this problem? (Maybe the software
can smell a capitalist running dog ....)

cheers
Aidan FC

AIDAN FOSTER-CARTER
Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology & Modern Korea, Leeds University 

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CNN.com - North Korea opens pilot Web portal - Jul 15, 2004 

            North Korea opens pilot Web portal
            Friday, July 16, 2004 Posted: 0253 GMT (1053 HKT) 

            SEOUL, South Korea (Reuters) -- Reclusive North Korea has been 
            testing its first Web portal for the past month, but so far 
visitors 
            have not been able to access the entertainment, shopping and free 

            e-mail facilities it promises.
            The Naenara ("My Country") site at www.kcckp.net is based in 
            Germany, and links to information on North Korean politics, 
tourism 
            and trade, along with its official media and "real time" music 
and 
            movies decorate the home page.
            The Web site, available in English and Korean, says it received 
more 
            than 14,000 visitors on Wednesday. But visitors seeking the kind 
of 
            content usually expected of commercial Web portals would have 
come 
            up empty-handed.
            While the ubiquitous martial music of the world's most 
militarized 
            state emanated from the page, links to e-mail service and 
multimedia 
            content were not functioning.
            But visitors who registered could browse the latest news -- from 
            June -- published by the state-run Korean Central News Agency 
            (KCNA), a mouthpiece of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and his 
            communist government.
            KCNA has been available on the Internet for about five years on 
the 
            Japan-based site www.kcna.co.jp. Another North Korean site, 
            www.uriminzokkiri.com, publishes Pyongyang views from China.
            The new portal provides the North Korean telephone numbers of 
state 
            trading companies that offer products ranging from "stylish 
dresses 
            of fine workmanship" to ferrous and nonferrous metals.
            The launch follows the start of online gambling run by the North 
two 
            years ago and an online shopping mall in the South that sells 
goods 
            imported from the North.
            Naenara is located on a server based in Germany and was 
registered 
            at the end of May, domain research service Whois.net says.
            Contact telephone numbers provided for the site's Web master are 
            based in North Korea, whose leader Kim is believed to be an avid 
Web 
            surfer himself.

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