North Korea Applies for Internet Domain Code


Although the country code KP (Democratic People's Republic of Korea /North Korea) has been available for some time, there had been no agency in North Korea to administer any .kp Web sites. This has been seen as an sign of the official policy to isolate North Korea from outside influences.

In Aug 2007, ICANN reported that it had received a request to "delegate this doman," but they said no decision had been reached as of Aug 14, 2007.

According to Prof. Kim Young-Soo, North Korea does have some access to the Internet, but is probably only available to only a few of the highest-level government officials, including Kim Jong-il.


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