North Korea's outlook has earned it the title of the 'hermit kingdom.' The country is both cut off from the wider world and intensely focused on its neighbors.
Both North and South Korea are technically at war, after a ceasefire halted the Korean War more than 50 years ago. Tensions reached a new high when the North torpedoed a South Korean warship in 2010, killing 46 sailors. The South blamed Pyongyang, but the North denied responsibility. Later that year, the North bombarded a South Korean island, the first attack against civilians since the Korean War. This does not win friends with South Korea’s big ally, the US.
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