Sunday, August 9, 2009

North Korea or DPRK

Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) or more familiarly known as North Korea is normally associated with being belligerent towards the USA on nuclear matters. However, during the last few days DPRK has figured quite prominently in the Indian media for a completely different reason. A North Korean ship was discovered at anchor near Hut Bay an island in the exotic Andaman & Nicobar group of islands. She was then escorted to Port Blair for a tête-à-tête. The Indian authorities not very unreasonably wanted to know the usual what, where, whither and when from the ship’s Captain and crew.

But, our business with North Korea is about its involvement in the philatelic world. In that connection I place before you a few DPRK miniature sheets from my small collection of stamps and other associated stuff from that small but highly important country in world politics. You would observe that most of the stamps are very ‘The Leader’ centric. However, those on other topics are very pretty, especially the ones on Korean Flora and Fauna.

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