North Korea is known as the Hermit Kingdom, a name bestowed upon it to describe its isolation from the rest of the world. The reality is, North Korea is probably both more and less isolated than you ever realized.
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North Korea's current state is largely the result of World War II, when Korea was split into territories run by the United States and the Soviet Union. When the Korean War began in 1950, each side was backed by these major powers. American bombing severely damaged North Korea, leaving only one building standing in the capital. An agreement created a ceasefire but the tensions and the war itself continued. After the ceasefire, North Korean leader Kim Il Sung decided the best path forward would be one of self-reliance in politics, economics, and military power.
What many people don't realize is that North Korea does have ties with some other countries. It greatly depends on trade with China, which amounted to $3.5 billion in 2010, according to the Christian Science Monitor. It also has diplomatic ties with 164 countries and 24 countries have embassies in Pyongyang. However, the people of North Korea remain highly isolated. Most don't have access to the Internet or phones that call out of the country. BBC journalists who visited the country in 2011, reported that the university students had never heard of Nelson Mandela but they did herald the Great Leader for allowing them to watch English and American films, such as The Sound of Music.
Read more about North Korea:
The World Post: How North Korea Became So Isolated
The National Committee on North Korea: DPRK Diplomatic Relations