SEOUL (Yonhap) — North Korea, which has limited channels to upgrade its science and technology due to its reclusiveness, held its annual international book fair for promoting exchanges of science and technology in late June.
The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 23 said the Sixth Pyongyang International Science and Technology Book Fair opened at the Three-Revolution Exhibition on the same day.
Reflecting the importance of the event, officials led by Choe Thae-bok, secretary of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party, and scientists and technologists attended the ceremony alongside delegations of different countries, the KCNA said.
Mun Jae-chol, acting chairman of the Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, said at the opening ceremony that the fair would contribute to promoting mutual understanding, trust, friendship and cooperation among countries and nations.
Participants examined advanced science and technology books and materials displayed by the DPRK (North Korea), China, Russia, Germany, Mongolia, Indonesia, Poland, international organizations such as the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund and organizations of overseas compatriots, the KCNA added.